Monterey County Gives! 2023

MONTEREYCOUNTYGIVES.COM NOVEMBER 9 - DECEMBER 31, 2023 CULTIVATING COMMUNITY Monterey County Gives! 2023 invites you to support 206 local nonprofits’ uplifting and inspiring efforts to strengthen people and places. PRINT | WEB | MOBILE

Your generosity helps CASA of Monterey County train and support community volunteers to advocate for Monterey County foster children Advocating, supporting, and empowering Monterey County children in foster care. Leverage your gift by way of a partial match from Monterey County Gives! Please donate at or scan our QR code through December 31st!

Expand services to 6 days a week Provide regular and easy access to basic health and dental care Increase assistance including homelessness prevention Help us grow our capacity to: Currently, guests receive nutritious meals, hot showers, clean clothing, case management, and access to enrichment programs. We aim to treat the whole person to better enable them on their pathway out of homelessness. Healing Hearts: H.E.A.R.T. to Hearth Capacity Campaign ~ 831-241-6154 #gatheringforwomen GATHERING FOR WOMEN - MONTEREY GFW is expanding our capacity to DO MORE! Monterey County GIVES! 2023 5 When you give to our Comprehensive Cancer Care Fund, you are supporting cancer patients and their families throughout Monterey County by contributing to: • Transportation assistance • Equipment and Services in our Inpatient Oncology Unit and our Outpatient Infusion Center • Free patient and family services at the Susan Bacon Cancer Resource Center including support groups, wigs and headscarves, basic needs assistance, and more Comprehensive Cancer Care close to home When facing a cancer diagnosis, a little bit of hope goes a long way. Show your support for local cancer patients with a gift today at Your donation will receive a generous prorated match through December 31. Scan the QR code to support MCGives! and learn more.

