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Past Initiatives

Building Healthy Communities

Building Healthy Communities is a ten-year (2010-2020) strategic initiative of The California Endowment that targets 14 communities in California. Among them is the Alisal community in East Salinas. In 2009-2010 the Community Foundation facilitated the planning process whereby the Alisal community set its goals and priorities for the future.  

Communities Advancing the Arts

Communities Advancing the Arts (2005-2010) was supported by the James Irvine Foundation and enabled the Community Foundation to increase financial support and technical assistance to the Arts Council for Monterey County and arts organizations seeking to build new, sustainable funding streams.

Literacy Campaign for Monterey County

Literacy Campaign for Monterey County (2006-2011) With the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, First 5 Monterey County, and other funders, the Literacy Campaign was a multi-million dollar effort to support and expand adult literacy services. The target audience of this five-year, concerted program was adults, ages 18 to 35, with a focus on parents with young children. Outcomes included increased awareness and support of literacy, developing the network of literacy service providers, and building the essential infrastructure for sustaining adult literacy services countywide. The Literacy Campaign for Monterey County became a nonprofit in 2011.

Non-point Source Pollution Projects and Monitoring Funds & Grantmaking

Non-point Source Pollution Projects and Monitoring funds and grantmaking (2003-1014) was a PG&E Special Environmental Project (SEP) of the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Community Foundation manages the funds (initially $4.75 million) and grantmaking process. Multi-year grants have been awarded to nonprofit and public agencies so they can develop, implement, and monitor impacts of projects to reduce runoff of sediment, fertilizer, nutrients, pesticides, herbicides, and other pollutants from commercial agriculture and other activities into Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing Harbor, and tributary watersheds. Final grants will be awarded in 2014.

Poder Popular

Poder Popular (People Power!) (2006-2009) is a part of the Agricultural Worker Health Initiative (AWHI), sponsored by The California Endowment. Locally, Poder Popular was administered by the Community Foundation and operates in the communities of East Salinas, Gonzales and Greenfield. Since April, 2010, the program is now being administered by the Center for Community Advocacy (CCA). Poder Popular aims to engage farm workers in improving the overall health of their families and the communities in which they live. 

Social Network Support Project

Social Network Support Project (2007-2010) received funding and technical assistance from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation that enable Community Foundation to support network leaders and organizations in various nonprofit fields and communities work more effectively and efficiently through enhanced analysis and visualization of their networks, joint planning, communication, and action.

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