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Carmel Foundation


The Carmel Foundation’s mission is to provide a place for members to gather and enjoy a variety of activities and services in an environment of respect and camaraderie; it's a place to call home.

The Big Idea

In the Before Times, the Carmel Foundation was a community gathering place providing lectures, presentations and meals. In the pandemic, they are still providing affordable and nutritious meals to seniors, and continue offering an opportunity for social connection in these isolating times with meal deliveries made by volunteers to homebound seniors. They share not only food but conversation, but can also assess the need for additional supportive services. Adhering to strict Covid-19 safety guidelines, plans have been put into place to ensure that vital services continue.

Every meal I have at the Foundation is a gift. I'm quite sure the price charged does not cover the cost of the food, much less the cost of the preparation and service. Feeding people with a variety of food needs and preferences is a challenge, and the Foundation manages consistently to serve delicious, fresh and healthy meals for very little money. It is a great blessing to all of us.

- Patricia Carlson

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.