Joining Together for Big Ideas
Welcome to the 2015 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 (in 2000), and have created an annual appeal to our readers since — Monterey County Gives!
In last year’s campaign Monterey County Gives! raised over $1,347,000 in six weeks, thanks to over 1,700 donors. Since its inception, the program has raised and donated over $5.5 million to over 250 local nonprofits.
$700,000 in Matching and Challenge Grants!
Collaboration. Partnership. Synergy. These are the keys to McGIVES!
The growing partnership between the Weekly and the Community Foundation for Monterey County expanded in leaps and bounds with the addition of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation as a major partner this year. Coupled with the major support from our other key partners — the Neumeier Poma Investment Counsel, Cannery Row Company and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation— McGIVES! kicks off with an overall Matching Fund of $325,000.
Many participating nonprofits stepped up and raised Challenge Grants from key supporters, to spur more giving and new donors from the community — an additional $385,000 to kick-off the campaign.
Combined Monterey County Gives! has $700,000 in Matching and Challenge Grants, an all-time record.
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.
Click DONATE to make a tax-free donation.
Bradley Zeve, Monterey County Weekly
Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County
Steve John, Monterey Peninsula Foundation