SMCF: A Shining Example of Partnership

An affiliate fund is perhaps the ultimate example of partnering with local donors to enhance philanthropy. The CFMC’s first affiliate fund, the Southern Monterey County Foundation (SMCF) was launched in 2014. Formed by an advisory board of local residents in partnership with the CFMC, the name was chosen to represent the area served, which includes King City and the communities south to the county line.

Affiliate funds provide an opportunity for donors to pool philanthropic resources and be a part of the investment portfolio of the CFMC, while they direct grants based on their local knowledge. The CFMC provides financial stewardship, administrative support and the services of a fully accredited community foundation that is held to rigorous national standards.

In 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.

Founding Family – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The SMCF advisory board has a deep understanding of needs in the region, and is inviting partners to provide annual grants to organizations working to make Southern Monterey County communities better places for all. As part of its effort to build a permanent philanthropic resource, the SMCF is asking community members to become part of the Founding Family. With a commitment of $5,000, half of which goes to the endowment, half of which supports immediate grantmaking, Founding Family members help the SMCF make a difference now and for future

Through June, 2015 the SMCF has 19 Founding Family members, made up of individuals and companies: Pier and Norma Azcona, Cody and Mandy Bassetti, Marvin and Grace Borzini, Jay and Ann Brown, Jerry and Paulette Bumbalough, John and Janet Buttgereit, Holly and Bill Casey, Richard and Sharon Casey, Robert and Allie Cullen, Susan and David Gill, Joe and Linda Grebmeier (In memory of Ralph & Edith Grebmeier), Nathan M. and Cindy Holaday, Vince and Tina Starkey Lopez, Lynn and Mikel Ann Miller, Arvid and Ann Myhre, Mike and Mary Orradre, John and Barbara Pekema, Chevron and Scheid Vineyards.

To join the Founding Family, download this form and mail it to CFMC, or call Brian Thayer at 831.375.9712.