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Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management


The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management (MGC)'s mission is to promote and apply a constructive approach to conflict management and to resolve disputes, including litigation.

The Big Idea

There are ways to solve problems before they boil over, and the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management is committed to helping mediate those solutions. The center is a place for more than 400 people to resolve conflicts, including through litigation, for free. With trained bilingual staff and expanded services, they look to meet the ever-increasing need for mediation and conflict resolution in Monterey County. The nonprofit’s Big Idea – Building Bridges: Mediation and Access to Justice program – looks to offer these services with more frequency and availability to South County residents.

Being a mediator with the Mandell Gisnet Center is hard work, rewarding, and inspiring. With guidance and good communication, we help Monterey County residents resolve conflicts―sometimes small things, sometimes problems they've been struggling with for years―so they can get back to living a better life. There is also my own benefit in learning to better navigate challenges I face, and better understand and feel more hopeful about the conflict, contention, polarization, and animosity in our society now. There is hope!

- Stacy Hughes

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.