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 – $160,000 Granted 2017-2021

2021 Grants

In August 2021 the NMCF Granted $31,500 to 11 organizations. 

  • AIM for Mental Health for AIM Ideas Lab, a youth program to ignite mental health advocacy and elevate student voices in research
  • Central Coast VNA & Hospice to provide Tdap vaccinations for North Monterey County Schools
  • Coastal Kids Home Care for health and mental health care for children and teens
  • Farm Discovery at Live Earth for farming & distribution of produce & nutrition education for N. Monterey County Residents in need
  • Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast for empowering girls in Castroville to resist peer pressure to engage in unhealthy behaviors
  • Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust for lost gear recovery project cleaning the bay to prevent entanglements with marine life
  • Pajaro Valley Shelter Services for coordinated economic development and tenant education for families in Pajaro
  • Partnership for Children for access to medical care for children with serious illnesses and supporting their families.
  • Prunedale Senior Center, Inc. for efforts at improving the quality of life for North Monterey County Seniors
  • Special Kids Connect for an ability-inclusive afterschool art program for youth with special needs in Santa Rita
  • Wonder Wood Ranch for horses & heroes equine therapeutic services for North County foster kids

Past Grants

Past Grants

In its first four years, the NMCF awarded $128,500 in grants.

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 Inc. 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
  • Ocean Mist Farms
  • Vistra Corp.

Benefactors

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

Sustainers

  • Robert and Anne Herendeen
  • Frank Capurro
  • 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.
  • TriCal, Inc.

Contributors

  • Carol and Lou Calcagno
  • David and Susan Gill
  • Janet Heien
  • 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); Anne Herendeen (Prunedale); Kathy Genasci (Moss Landing); Nick Kambic; Karen Miller (Pajaro); John Phillips (Elkhorn); Brian Smith

NMCF Grant Information

Click the link for grant eligibility and guidelines.

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