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The MILPA Collective is a community-based collective in Monterey County whose mission is to Cultivate Change Makers for the Next Seven Generations by creating opportunities for cultural healing, intergenerational leadership, and empowerment through community-driven decision making for healthier communities.

The Big Idea

MILPA (Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement) works to end mass incarceration, dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and build people and community power. The nonprofit believes in applying cultural and inter-generational messaging to produce inner, social, community and institutional change. MILPA uses healing-informed, relationship-centered approaches that incubate next-generation leadership while striving for racial justice. The Big Idea is to support young people who are impacted by the justice system or formerly incarcerated. Do do that, MILPA will offer the Telpochcalli Leadership Academy, 12 sessions focused on civic engagement and leadership development. Young people who participate in Telpochcalli explore their personal and family histories, cultural values and teachings, and how to apply those teachings for self growth.

“To me social justice is fighting for radical change, equity and the end of having marginalized and disenfranchised communities. Every day, we must find the resilient power within us to create a better tomorrow and imagine a world where all people of different backgrounds and all communities of colors can be liberated from the oppressive and institutionalized systems that have been placed before them. It’s about organizing and coming together as a community to stand in solidarity with one another to overcome/resist the barriers and forces above us.”

- Blanca Martínez

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.