Affiliate Funds

Give where you live! Affiliate Funds create opportunities for cities and areas to raise and direct resources in their communities.

SMCF - Advisory Board

Southern Monterey County Foundation’s Inaugural Advisory Board in 2014

You shop local, eat local, why not give local? – Jay and Ann Brown

Affiliate Funds are field of interest funds designated for the benefit of a specific geographic area within Monterey County. With local advisory councils and presence, affiliate funds may engage in endowment building, fundraising, grantmaking, and other activities to promote local philanthropy and community building.

How it Works

  • The CFMC provides technical, fiscal and administrative expertise to area leadership to build permanent charitable funds.
  • Resources are raised within a community or region and held by the CFMC. As an affiliate fund grows, it may include additional funds created by the affiliate itself and other organizations or individuals. Grants are distributed upon the recommendation of the affiliate’s advisory board.
  • Affiliates benefit from centralized administration while the advisory board brings local knowledge and expertise.
  • Individuals, families and businesses make tax-deductible gifts in the form of cash, real estate, marketable securities or other assets. Gifts in the name of loved ones, planned gifts and estate gifts are also ways people can give.
  • Endowed funds maximize donor gifts, improving the welfare of the community today while leaving a legacy for future generations.

Northern Monterey County Foundation

The Northern Monterey County Foundation was created in 2016 as a unique vehicle to bring positive change to the following communities of North Monterey County: Aromas, Bolsa Knolls, Boronda, Castroville, Elkhorn, Las Lomas, Moss Landing, Oak Hills, Pajaro, Prunedale, Royal Oaks and Santa Rita.

Learn More about the Northern Monterey County Foundation

Southern Monterey County Foundation

SMCF Founding Family

The Southern Monterey County Foundation’s Founding Family

Founded in 2014, the Southern Monterey County Foundation provides an opportunity for donors to pool philanthropic resources to strengthen the region of King City and all other communities south to the county line.


Learn More about the Southern Monterey County Foundation