Southern Monterey County Foundation

Southern Monterey County Foundation

The Southern Monterey County Foundation 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. From 2014 through 2021, the SMCF has granted over $168,000 to benefit the communities of Southern Monterey County.


2021 SMCF Grants

In November 2021 the SMCF granted $25,300 to 14 organizations: City of King Recreation Department; Girls Inc. of the Central Coast; Greenfield Community Science Workshop-serving King City and San Ardo; Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services; King City Boxing Club; King City in Bloom; Kinship Center; Mee Memorial Hospital; Monterey College of Law; San Antonio Community Betterment Association; Sol Treasures; South Monterey County Animal Rescue; Special Kids Connect; The Parenting Connection. 2021 grantmaking was supported in part by Chevron.

2020 SMCF Grants

A 2020 grant to Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum helped fund the COVID-19 Oral Histories and Documentary Project

In 2020, the SMCF granted $21,250 to 13 nonprofit organizations that are providing a variety of community-based services aimed at improving the quality of life for Southern Monterey County residents: Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua, COVID-19 Relief Fund of the CFMC, City of Greenfield: Community Science Workshops, Girls Inc. of the Central Coast, King City Boxing Club, Kinship Center, Monterey College of Law, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum, Monterey County Pops!, Partnership for Children, Sol Treasures, Special Kids Connect, and Sun Street Centers.

SMCF Grant Information

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Support South County

There are four giving levels for SMCF supporters, though gifts of any amount are appreciated. Donations can be one-time gifts or pledges over any number of years, and donors will be recognized as follows:

South County Community Champion: $25,000

South County Community Generator: $10,000

South County Founding Family: $5,000

Friends of the SMCF: up to $5,000

  • 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 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 Southern Monterey County Foundation Donors

Community Champions:

  • Susan and David Gill
  • Mike and Mary Orradre
  • Chevron

Community Generators:

  • Jay and Ann Brown
  • Jerry* and Paulette Bumbalough
  • John and Janet Buttgereit
  • Stan and Barbara Clark
  • John and Annette Romans

Founding Family:

  • Pier and Norma Azcona
  • Cody and Mandy Bassetti
  • Connie and Peg Bauer
  • Marvin and Grace Borzini
  • Holly and Bill Casey
  • Richard and Sharon Casey
  • Robert and Allie Cullen
  • Chris and Kathy Davis
  • James and Colleen Ewart
  • 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
  • John and Barbara Pekema
  • Tom and Melody Shepherd
  • The Umbarger Family
  • D’Arrigo Bros. Co., of California
  • Lynn’s Too
  • Scheid Vineyards

Friends of the Southern Monterey County Foundation

  • Peter Anderson
  • 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
  • Golden State Sciences
  • Los Vaqueros Hunting Club Traveling Band
  • Oak Shores Realty

*In Memoriam

SMCF Advisory Board

Jamie Jones (Chair), King City; Oscar Avalos, King City; Linda Benway, King City; Grace Borzini, King City; Ryan Casey, King City; Rob Cullen, King City; Michel Hardoy, Lockwood; Erin King, King City; Mikel Ann Miller, King City; Brett Saunders, Lockwood; Tom Shepherd, Lockwood; Teri Umbarger, King City