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Inspiring Local Philanthropy – More than $21 Million Given

Monterey County Gives! is a year-end campaign that inspires local philanthropy and benefits a wide array of Monterey County nonprofits.

A collaboration between the Monterey County Weekly, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and the Community Foundation for Monterey County, MCGives! is a campaign in which local businesses, foundations and individuals contribute to an overall match fund that spurs donations for participating organizations. At the end of the campaign, each nonprofit receives 100% of their donations, along with a prorata match on the first $75,000 raised. The impact has been tremendous. More than $21 million has been raised and granted since 2009.

MCGives! 2018 Raises Record $5.4 Million

MC GivesNovember 7– December 31, 2019 YWCA-MC is participating in the 2019 Monterey County Gives! campaign. Your year-end gift goes further through the pro-rata match each gift receives. Your support can help make a difference to our donation driven programs like our Domestic Violence advocacy program. The campaign runs November 7 through midnight December 31, 2019. Maximize your donations and become a part of this community drive.

Click here for the Online Challenge Gift Form in PDF.

Visit the Monterey County Gives! website to donate to the 2019 campaign. Without local nonprofits working tirelessly to fulfill their missions — everyday — our community would look and feel like a very different place.  With your help we will qualify for additional grants made possible through the Community Foundation for Monterey County. We need these grants to keep running.  Help us help the Monterey Community.

  • $2,500 Ingenuity Grant: This grant is awarded to one nonprofit that demonstrates ingenuity and creativity through their approach in resolving their sector’s challenges.
  • $1,000 Largest Number of Donors Award: This award will be given to the nonprofit that has the most donors.
  • $1,000 Most Donors 18-35 Years Old: This award will be given to the nonprofit that receives the most donations from those who are 18-35 years old (born from 1984-2001). It is meant to challenge younger readers and participating organizations to generate excitement around youth philanthropy, and for the next generation to experience the feelings of joy and reward that accompany acts of generosity. The goal is to jumpstart vital lifelong partnerships between younger donors and the local nonprofit community, with the hope that as their financial position grows so will their contributions and involvement.
  • $1,000 The Florence Haspel Zeve Award for Women, Families and/or the Arts: Created in memory of Florence Zeve, the award will be given to one nonprofit for their initiative for women, families and/or the arts, a program that deserves special recognition.

Another way to give!

IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)Contributing from your IRA through Monterey County Gives! is an easy way to reduce your tax burden and make a gift to support the YWCA-MC. If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can make a gift from your IRA account up to $100,000 per year. It qualifies toward your required minimum distribution (RMD) which can lower your income and taxes. If you are married and file jointly, your spouse can also make a gift of up to $100,000 from his or her IRA. Contact the Community Foundation for Monterey County at 831.375.9712 for instructions or to learn more.