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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020
Total Raised $7,892,119.06
Individual Donations $5,987,294.12
Overall Matching Fund $518,334.48
Organization Challenge Gifts $1,386,490.46
Donors 7578
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Welcome to the 2020 Monterey County Gives!

A pandemic, three local wildfires, economic upheaval and business closures, physical confinement, mental unease—that’s a quick review of 2020. Chances are that 2021 won’t be much easier, particularly for those with less means.

What may be most remembered and revered after all this passes is how some folks shined in a time of crisis and even more important, how our community—as a whole—came together for the good.

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

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. Their collective missions and programs have a huge impact on our lives.

And this year, in particular, 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 donate in traditional ways or 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 $27.5 million to approximately 500 local nonprofits.

Over $1,700,000 in Matching and Challenge Gifts!

Collaboration. Partnership. Synergy. These are the keys to MCGIVES!

The campaign is a partnership between Monterey County Weekly, the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, coupled with the generosity of our major partners — the Neumeier Poma Investment Counsel, Cannery Row Company, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and the Colburn and Alana Jones Foundation at CFMC. Thanks to our partners MCGIVES! kicks off this year’s campaign with an overall Matching Fund of $487,000.

Many participating nonprofits stepped up and raised Challenge Gifts from key supporters, to spur more giving and new donors from the community — nearly $1,200,000 to kick-off this year’s campaign.

Combined Monterey County Gives! has over $1.7 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.

Please, answer the call. 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



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We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. 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 $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.