Southern Monterey County Foundation

Southern Monterey County Foundation

The Southern Monterey County Foundation (SMCF) helps donors invest their contributions close to home and improve the quality of life for area residents.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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

The SMCF provides an opportunity for donors to pool philanthropic resources to strengthen communities from King City to points south. It is governed by an advisory board of area residents who have a deep understanding of community needs, appreciation for Southern Monterey County and the tradition of neighbors helping neighbors.


SMCF Grantee Sol Treasures Youth OrchestraIn 2017, its fourth year of grantmaking, the SMCF granted $20,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations:  Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de PaduaCity of Greenfield: Community Science Workshops, City of King Recreation Department, Community Food Pantry of King CityFoundation for Monterey County Free Libraries, Girls Inc. of the Central Coast, GRID Alternatives Central Coast, King City Boxing Club, Legal Services for Seniors, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum, Monterey County Dance Foundation, Monterey County Pops!, Partnership for Children, Sol Treasures and YWCA of Monterey County. Since 2014, the SMCF has granted over $72,000 to benefit the communities of Southern Monterey County.

Become a Founding Family Member

Those who contribute $5,000 or more (in a one-time gift or five-year pledge) will be recognized as Founding Family Members of the SMCF. Founding Family members will help the SMCF make an immediate impact through local grants over its first five years and build a permanent resource to benefit Southern Monterey County. Please download the flyer for more information or to mail in a contribution.

  • Half of your gift will go to the endowment to become a permanent resource for Southern Monterey County and half will be available to make local grants each of the first five years.
  • All potential grants will be reviewed by the SMCF advisory board and will be used only for organizations serving this region.
  • 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 SMCF.
  • You can join by credit card by clicking the Give Now button below. If you wish to join by mail, download the Pledge Form and send it to us.

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View the Founding Family of the Southern Monterey County Foundation

  • Pier and Norma Azcona
  • Cody and Mandy Bassetti
  • Connie and Peg Bauer
  • Marvin and Grace Borzini
  • Jay and Ann Brown
  • Jerry and Paulette Bumbalough
  • John and Janet Buttgereit
  • Holly and Bill Casey
  • Richard and Sharon Casey
  • Robert and Allie Cullen
  • Chris and Kathy Davis
  • James and Colleen Ewart
  • Susan and David Gill
  • Joe and Linda Grebmeier-In Memory of Ralph & Edith Grebmeier
  • Michel and Denise Hardoy
  • Nathan M. and Cindy Holaday
  • Vince and Tina Lopez
  • Lynn and Mikel Ann Miller
  • Arvid and Ann Myhre
  • Mike and Mary Orradre
  • John and Barbara Pekema
  • The Umbarger Family
  • Chevron
  • D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California
  • Lynn’s Too
  • Scheid Vineyards

View the Friends of the Southern Monterey County Foundation

  • Linda Benway
  • John and Leslie Cederquist
  • Margaret Duflock
  • Renate Funke
  • Michael and Jamie Lynn Jones
  • Jim and Janet Massey
  • Anita and Ed McKean
  • Karon Nichols
  • TJ Plew-In Memory of Thelma Anita Brackman
  • Los Vaqueros Hunting Club Traveling Band

SMCF Advisory Board

Rob Cullen (Chair), King City; Linda Benway, King City; Grace Borzini, King City; Paulette Bumbalough, King City; Michel Hardoy, Lockwood; Jamie Jones, King City; Peggy Keirn, King City; Mikel Ann Miller, King City

SMCF Grant Information

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