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A Challenge to Rise

By Dan Baldwin and Steve John Oh, how times have changed. A year ago, when we launched Monterey County Gives!, a global pandemic would have been a lame attempt at a campfire story. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were busy going about their lives. Seventy-seven homes, which have since burned down, still housed families in Cachagua, Big Sur and Salinas...

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Recruiting Engaged Board Members – Tips from Local Nonprofits

By Susie Polnaszek Program Officer and Acting Director, Center for Nonprofit Excellence Nonprofit boards members are stepping up in important ways during COVID. Pivoting quickly, making difficult decisions, speaking with voices of advocacy on behalf of their organizations and communities.  For some, shelter-in-place has meant more time to engage fully as a volunteer for nonprofit organizations and issues they are passionate about. Virtual meetings have made participation more accessible for many....

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President’s Blog: 2020 The Bright Side

By Dan Baldwin, President/CEO Community Foundation for Monterey County We’ve all heard, said or shared the jokes: what more could go wrong in 2020? Locusts? Spaceships? Frogs falling from the sky? Even old timers (wait, I’m an old timer…) can’t remember the confluence of public health, economic, civic unrest and just plain anxiety that has pervaded our daily lives. And...

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Paying it Forward: Judy Guzman Krueger

Judy Guzman Krueger believes those who have achieved have an obligation to reach back and help others. Her parents exemplified this principal. Her father Gilbert, born in CA to immigrant parents, was the only one of 8 children to earn a college degree. This paved his way for success. He was studying Spanish in Mexico and met her mother, Elvira,...

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Year-End Giving Tips & Deadlines

There are many ways to integrate charitable giving into your financial planning in 2020. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) can help. Each of these options offer tax advantages and can help you make a meaningful difference. We can help you customize a solution that works for you. Be sure to make your gifts by the deadlines for a...

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Stories of Legacy Giving

Stories of Legacy Giving Many individuals and families have entrusted the Community Foundation for Monterey (CFMC) to carry out their charitable wishes. Our latest legacy newsletter shares the stories of Steve and Barbara Brooks, Charlie Snorf, Maxwell Chaplin, Lowel Figen, Terry Jones Haber and Jim Valentine, whose generosity will leave a lasting impact. Whether you have a specific charitable vision,...

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Latinos & COVID-19: Panel Discussion (VIDEO)

The Siemba Latinos Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County held a Zoom discussion on October 8, 2020 about COVID-19 impacts on Monterey County Latinos. The virus has adversely impacted Latino/as in Monterey County. Data released by the County of Monterey demonstrates a higher prevalence of cases among Latinos at 93% of cases despite being 61% of the total...

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