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El Pajaro Community Development Corporation


Promoting equal access to economic opportunity, transforming lives through entrepreneurship Promoviendo igualdad de oportunidades económicos, transformando la vida de las personas a través de espiritu empresarial

The Big Idea

Small family-owned businesses are the heart of Monterey County’s economy—and with the current crisis they need more help than ever to survive. El Pajaro Community Development Center (El Pajaro CDC) works to promote equal access to economic opportunity. Their project, South County Small Business Assistance Program, helps low-in-come community members create economic stability and build assets by aiding them to create and manage their own small business. El Pajaro CDC helps new and existing businesses by providing classes, free business counseling and assisting entrepreneurs with access to money needed to build their enterprise. All services are provided in both English and Spanish and are designed to be accessible to anyone, regardless of education level.

Mi beneficio o impacto ha sido directamente el trabajar con el consultor de negocios de El Pajaro CDC, en mejorar el aspecto administrativo de mi negocio. A través de la consultaría, he podido implementar el sistema de administración y finanzas (Quickbooks) que tenemos ahorita, el consultor nos dio la iniciativa por que yo no sabia nada, fue como que él nos animó a eso porque no teníamos nada establecido. Tambien he participado en las clases de negocios que El Pajaro CDC ofrece

- Veronica Ceja

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.