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Big Sur Marathon Foundation


To put on beautiful running races and to improve the health of Monterey County residents.

The Big Idea

The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is working on JUST RUN, a home-based, online youth fitness program to assist and motivate students and families to exercise. Their award-winning program has promoted fitness, good citizenship and healthy eating in Monterey County schools for the past 16 years. With a decrease in funds due to Covid-19 (and the cancellation of races), the foundation is seeking support for website development and operating costs to continue in their efforts in providing quality physical activity. The JUST RUN program is available to all schools and youth organizations year-round, and represents diverse demographic groups in terms of race, gender and ability.

It’s priceless to see my son’s run accomplishments and the growth of his confidence in running. Even better is that we spend time running together on a regular basis. We need the program to continue now more than ever, given these unprecedented challenging times. We can all benefit from such a wonderful, encouraging and supportive program.

- Amy Brandt

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.