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Elkhorn Slough Foundation


The mission of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation is to conserve and restore Elkhorn Slough and its watershed. We see Elkhorn Slough and its watershed protected forever—a working landscape, where people, farming, industry, and nature thrive together. As one of California’s last great coastal wetlands, Elkhorn Slough will remain a wellspring of life and a source of inspiration for generations to come.

The Big Idea

Protecting and restoring Elkhorn Slough has a profound impact locally and globally, and happens only because of the support of our community. Your investment in the Elkhorn Slough Foundation produces tangible benefits: protecting and restoring lands that nurture wildlife and human life, replenishing local aquifers upon which we depend for water, and capturing CO2 to mitigate climate change. To address food insecurity impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, ESF is partnering with area school districts and local farmers cultivating ESF-protected lands. To date, this partnership has provided over 20 tons of fresh, organic produce to the students and families of North County schools. Your support makes all this important work possible.

Working at Pajaro Valley Middle School and Ohlone Elementary, it has been very fulfilling for us to partner with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation on the Healthy Lands, Helping Hands initiative. In response to COVID-related job losses and food shortages, ESF and local farmers teamed up with Hall Elementary and other PVUSD and North County schools to provide fresh, organic produce for disadvantaged families in the Elkhorn Slough area. Every day I see the gratitude in the faces of the 500+ families we serve. Protecting the land, water, and wildlife in order to care for our communities is not new knowledge, but it is being rediscovered when we need it most. To partner with a local conservation leader in providing nutritious food for the most vulnerable in our community has inspired in me a lot of hope in otherwise very trying times.

- Sandra Sanchez

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.