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Carmel Public Library Foundation


To keep the library open, relevant and thriving and to ensure free library service in perpetuity by providing funding for  100% of the books, materials, programs, equipment and services.

The Big Idea

The Carmel Public Library is engaged in turning outward, and aims to create changes that respond to the community’s needs and desires—and anyone in the county can use the library, not just Carmel residents. From teenagers to civic groups, everyone is invited to join conversations leading to potential collaboration, new possibilities and discovery, such as the foundation’s ongoing project called Community Conversations. The library is a trusted community resource, and aims to create a productive space for conversations that help produce greater impact and relevance in the community.

I participated in a Community Conversation with other members of the Women’s Club, which prompted us to turn outward and start developing a new mindset related to other local organizations. For example, we identified our post office as an area in need of physical improvement and have since contacted relevant agencies in order to address this. Community Conversations force us out of our respective silos and into a new way to view our commonalities and work on our mutual goals. It’s a very positive and healthy approach!

- Donna Jett

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.