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Ventana Wilderness Alliance


The mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance is to preserve, protect, and restore the Wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the public lands within California's northern Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur coast.

The Big Idea

Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) aims to preserve, protect and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of public lands within California’s northern Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur coast. Access to nature, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, is important for mental and physical health—reducing stress, depression and anxiety. Over 300 miles of trails traverse the stunning public lands of the Big Sur backcountry. However, government agency budget cuts and neglect have left many trails impassible. Add to that the recent Dolan Fire that has ravaged an already underfunded resource. VWA hopes to use Monterey County Gives! funds to begin to repair the devastation from the Dolan Fire, restoring landscapes and habitat to their original beauty. Editor's note: Ventana Wilderness Alliance's Big Idea has been updated from what appeared in the print edition.

Within this moment we all can realize the importance of getting out into natural landscapes. To preserve and protect our local public lands, the Ventana Wilderness Alliance has embraced the challenge of improving access for Monterey County residents and visitors. I am thankful for VWA programs focusing on education, stewardship, and advocacy. They help assure the Big Sur backcountry will be wild and accessible for future generations to enjoy.

- Ethan Atkins

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.