6 Monterey County GIVES! 2023 Monterey County Gives! has an indelible imprint on local year-end giving. For all the great work of the Community Foundation for Monterey in grantmaking, disaster response, scholarships, etc., MCGives! is the topic most often brought up to me. It inspires; the energy supporting the work of nonprofits lifts all our spirits. The current iteration of MCGives! started in 2009, when it raised about $418,000. It was a point of pride. In those days, people sent checks in the mail. In 2010 we introduced the website and online giving, and raised $629,000. We thought we’d hit the high-water mark; it was crazy to think it could get any larger. We also utilized a David and Lucile Packard Foundation grant to hire a consultant who would train participating nonprofits on how to utilize social media to seek donations. That now sounds quaint, but what we didn’t know was that the expertise in rallying donors would create important horsepower. Last year, 7,698 donors participated, 476 of them ages 18 to 35. The overall matching fund has always been part of MCGives! In 2010, it consisted of donations from the Packard Foundation, Neumeier Poma Investment Counsel, the Weekly and CFMC; it came to about $125,000. This produced a pro-rata match of 20 percent, meaning if you gave $100 to Community Partnership for Youth, the group received $120. We have always known the match inspires more giving. When the Monterey Peninsula Foundation joined as a major partner through a grant to the match pool, the campaign experienced its first big jump, going from $1.3 million raised to $3.2 million. The challenge is having the match pool keep pace with growth. If the match is an incentive to give, it needs to be material. New partners have joined along the way: the Ernie and Gunde Posey Family Foundation, Colby and Alana Jones Foundation, Cannery Row Company, and more. The remarkable total raised in 2022 ($11.2 million!) got me thinking about whether others would want their logos affixed to MCGives! Not only would it create a larger match pool, but it would show widespread support from significant donors in our community to bolster this philanthropic project that invites small donations from people giving at all levels. Requests to the Harden Foundation and Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Foundation resulted in quick yeses, and a conversation with Bruce Taylor turned into major support from Taylor Farms. If I had any doubts about the growing MCGives! “brand,” they went away when an anonymous donor contributed $500,000. This year’s pool will be larger than ever. I invite you to join in this philanthropic effort. Learn about the critical work of the 206 nonprofits in the pages that follow, and please support them at whatever level you can. Monterey County will be better for it. Dan Baldwin is president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. Important Dates Nov. 9 MCGives! kicks off and website goes live at Nov. 28 #GivingTuesday is an international day of giving. You can participate through Monterey County Gives! Dec. 31 The Monterey County Gives! campaign ends at midnight. Special Awards $2,500 Ingenuity Award to the nonprofit that offers an exciting and innovative approach to their sector’s challenges. Three $1,000 awards: one for the organization with the most donors; one for the organization with the most donors ages 18-35; and one special award for women, families, education and/or the arts. Overall Match $1,125,000 + Challenge Gifts $2,019,314 = $3,144,314 Keeping Up Monterey County Gives! keeps growing, in both number of donors and dollars raised. By Dan Baldwin MCGives! Goals $10 million 8,500 donors by midnight Dec. 31, 2023 16 Animals 22 Arts & Culture 42 Community & Social Services 76 Education & Youth 104 Environment & Sustainability 116 Health, Wellness & Food Cultivating Alba Big Sur Fire Peace of Mind Dog Rescue Monterey County GIVES! 2023 7 DONate online Monterey County Weekly Founder & CEO Bradley Zeve Publisher Erik Cushman Editor Sara Rubin Contributing Writer Caitlin Fillmore Copy Editor Sheila Gibbons Hiebert Features Editor Dave Faries Associate Editor Tajha Chappellet-Lanier Editorial Celia Jiménez, Pam Marino, Rey Mashayekhi, Agata Pope¸da, David Schmalz Staff Photographer Daniel Dreifuss Art Director/Production Manager Karen Loutzenheiser Graphic Designers Alexis Estrada, Kevin Jewell, Lani Headley Advertising Executives Keith Bruecker, Diane Glim, George Kassal Office Manager Linda Maceira Business Development Director Keely Richter Director of Digital Media Kevin Smith Distribution Coordinator AT Arts Co Community Foundation for Monterey County President/CEO Dan Baldwin, Senior Philanthropic Services Officer Brian Thayer, VP of Philanthropic Services Christine Dawson, Philanthropic Services & Scholarships Assistant Jakie Marquez, Director of Gift Planning Cecilia Romero, Philanthropic Services Officer Alisa Smith, Philanthropic Services Coordinator Jasmine Menor, Administrative Coordinator Vanessa Miranda, Monterey Peninsula Foundation CEO Steve John, Vice President of Philanthropy Nancy Enterline, Generation Web President Monica Tovar Innovative Solutions Director Nick Arnold Senior Web Engineer Adam Eberling MCGives! staff Monterey County Gives! is published by Milestone Communications, Inc., a California corporation. The entire contents are copyright 2023. No portion may be reproduced. 831-394-5656, Monterey County Gives! Overall Match Partners Monterey County Weekly Community Foundation for Monterey County Monterey Peninsula Foundation Gunde and Ernie Posey Family Foundation Taylor Farms Neumeier Poma Investment Counsel Colburn and Alana Jones Foundation of the Community Foundation for Monterey County David and Lucile Packard Foundation Cannery Row Company Harden Foundation Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation Anonymous donor HOW TO GIVE Read about the missions, staffing levels, budgets and Big Ideas of 206 participating nonprofits in this guide. Choose which organization(s) you want to support, then donate at It’s easy. You can also send a check to Community Foundation for Monterey County. Make checks out to CFMC, write MCGives! on the memo line, and attach a list of which nonprofits you wish to contribute to. 2354 Garden Road Monterey, CA 93940 If you wish to drop off cash, call 831-3759712 in advance to make an appointment. Monterey County Gives! is a special project of Monterey County Weekly in partnership with the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. Cover Photo: By Tanja Roos Sisters Averie and Sloane Nguyen, participants in MEarth’s summer camp, check out the echinacea blooms in the culinary and medicinal herb garden. Community ARts Council for Monterey County

