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Out Reach Fund for LGBTQ+


To improve the quality of life for LGBTQ+ family members, friends, and loved ones.

The Big Idea

To help address the needs of LGBTQ+ residents, the Community Foundation for Monterey County created Out Reach, the first permanently endowed fund of its kind in our community. The mission is to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ+ people, their family members, friends and loved ones by making grants to amplify the important work of community groups addressing LGBTQ+ youth and seniors, arts and culture, mental health, civil rights and more. More funds lead to more grants helping to strengthen the organizational capacity of agencies doing the hard and creative work or creating and managing programs that increase visibility and make life better for LGBTQ+ people and their allies.

The support of the Out Reach Fund allowed the youth leaders behind the Latinx LGBTQ+ Film Festival to spearhead the organization of the event and maximize efforts to increase visibility for LGBTQ+ individuals in the Monterey County area.

- Sam Gomez, services manager at The Epicenter

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.