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The Literacy Campaign for Monterey County was a five-year multimillion dollar initiative.

Community initiatives are special programs and projects the Community Foundation chooses to create or to manage for particular periods of time in order to fulfill its mission and impact urgent or ongoing community needs. Almost always, community initiatives involve funding partners seeking to increase their impacts through collaboration. Listed here are special projects, initiatives, and collaborations currently underway.

Community Foundation Initiatives

  • Community Leadership Project (2009-2012) is a joint effort of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to strengthen small and mid-sized community-based organizations that are led by or serve low-income people and communities of color in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, Central Coast, and San Joaquin Valley. The Community Foundation will grant funds and provide technical assistance to these organizations so they can flourish, compete effectively with larger peers for public and private funding resources, and fulfill their missions to positively affect the lives of diverse and low-income Californians.
  • Girls' Health in Girls' Hands (GHGH) (2009-onging) is an initiative of the Women’s Fund that aims to give girls in Monterey County a voice in shaping their future and an agenda for change.  GHGH began in 2009 as a girl-led action research project to identify health information, support and services needed by pre-teen and teen girls in Monterey County. The program continues today as a six agency collaborative to enhance girl programs and bring together girls for collective action and health empowerment. 
  • LEAD (2008-2011) - Nonprofit Leadership Education and Development Institute received planning support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and 2009-2011 funding from the Community Leadership Project (See above.) LEAD is an intensive professional development institute that is building nonprofit leadership and management excellence for the future. Participants both serve and represent the culturally diverse communities of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties.


Past Initiatives 

Past Initiatives include Building Healthy Communities, Communities Advancing the Arts, Literacy Campaign for Monterey County, Non-Point Source Pollution Project and MonitoringPoder Popular and Social Network Support Project.

Community Partnerships

  • Collaborative for Salinas Youth (2005 – ongoing) is a network of 30 youth serving agencies and nonprofits sharing resources and program information that grew out of the Community Foundation’s 2002-2006 East Salinas Initiative. The Collaborative’s goals are to build the community’s capacity to provide opportunities to young people that prevent them from engaging in high-risk behaviors that result in school failure, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and violence in East Salinas. The Community Foundation is a participating member of the collaborative and provides additional support through General Endowment Grants to member organizations, and technical assistance with organizational and network development.
  • Early Learning Opportunities – ELO (2007-2011) is the core program of First 5 Monterey County. ELO funds enable Community Foundation to make grants and provide technical assistance to organizations and neighborhood groups doing programs and projects that benefit children ages 0 to 5 years and their families through the Neighborhood Grants Program, the Literacy Campaign, and the General Endowment Grants Program.
  • Monterey County Children’s Council (1998-ongoing) provides countywide leadership and policy direction to encourage the development of a comprehensive and collaborative delivery system of services to children and youth in Monterey County. The Community Foundation is an active member in support of the Council’s vision that all children in Monterey County live in safe, nurturing homes and communities; that children are healthy, valued and succeed in school; and that they realize their full potential. The Council reports annually to the County Board of Supervisors.
  • NAMC - Nonprofit Alliance for Monterey County (2005-ongoing) NAMC is an unincorporated membership association of nonprofit organizations that work together to inform, involve, strengthen, and increase the capacity and collective power of the nonprofit industry in Monterey County. The Community Foundation helped to create and continues to support NAMC with developing and implementing programs that encourage members to work collaboratively, improve their internal operations and structures, and advocate in the larger community about the critical role and impacts of nonprofits in society.
  • Pathways 2 Safety (2007-2010) is Monterey County’s early intervention initiative designed to keep children safe in their homes and out of the child welfare system. This program is administered by the Action Council of Monterey Council and Community Foundation designs and provides training and consulting services to the nonprofits, which are working with 300 families per month to resolve issues more successfully by voluntarily engaging in services and support.


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