Big Sur Fund in Memory of Weston Call

Big Sur Fund in Memory of Weston Call

Big Sur Fund in Memory of Weston Call

A Special Place, a Unique Opportunity

Big Sur has always had a unique spirit and sense of community. Those that live here or have enjoyed the beauty and special character of this place now have an opportunity to sustain the quality of life, now and in the future. This fund supports programs and services for people from Mal Paso Creek to the county line.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The Big Sur Fund in Memory of Weston Call was created in 2018 to provide residents, businesses and visitors an opportunity to give back to Big Sur. It is governed by an advisory board which provides oversight, raises funds, defines grantmaking priorities and recommends grants to benefit the Big Sur area. It is a special purpose fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, which offers administrative and investment support.

Mission

To provide sustainable, impactful and supplemental funding to nonprofit organizations benefiting the residents of Big Sur and to build resources for disaster relief.

Our Priorities: Health, Safety, Education, Arts, Culture and Community Stewardship

  • Create additional funding for health, fire and safety needs through Big Sur nonprofits
  • Support educational, cultural and historical programs
  • Aid sustainable tourism and destination stewardship efforts
  • Create and enhance community partnerships
  • Support nonprofits providing services in Big Sur
  • Respond to disaster through the Big Sur Disaster Relief Fund, a component fund of the Big Sur Fund In Memory of Weston Call

Impact

$29,700 Granted in 2023

  • Arts Council for Monterey County for Social-Emotional Learning Through Art at Captain Cooper School in Big Sur
  • Big Sur Grange to Provide educational and cultural enrichment programs and support existing nonprofits
  • Big Sur Land Trust for Emergency Access Roads: Palo Colorado Canyon
  • Big Sur Park School for Tuition Scholarships for local Big Sur families
  • Carmel Valley Community Youth Center for Water safety instruction
  • Central Coast YMCA for YMCA Summer Camp in Big Sur
  • Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula for Big Sur CERT: Volunteers: training supporting Big Sur communities
  • Keep Big Sur Wild for Invasive species clean up
  • Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust for Community seafood donation program: Big Sur
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance for Pine Ridge Trailhead Ambassador Program in Monterey County

Past Grants

$40,000 Granted in 2022

In its second round of competitive grants the fund awarded $40,000 to ten organizations.

  • Arts Council for Monterey County for social-emotional learning through art in Big Sur
  • Big Sur Fiddle Camp for their production of Sirena, the Musical
  • Big Sur Grange for their community engagement program
  • Big Sur Park School for early childhood support
  • Community Association of Big Sur for The Big Share program addressing food insecurity
  • Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula for Big Sur CERT: Vests, safety glasses and flagging tape
  • Henry Miller Memorial Library to provide stewardship for the arts & the community in Big Sur
  • Los Padres Forest Association for the creation of a Big Sur Visitor use map
  • Stage Kids Etc for summer theater program
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance for a Pine Ridge Trail visitor guide

$37,500 Granted in 2021

In its first round of competitive grants the fund awarded $37,500 to eight organizations.

  • Arts Council for Monterey County to partner with Captain Cooper School to provide a two-week Summer Arts camp and year-long arts education
  • Big Sur Byway Organization for administrative support to implement Big Sur Coast Highway Management Plan;
  • Big Sur Fiddle Camp to produce a CD and theater show with Fiddle Camp students, faculty, and local actors;
  • Big Sur Land Trust to support the Land Stewardship Program at Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur;
  • Big Sur Park School to provide scholarships to preschoolers to receive an outdoor education experience;
  • CERV of the Monterey Peninsula, to purchase needed equipment for the Big Sur Community Emergency Response Team
  • New Camaldoli Hermitage for upgrades and repairs to trails, benches and meditation points serving their 20,000 annual visitors
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance to create and print a Pine Ridge Trail visitor guide to teach responsible recreation in Big Sur.

Big Sur Disaster Relief Fund – $43,797 Granted

Big Sur is a wild place. Part of the mission of the Big Sur Fund is to build resources for disaster relief, in order to be prepared to rapidly respond when needed. The Big Sur Disaster Relief Fund is dedicated to this important cause.

In 2020 the Big Sur Disaster Relief Fund provide $43,797 in grants to nonprofits in response to the Dolan Fire. To support Big Sur residents affected by current and future disasters, donate online, or see below for information on sending a check.

 

Join Us!

Whether you and your family have lived or worked in Big Sur for months or decades, or you are a visitor that has enjoyed its beauty, you can give in a way that is meaningful today and will also have an impact for future generations.

Make a Gift

  • To make a gift to a fund online, click on one of these “Donate Now” buttons:

Donate to the Big Sur Fund In Memory of Weston Call

Donate to the Big Sur Disaster Relief Fund

  • Send checks made payable to “Community Foundation for Monterey County” with “Big Sur Fund” or “Big Sur Disaster Relief Fund” in the memo line
    Mail to: 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940
  • To make a gift of stock or other assets, contact Christine Dawson, CFMC Vice President of Philanthropic Services at 831.375.9712 x126.

Donations to the Big Sur Fund In Memory of Weston Call and the Big Sur Disaster Relief Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) are tax deductible. The CFMC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Tax ID #94-1615897.

Advisory Council

Brian Call, Chair; Galen Call; Sharen Carey; Kirk Gafill; Matt Glazer; Jennifer Haydu; Jeff Kraft, Frank Pinney

Grant Information

  • Click the link for Big Sur Fund grant eligibility and guidelines.

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About Weston Call

Weston Call was born on June 28, 1986 with a smile on his face. He was all about love. Always a thoughtful out of the box thinker, he challenged the norm from an early age. Athletic in the world of surfing, mountain biking, skiing, hiking and backpacking as a young adult, adventure was an important pursuit. Serving others was equally valuable to him and he realized how to develop a business model to serve tourists and business owners alike. Sur Transportation LLC which began in 2016 was his creation enabling not only transport services in Big Sur but also as a platform to educate tourists on the uniqueness of the area and how to successfully visit.

Weston showed his vision and courage to fill a need as well as demonstrate a resolve to do what others could not. He was solution oriented with a generous nature and was passionately involved in local non- profits as a volunteer. All the while he worked tirelessly to solve the challenge of Big Sur tourism in a place that the world had discovered through Instagram and Facebook. He embraced humor and a serious tone of justice.

The Big Sur Fund in Memory of Weston Call is a vehicle to support the causes he loved in a sustainable, impactful, and supplemental way. He was a collaborator and led others to see their decisions could benefit the greater collective and future of Big Sur. His family is grateful to be able to offer his legacy to the sound and prosperous community he so loved. Weston passed by natural causes at the young age of 32 on August 12, 2018.

For more information about Weston’s life and initiatives around maintaining a healthy balance between locals and tourists in Big Sur, how you can be involved and local resources visit www.lovebigsur.com.