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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

The Mandell Gisnet Center offers low-cost community mediation in partnership with law enforcement, municipal agencies and community organizations throughout Monterey County. Additionally, The Neighbor Project mediation program specifically provides opportunities for resolving conflicts between community members (pets, parking, noise and many other common complaints) without resorting to protracted, expensive legal action. We help people peacefully resolve the conflicts that are keeping them from fully enjoying their daily lives and their surrounding communities.

Mediation does more than avoid the high cost of a lawsuit, it can heal wounds and help people recover from all types of conflict. In most cases I've mediated the parties began the mediation angry and accusatory. Along the way of discovering the real issues and interests of the participants, I've seen the anger dissipate into understanding and even compassion. Once they've reached this point participants work together to craft their own solutions that work for both sides. I've seen the parties hug outside the courtroom signaling to me as final closure to the conflict.

- Scott D., Community Mediator

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 $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 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 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.