Donor Stories

Fund for Homeless Women Tops $1 Million Granted

Homeless Who Has Their Back?

The Fund for Homeless Women (FHW) of the Community Foundation for Monterey County has topped $1 million in cumulative grantmaking. Since the fund began awarding grants in 2014, it has distributed 43 grants to 11 different nonprofit organizations totaling $1,149,110. The $230,000 awarded in 2018 to seven organizations in December 2018 helped the fund reach the grantmaking milestone. Fund organizers...

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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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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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