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Nov 11 - Dec 31, 2021

Community Association of Big Sur


Our shared mission is to protect and defend the rural and residential character, and to preserve the natural and aesthetic beauty of the Big Sur coast; to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the Big Sur Community; to encourage community service and otherwise act in the interests of the residents and property owners of Big Sur.

The Big Idea

There is a need for leadership in Big Sur, a community facing challenges of overtourism and also bearing the brunt of the climate crisis with wildfires. Community Association of Big Sur (CABS) seeks to create that leadership for community stewardship. The nonprofit’s Pay It Forward Big Sur! campaign is a three-pronged effort to help the community. They are focused on destination stewardship to care for the land that so many love so much; disaster relief amid natural disasters; and community resilience to work with the residents, organizations and local industry stakeholders for the betterment of the community.

Anonymous Hospitality worker impacted by loss of employment due to the Covid shutdown: My husband and I are forever grateful for the two COVID relief checks that CABS granted to us in 2020. Just because the pandemic stopped all of our jobs did not mean that our every day lives stopped. We still had bills to pay, a roof to keep over my three children's heads, and five bellies to feed. Having these checks helped us not go into our credit cards. By being granted these checks, we were able to sleep a little better at night and keep our family positive, cared for, and get our basic needs throughout the tough year of 2020.


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.