SUPPORTING BIG IDEAS FROM LOCAL NONPROFITS
Welcome to Monterey County Gives! 2013
Without the more than 1,000 local nonprofits working tirelessly to fulfill their missions — everyday — our community would look and feel like a very different place. And that would not be a good thing.
Throughout Monterey County Weekly’s twenty-five year history, we’ve been on the frontlines to witness our local nonprofits’ broad-reaching impact. We’ve reported their news, featured stories about their volunteers, staff, board of directors and programs, promoted their events. Mostly we’ve grown to respect and deeply value their importance — for all of us.
Nonprofits are cornerstones of our community. Maybe you attend local arts or music events, or you’ve received legal support or health care advice, adopted a pet, or enrolled your child in a special after school program. Chances are you’ve interfaced with a dozen or more groups in recent months.
And each needs your support, however that comes forward.
More than a decade ago, the Weekly decided we could support the nonprofit community in a better way, by leveraging our own — and your — philanthropy. In 2000 we established the Monterey County Weekly Community Fund as a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County, and have created an annual appeal to our readers since. That campaign runs from mid-November through midnight December 31.
When Monterey County Gives! was created in 2009 through our Community Fund, we had no idea it could work so well. But thanks to the partnership between the Weekly and the Community Foundation for Monterey County, with key support from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and the Neumeier Poma Investment Counsel, MC Gives! has taken off. In last year’s campaign Monterey County Gives! raised just over $750,000, nearly $3 million in total.
We hope you’ll join us in the collective project, make a tax-free donation, and simultaneously spread the word. Pass along the print issue of The Big Give to a friend or co-worker. Use the social media tools on this website to post your message to Facebook or Tweet about Monterey County Gives! Every bit helps. We’re in this together, and can collectively create positive change for all of us who call Monterey County home.
By Sara Rubin There are piles of bingo chips next to bingo boards featuring colorful safari animals instead of numbers. Except next to Megan Son’s board; she has to ask for a chip each time one of her animals is called. When she sees an elephant, she calls, “Chip please!” She’s one of two dozen
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