Donor Stories

The Power of Endowment

One of the main goals of the first Community Foundation, established in Cleveland in 1914, was to establish permanent charitable assets to benefit the community. Now, nearly 100 years later, that “Here for Good” vision still holds true. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) seeks to inspire philanthropy and build charitable endowments to strengthen local communities through grants to...

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A Promise Kept: The Ramsey Shirk Fund

Beth Shirk moved to Salinas to be near her mother, Pat, who had retired here from Michigan in the mid-1980s. Beth’s brother, Ramsey, was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987. A health care worker in San Francisco, he signed up for many experimental trials in order to help others. During his illness Beth and Pat supported him as best they could,...

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