Impact & Initiatives

Impact & Initiatives

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) makes a meaningful difference to donors, nonprofit organizations and the individuals who benefit from their services, working together towards a vision of “healthy, safe, vibrant communities.”

 Dan Baldwin, President/CEOGiving fuels grantmaking, grantmaking creates impact and impact attracts philanthropic resources. – Dan Baldwin, President/CEO


The CFMC undertakes select programs and initiatives to address community needs. Many initiatives are supported by funding partners seeking to increase their impact through collaboration. Current initiatives include:

Women’s Fund

Naudia_Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands (GHGH)

GHGH Summit

Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands (GHGH)

This six-agency collaborative empowers girls by providing leadership training and activities, access to health information, research and advocacy.

Women's Economic Security - WES Participant

WES Participant

Women’s Economic Security

This three-year initiative helps low-income women gain access to the education, training, and support services to secure increased wages and jobs with advancement potential.

Community Leadership Project

CLP Monterey Grantees

CLP Grantees

The CFMC makes grants and provides technical assistance to small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations led by or serving low-income people and communities of color.

Past Initiatives include Building Healthy CommunitiesCommunities Advancing the ArtsLiteracy Campaign for Monterey CountyNon-Point Source Pollution Project and MonitoringPoder Popular and Social Network Support Project.

Programs & Partnerships

LEAD Graduates

LEAD  Graduates

LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) Institute The LEAD program builds nonprofit leadership and management excellence for the future.

Southern Monterey County Foundation

SMCF Supporters

Southern Monterey County Foundation This affiliate of the CFMC partners with a local advisory board to connect local donors with local needs in King City and points south.

North County

Northern Monterey County Foundation This affiliate of the CFMC partners with a local advisory board to connect local donors with local needs in the North County communities of Aromas, Bolsa Knolls, Boronda, Castroville, Elkhorn, Las Lomas, Moss Landing, Oak Hills, Pajaro, Prunedale, Royal Oaks and Santa Rita.

Monterey County Gives - 2014

MC Gives!

Monterey County Gives! A partnership with the Monterey County Weekly Community Fund and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Monterey County Gives! inspires millions in gifts each year to benefit participating local nonprofits.

Hundreds of generous families and individuals have chosen to partner with us by creating charitable funds in their lifetimes or through their estates.

Legacy Society


By helping donors fulfill their philanthropic vision, the CFMC has been entrusted with charitable assets of over $210 million. We steward those assets to make a difference in our communities and create lasting legacies.

Neighborhood Grants Program 2014

Neighborhood Grants


Our donors’ generosity has fueled more than $185 million in grants through 2018, and the CFMC grants more than $18 million annually to benefit hundreds of nonprofits in Monterey County and beyond.