Southern Monterey County Foundation – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Southern Monterey County Foundation – Neighbors Helping Neighbors

By Paulette Bumbalough, Chair, Southern Monterey County Foundation (SMCF)

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

SMCF Board member and grantee

Phoebe Cheney (l) King City in Bloom Jamie Jones, SMCF Advisory Board (r)

If there are few appropriate descriptors of King City and South Monterey communities, they are GIVING and Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Our 3-year old Southern Monterey County Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Monterey County has had the pleasure of doing just that each year and enjoying the process.

Back in 2013 CFMC President/CEO Dan Baldwin called together a large group of South Monterey County community members and proposed the affiliate. The following year in 2014 we founded the SMCF Advisory Board with engaged board members from King City and feeder cities.

“Satisfying” and “time well spent” says it all. We are able to review grant requests from area agencies we know well, volunteer at their organizations and attend events.  So we are well aware of the amazing work created and completed by these organizations.

As a small community, we know the impact all agencies have supporting our local families.

Founding Families

Southern Monterey County FoundationThe SMCF has had a distinguished group of founding members from area families and businesses from King City and points south. (See the full list)

These are not just names, but long-term residents who are invested in making our community better. The advisory board provides oversight, reviews grant priorities and raises funds. Ann Brown, past CFMC Board President says it well.


“The foundation will be here to take care of the people of Southern Monterey County.  You shop local, eat local, why not give local?” – Jay and Ann Brown, SMCF founding family members

SMCF Advisory Board

The SMCF Advisory Board represents all entities of the communities including local schools, small businesses, education, farming, ranching, financial institutions and long-time residents. These volunteersare able to ask for support from friends and families and promote grant applications from local groups.

Making a Difference – More Than $50,000 in Grants

We recently granted $15,000 to 11 grantees and have granted more than $50,000 in the last 3 years.

Paulette BumbalaughThe SMCF Advisory Board is so glad to have partnered with the CFMC on this important effort. We look forward to increasing our funds to continue to support our community.”  – Paulette Bumbalough, SMCF Chairperson

2016 Grantees

Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition
to increase access to medical care for children with life-threatening conditions
City of King 
to support the design and installation of a citywide security camera system to increase public safety
Community Food Pantry of King City
to serve hungry members of the community
Girls Inc. of the Central Coast
for Growing Together, a program to increase positive communication between young girls and their parents or guardians at elementary and middle schools in King City
King City in Bloom
for city clean-up and beautification projects to promote a healthy quality of life for King City residents and hometown pride
Legal Services for Seniors
for no-cost legal services for Southern Monterey County seniors
Monterey County Agriculture & Rural Life Museum
to support the third annual 4th Grade History Jamboree, a two-day program full of art, history and music
Monterey County Pops!
to support the free 2017 Veteran’s Day concert at the Stanton Theater in King City
Rancho Cielo
to provide ongoing case management for South County residency in transitional housing
San Antonio Elementary School
for the purchase of iPads to implement STEM programs for K-8 students in the San Antonio Valley, Bryson-Hesperia and Fort Hunter Liggett area
Sol Treasures
SOL-O Youth Strings Orchestra & music instruction, a free after-school music program

For more information or to support the SMCF or become a Founding Family member, visit or call Brian Thayer, CFMC Senior Philanthropic Services Officer at 831.375.9712 x144.