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MPC Foundation


The Monterey Peninsula College Foundation creates opportunities for students and enhances the learning environment at MPC by fundraising and friend raising. The philosophy that "education is the means by which people may reach their full potential" drives the Foundation's enrichment programs and commitment to student success.

The Big Idea

The MPC Foundation provides opportunities for students to attend college, exposing many to a world they didn’t know was possible. Students with college-going potential who live in challenging environments often encounter financial barriers and a lack of encouragement, causing them to miss out on pursuing a higher education. The MPC Foundation’s College Incentive Program provides a support network that encourages students to enroll in college and stay on track through academic counseling, personal mentoring and scholarships. The program is based on the theory that a college education leads to better employment options and breaks the cycle of poverty for young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds. The foundation also provides textbook and emergency financial assistance to students experiencing hardships that threaten their ability to remain in school.

I am a first-generation college student majoring in theater and psychology. I left an abusive home, suffering from PTSD and other health issues, unsure of my future. Coming to MPC has been one of the best opportunities for me. I go to school full time, work as an ambassador for MPC, and volunteer. Receiving scholarships through the foundation has allowed me to continue my education at MPC and stay in a town I now consider home. I was awarded four scholarships this fall. To me it showed that not only was I doing well, but other people recognized that in me and wanted to see me succeed.

- Sheannah G.

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.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.