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Surfrider Monterey County


The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

The Big Idea

Surfrider Foundation’s student clubs focus on the development and implementation of environmental stewardship projects at schools. Projects range from instituting campus plastic reduction measures, to designing and implementing drought-tolerant landscapes, to creating educational ocean issues public service announcements. Projects are based on the clubs’ assessments of their schools’ needs, their own interests, and feasibility of actualizing their project with available resources. Surfrider hopes to generate several new clubs in Monterey County schools this year, with the belief that project-based endeavors help teach young people how to construct collaborative solutions for issues important to them; learn grassroots organizing skills; build confidence as leaders; hone communication skills that move others to action; and most importantly, make a difference at their schools and in their communities.  

I think it’s good that you’re telling kids the truth about pollution, and not just grown-ups. Grown-ups say that plastic gets recycled and it’s OK. But it’s not. More people should hear the truth, because then we can do something about it and help, and not just act like everything is fine.

- Liliana Papandreopoulos

We Did It, Together!

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.