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Point Lobos Foundation


To protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.

The Big Idea

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a stunning place and popular destination for locals and visitors. The Point Lobos Foundation helps maintain this gem. The nonprofit’s Big Idea is to help keep it accessible to all – specifically, to keep trails clear of vegetation and poison oak so visitors can enjoy this impressive landscape. As more and more people visit natural places like Point Lobos, protecting against trail degradation is critical to ensure today’s hikers, as well as future generations, can enjoy the wonder of this beautiful site.

"Point Lobos Foundation funding for the Monterey District Trail Program is essential to keep trails clear of fallen trees and brush, repair resources protection fencing, replace steps, improve aggregate trail surfacing, maintain trails for ADA compliance and remove graffiti year-round in the Reserve. Funding provided by the Foundation also drives the docent trail watch report, making it possible for crews to be alerted to trail conditions that need attention, allowing crews to removed downed trees and repair trails quickly rather than have trails closed for months at a time. Foundation funding also funds quarterly brushing and clearance of trails."

- Jim Doran

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.