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 (CFMC). 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 its first year, the SMCF granted $27,500 to eleven nonprofit organizations: Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua, Community Food Pantry of King City, Girls Inc. of the Central Coast, Monterey County Agriculture & Rural Life Museum, Rancho Cielo, Salinas Valley Fair, Salvation Army King City, San Bernardo Grange, SMCERTA, Sol Treasures and Youth Music Monterey.

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.

Join the Founding Family

SMCF Advisory Board

Rich Casey, King City (Chair); Grace Borzini, King City; Ann Brown, Bradley; Paulette Bumbalough, King City; Rob Cullen, King City; Tina Starkey Lopez, King City; Mikel Ann Miller, King City; Mary Orradre, San Ardo

SMCF Grant Information

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