Donor Stories

President’s Blog: Neighbor Helping Neighbor

Dan Baldwin CFMC President/CEO

By Daniel R  Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County As we approach the holiday season and the end of the year, it’s natural to start thinking about what has transpired in 2018. People are justifiably nervous about the advent of a “new normal” in which hardline divisiveness and rough-edged public discourse rule the day. But there is something about...

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The Big Community Give – Monterey County Gives! 2018

Monterey County Gives! brings together donors big and small to support local nonprofits and their Big Ideas. Monterey County Gives! Nov. 8 – Dec. 31, 2018 By Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County President/CEO and Steve John, Monterey Peninsula Foundation CEO  Monterey County Gives! is here—nonprofits have submitted their applications highlighting their Big Idea for this year, website retooling is...

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Year-End Giving Strategies & Deadlines

Year-End Giving

Giving Options There are many ways to integrate charitable giving into your financial planning in 2018. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) can help. You can give to causes you care about while gaining maximum tax benefit.” – Christine Dawson, Vice President of Philanthropic Services Each of these options offer tax advantages and can help you make a meaningful...

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President’s Blog: Donor Advised Funds – Creating Impact

Donor advised funds

By Daniel R. Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County For the past several months, Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) have been the subject of considerable negative press. And by association community foundations have been drawn into the discussion. Questions about DAFs have been raised in some quarters for many years, especially since financial services providers such as Fidelity and Schwab...

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The Trinidad & Lupe Gomez Family Fund

Gomez Family with Photo

The American Dream From humble roots Trinidad and Lupe Gomez epitomize the American Dream. Both were from migrant farmworker families who followed the crops in California before settling in Gonzales.  “Trini” left school at the age of 12 to work the fields and help support his family. Lupe was a year short of completing high school when she too had...

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