Community Foundations – What We Do Together

Community Foundations – What We Do Together

Celebrating Community Foundations – #CFweek

November 12 – 18, 2016 the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) joined hundreds of community foundations across the country to reflect and celebrate “Community Foundation Week.”*

For more than 25 years, this week-long awareness campaign has educated communities about the vital role these philanthropic organizations have played in fostering local collaboration to address civic and economic challenges.

Making an Impact

Though you may not yet know the CFMC, you’ve likely felt its impact. That’s because the CFMC and more than 700 other community foundations across the country – bring donors and residents together for charitable purposes that benefit us all.

Think about this: Last year, the CFMC granted $10 million to hundreds of nonprofits in Monterey County and beyond, and has granted more than $150 million since 1981″

What is a Community Foundation?

Community foundations are nonprofit organizations run and led by local residents who have an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities and resources that shape their communities. They help individuals and businesses make the most of their philanthropy.

The Community Foundation for Monterey County: What Is a Community Foundation?


Community Foundations WeekGrants made by community foundations take many forms.

Here in Monterey County, children are educated and learn new skills, hungry people are fed, history is preserved, adults are empowered to complete college degrees, and our environment is nurtured-and that’s just a small part of what local philanthropy is doing on a daily basis. (Our 2015 Annual Report details our work).

The Community Foundation for Monterey County is one of 29 community foundations in California. These foundations invite everyday people with a vision and a passion for community to create something good and lasting together.

Giving Together

How is this accomplished?

Del Monte Beach, Monterey

Photo/Chris Burnham

All donors have the ability to support causes of their choosing. But it is particularly powerful when we can invite donor advised fund holders with similar interests to co-invest and make a stronger impact. We call this “Giving Together.”

Monterey County is a truly remarkable place. We are enriched by its beauty and abundance.  But we also know there is great need. Imagine what we can do if we continue to give together.

*Community Foundation Week has been celebrated every November 12th-18th since 1989 to raise awareness of the critical role of community philanthropy in supporting thriving communities across the country. Launched through a proclamation by former president George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems. The CFMC is one of the top 100 community foundations in asset size of more than 780 community foundations in the U.S.