Northern Monterey County Foundation

Northern Monterey County Foundation

Serving the communities of: Aromas, Bolsa Knolls, Boronda, Castroville, Elkhorn, Las Lomas, Moss Landing, Oak Hills, Pajaro, Prunedale, Royal Oaks, Santa Rita.

Giving Back to North County

The Northern Monterey County Foundation (NMCF) was created in 2016 as a unique vehicle to bring positive change to the communities of North Monterey County. The NMCF is an opportunity for individuals, families and businesses to come together to improve the quality of life for all residents of North County.

A local advisory board provides oversight, defines grantmaking priorities, and raises funds that are distributed to community organizations serving Northern Monterey County. As an affiliate of the Community Foundation, the CFMC provides financial stewardship, administrative support and the services of a fully accredited community foundation that is held to rigorous National Standards.

Impact – $200,000 Granted 2017-2022

2022 Grants

In July 2022, the NMCF granted $40,000 to 12 organizations:

  • Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County for assistance grant program
  • Central Coast YMCA for community programming in Pajaro Park
  • Farm Discovery at Live Earth for farming & distribution of produce & nutrition education for Northern Monterey County residents
  • Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast for Will Power/Won’t Power in Castroville
  • Independent Transportation Network Monterey County for North Line – dignified transportation for medical, grocery, or pharmacy needs in North County
  • Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services for comprehensive support for children with cancer and their families in Northern Monterey County
  • Legal Services for Seniors for no-cost professional legal services for low-income seniors in North County
  • North County Youth Recreation Association for Manzanita youth playground project and parking lot paving
  • Pajaro Valley Shelter Services for coordinated economic development for families in Pajaro
  • Partnership for Children for increasing access to medical care for children with serious illnesses and supporting their families
  • Spay Neuter Imperative Project California DBA SNIP for one low-cost mobile spay/neuter clinic for a low-income community in Northern Monterey County
  • Wonder Wood Ranch for Horses & Heroes equine therapeutic services for foster & high trauma kids

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Past Grants

Past Grants

In its first five years, 2017–2021, the NMCF awarded $160,000 in grants.

In 2021, its fifth year of grants, the NMCF awarded $31,500 in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations serving North County:

AIM for Mental Health
Central Coast VNA & Hospice
Coastal Kids Home Care
Farm Discovery at Live Earth
Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast
Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust 
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
Partnership for Children
Prunedale Senior Center
Special Kids Connect
Wonder Wood Ranch

In 2020, its fourth year of grants, the NMCF awarded $35,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations serving North County:

Central Coast YMCA
Coastal Kids Home Care
Community Foundation for Monterey County Covid-19 Relief Fund
Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services
Legal Services for Seniors
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
Partnership for Children
Rancho Cielo
Together in Pajaro
Wonder Wood Ranch

In 2019, its third year of grants, the NMCF awarded $34,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations serving North County:

Animal Friends Rescue Project
Central California Writing Project
Coastal Kids Home Care
Community Human Services
Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries
Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services
Legal Services for Seniors
Partnership for Children
Prunedale Senior Center
Rancho Cielo
Together in Pajaro

In 2018, its second year of grants, the NMCF awarded $35,500 in grants to 14 nonprofit organizations serving North County:

Animal Friends Rescue Project
Aromas Community Center Foundation
Center for Land-Based Learning
Central Coast YMCA
CHISPA
Coastal Kids Home Care
Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries
Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services
Legal Services for Seniors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
Partnership for Children
Positive Discipline Community Resources

In 2017, its first year of grants, the NMCF awarded $24,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations serving North County:

Big Sur Land Trust
Castroville Coalition
Central Coast YMCA
Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries
Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast
Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services
Legal Services for Seniors
Partnership for Children
Prunedale Senior Center

Support North County

There are four main giving levels for NMCF supporters, though gifts of any amount are appreciated. Donations can be a one-time gift or a five-year pledge, and donors will be recognized as follows:

Founder: $25,000, or $5,000 per year for five years

Benefactor: $12,500, or $2,500 per year for five years

Sustainer: $5,000, or $1,000 per year for five years

Contributor: $2,500, or $500 per year for five years

  • Half of your gift will go to the endowment to become a permanent resource for Northern Monterey County and half will be available to make local grants in the first years of the NMCF.
  • All potential grants will be reviewed by the NMCF advisory board and will be used only for organizations serving the listed communities.
  • The goal is to build an endowment to sustain grantmaking into the future.
  • Gifts in the name of loved ones, planned gifts and legacies established through your estate are additional ways to support the NMCF.
  • You can donate by credit card by clicking the Give Now button below. If you wish to donate by mail, download the Pledge Form and send it to us.

Give Now

View the Current NMCF Donors

Founders

  • Chuck and Ramona Allen
  • Nancy Ausonio
  • Ricky Cabrera
  • Dr. Rolando Cabrera
  • Don Chapin
  • Clint and Karen Miller
  • Manny Morales and Barbara Solomone
  • Miles and Rosanne Reiter
  • Tottino Family Trust
  • Driscoll’s
  • Ocean Mist Farms
  • Vistra Corp.

Benefactors

  • Linda and DL Grier
  • Kevin and Mary Murphy
  • Aromas-Watsonville Fraternal Order of Eagles
  • The McSherry Group, LLC

Sustainers

  • Robert and Anne Herendeen
  • Frank Capurro
  • Janet Heien
  • Manuel and Susan Osorio
  • Driscoll’s, in recognition of the life and accomplishments of Kathryn M. Viscovich
  • Graniterock
  • Pacific Propane, in memory of Maskey Heath
  • Seatec Underground Utilities, Inc.
  • Taylor Fresh Foods
  • TriCal, Inc.

Contributors

  • Carol and Lou Calcagno
  • David and Susan Gill
  • Kevin and Essie Martin
  • Joe and Mary Pezzini
  • John and Patti Phillips
  • D’Arrigo Brothers
  • Dobler & Sons
  • Mechanics Bank
  • Santa Fe Mercados
  • Wells Fargo

NMCF Advisory Board

Chuck Allen, Chair (Las Lomas/Pajaro); Glen Alameda (Castroville); Lance Batistich (Las Lomas); Ricky Cabrera (Salinas); Don Chapin (Prunedale); Kathy Genasci (Moss Landing); Anne Herendeen (Prunedale); Nick Kambic (Watsonville/Pajaro/Aromas); Karen Miller (Pajaro); John Phillips (Elkhorn); Brian Smith (Aromas/Watsonville)

NMCF Grant Information

Click the link for grant eligibility and guidelines.

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