Donor Stories

The Joel and Dena Gambord Charitable Foundation

We often refer to the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) as “your partner in philanthropy.” What does that mean? We work with each individual, family and business to provide a road map to fulfill their philanthropic vision. We act as a catalyst, providing a bridge between our fund holders and the needs of the community.

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Monica Abbott: An Inspiration On and Off the Field

Monica Abbott is inspiring on many levels. She is an Olympian. A professional athlete. A local girl made good. Most impressive is her commitment to give back to local female student athletes through academic scholarships. Her generous spirit shone through as she met with the first two recipients of the Monica Abbott Scholarship Fund.

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2013 Distinguished Trustee Award

The CFMC annually honors an individual or couple who has demonstrated exceptional generosity and commitment in supporting charitable causes in Monterey County. In 2013, the award was presented to Warren Wayland of Hayashi & Wayland. As the award recipient, he was able to designate a $10,000 CFMC grant to the nonprofit of his choice, Public Recreation Unlimited, for Rabobank Stadium.

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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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