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Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019
Total Raised $5,400,030.54
Individual Donations $3,662,509.69
Overall Matching Fund $528,240.17
Organization Challenge Gifts $1,209,280.68
Donors 4968
$0 Initial Goal
$4,000,000.00
OMG!
$5,000,000.00

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Joining Together for Big Ideas: BE THE LOVE!

Welcome to the 2019 Monterey County Gives!

Nonprofits are a cornerstone of our community. Whether you’ve attended local arts or music events, received legal support or health care services, adopted a pet, or enrolled your child in a special after school program, chances are high you’ve interfaced with a dozen or more groups — in recent months.

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 each needs your support, however that comes forward.

We’ve been on the frontlines to witness local nonprofits’ broad-reaching impact.

More than a decade ago, the Weekly decided we could leverage our resources and create a new program for local philanthropy — to support the nonprofit community even more. We first established the Monterey County Weekly Community Fund as a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) in 2000. In 2009, we created an annual appeal to our readers — Monterey County Gives! Today Monterey County Gives! is a Special Project of Monterey County Weekly in partnership with CFMC, enabling you to even donate via your IRA retirement fund.

In last year’s campaign Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.4 million in six weeks, thanks to nearly 5,000 donors. Since its inception, the program has raised and donated over $22.5 million to over 450 local nonprofits.

$1,532,679 in Matching and Challenge Gifts!

Collaboration. Partnership. Synergy. These are the keys to MC GIVES!

The campaign is a partnership between the Weekly, the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. Coupled with the generosity of our major supporters — the Neumeier Poma Investment Counsel, Cannery Row Company, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and the Colburn and Alana Jones Foundation at CFMC —  MCGIVES! kicks off with an overall Matching Fund of over $460,000.

Many participating nonprofits stepped up and raised Challenge Gifts from key supporters, to spur more giving and new donors from the community — over $1,000,000 to kick-off this year’s campaign.

Combined  Monterey County Gives! has over $1.5 million in Matching and Challenge Gifts.

MCGIVES! runs through midnight December 31. 

We invite you to join in this great program, become a donor, even help spread the word. If you would, pass along the print issue of Monterey County Gives! 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.

Feel the Love. Click DONATE to make a tax-free donation.

Thank you.

Bradley Zeve, Monterey County Weekly
Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County
Steve John, Monterey Peninsula Foundation

News

12.19.2019

SPOTLIGHT: Papillon Center

Papillon Center spreads its wings by offering grief support groups to the wider community. By Pam Marino Butterflies are everywhere inside the Monterey offices of the Papillon Center for Loss and Transition. The symbols of transformation and new life are displayed on wall quilts, and dangle from a small tree in a corner of a […] Read more

12.13.2019

SPOTLIGHT: Breakthrough Men's Community

At Breakthrough Men’s Community, masculinity sheds its toxic habits. Asaf Shalev Dec 12, 2019 Manning Up The worst year of John Hain’s marriage also turned out to be the best one. That’s what Hain and his wife, Melinda Greer, kept telling each other after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had to get a […] Read more

12.5.2019

SPOTLIGHT: LOAVES, FISHES & COMPUTERS

Loaves, Fishes & Computers advances digital literacy and inclusion in Monterey County Jerimiah Oetting Screen Time Step one at many Loaves, Fishes & Computers workshops is to take apart a computer and then reassemble it, designed to make digital learning less intimidating and more accessible. Christian Mendelsohn has always liked working on things, so when […] Read more

We Did It, Together!

Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.