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Women's Leadership Council at Cal State Monterey Bay


To support educational opportunities for re-entry students at CSUMB

The Big Idea

The Women’s Leadership Council at CSU Monterey Bay is focused on supporting educational opportunities for students who left college for several years and hope to come back. This nonprofit’s Big Idea seeks to raise $25,000 for student scholarships and emergency awards for students who need help juggling family, work and other responsibilities – some of them unique to re-entry students. Last year, 67 of 94 applicants were turned away. The nonprofit will use MCGives! funds to help more students this year overcome barriers to achieve their dream of returning to and staying in school.

At thirty-seven, I decided it was time to fulfill my dream of becoming an educator. Unfortunately, the weekend before classes started, I was in a life-altering accident, ultimately losing my right leg. Yet, with determination, I began classes the following semester while relearning to walk and taking care of my two elementary-aged sons. I have learned to balance and juggle all obstacles along the way, including COVID-19. Starting at Monterey Peninsula College then transferring to CSUMB, I have managed to excel in my classes and participate in college and community committees. Achieving the Women’s Leadership Council Scholarship allows me to show up not only for my college success but also for my two sons. I am forever grateful for this opportunity. I believe everything I have gone through and the support I have received will inspire others to reach for the stars.

- Ashlee Cardenas

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.