Cultivating Community Monterey County Gives! grows one idea at a time, one donor at a time. By Bradley Zeve The cliche “the new normal” became common in our vernacular just a few years back—expressing how previous uncommon events were suddenly commonplace, a new baseline. It’s fair to say we’re in full recovery mode after the initial Covid wave. But still, the world feels more upside down than any other time—even though we’ve all lived through some earth-shaking natural and human-made local and world disasters. In the upside-down department, the U.S. House of Representatives just ended three tumultuous weeks without a Speaker; the appropriation resolution to temporarily fund our government ends Nov. 17. In the upside-down department, terrorists from Hamas crossed the border into Israel and killed hundreds of young people attending a music festival while capturing hundreds of civilian hostages, reigniting turmoil there, and worldwide antisemitism as well as Islamophobia. In September and October, racists Zoom-bombed city council meetings in Monterey, Seaside and Pacific Grove. In the upside-down department, the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to unnerve peace in Europe, unsettle the world economy, and reorganize global political and economic partnerships. Here at the Weekly and Monterey County NOW, we’ve always held a special place to both observe and report on this news. Our goal has always been to be informative and accurate and offer critical insight and analysis, to help you have a better understanding and perspective. We also deliver inspiring and hopeful stories about local community members doing work that improves life for all of us. One inspiring sector we frequently report on is the nonprofit community, where pushing boulders uphill is part of the job description.. Monterey County Gives! has been an amazing project for the Weekly team to be part of since its inception; our own donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation morphed into Monterey County Gives! and partner after partner stepped in to join this project (special thanks to the Community Foundation and Monterey Peninsula Foundation— they’ve been game-changers). We’ve all had our hands in the dirt with you, cultivating community, identifying the ideas and organizations and people deserving our love and support. This “new normal” is nothing short of incredible and awe-inspiring. In your hands is our special edition of the 2023 Monterey County Gives! Last year, we collectively broke all expectations and records, raising over $11 million in six weeks, thanks to 7,500 of you who donated. Imagine if we can increase that number of donors to 10,000, then 20,000 in years to come, all in support of the organizations on the front lines of positive change for our community, each with their hands in the dirt, cultivating big and small projects that will impact all of us, for years to come. Please join in, invite your neighbors and friends to donate, and together we can create a new normal that is right-side up, but only if we’re doing this together. Please join us. Let’s cultivate greatness. Bradley Zeve is Founder & CEO of Monterey County Weekly and Monterey County NOW. MAKING AN IMPACT 8 Monterey County GIVES! 2023 We understand Monterey County’s nonprofit businesses and we are proud to be a part of this community. (left to right) Eric Grossklaus | Denise O’Laughlin | Bertha Soto | David Perez Juan Zavala | Deborah Madrid Our Employee Benefits team continues to grow and provide the best in Medical, Dental, Vision, and Medicare Plans as well as Executive Life Benefits. Leavitt Central Coast Insurance Services As an experienced Benefits Br and Human Resource Leader, 950 East Blanco Road, Suite 103 Salinas | (831)424-6404 Monterey County GIVES! 2023 9 DONATE TODAY Hands to Help Seniors, Inc. assists seniors with healthcare problems, obtaining nutritious food for a healthier life, emergency health care services, assistance with legal situations and assistance with keeping homes up to a safe and healthy environment. We help seniors and the disabled with a one time unexpected financial need. Your generous gifts help seniors in our community. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, grant funders and supporters, Hands to Help Seniors, Inc. is empowering people like you to perform astonishing acts for seniors. Hands to Help Seniors, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that helps homebound, physically-challenged seniors to live longer, healthier, higher-quality lives, while remaining in their own homes. Through our generous supporters, we provide or subsidize the cost of medical and dental bills and home maintenance – all of which allow these seniors to remain independent, safe and healthy. In addition, we fund permanent housing for low-income seniors and the disabled who are either homeless or facing eviction. For more information, to provide a donations, or other assistance, please visit “Medical bills depleted my savings and suddenly I was living on Social Security and Medi-Cal. Hands to Help Seniors provided me with the means to fix my teeth which enables me to eat solid foods and face the world with dignity” – H. Fallay “Their act of kindness not only gave me back my peace of mind but may have also saved my life. I needed my leg amputated up to the knee and could not afford my share of the cost for surgery. Hands to Help Seniors paid for my share of the cost. Words don’t seem adequate to express my gratitude.” – G. Ness “Hands to Help Seniors was able to provide meaningful rent support for my mother at a critical time. Our whole family is deeply grateful for their work. Supporting seniors in our community really requires the involvement of charitable organizations like H2HS. Thank you from all of us for helping grandma stay sheltered.” – L. Meade

DONate online 10 Monterey County GIVES! 2023 Challenge Gifts $2,019,314 IN CHALLENGE GIFTS FROM 641 DONORS Access Media Productions Samuel Read Al & Friends Sunday Breakfast Dr. Nichols and Nichols Veterinary Care The Agents and Staff of David Lyng Real Estate Carmel Alliance on Aging Vearl and Sharon Gish Alzheimer’s Association Anonymous Animal Friends Rescue Project Anonymous Barbara and Richard Schmitt Board of Directors of AFRP Dr. Alan & Anneli Rosenthal Michelle Starr & Matt Wingrove, in memory of Brody Robbie & Debra Long ARIEL Theatrical ARIEL Theatrical Board of Trustees Diane and Carrie Creasey Frank Kragh Friends of ARIEL Theatrical James Goulart and Carolanne Moreno Joanne Colombo and Bruce Crist Linda Coyne and Bill Deeb Tamara and Reuben Harris Arts Council for Monterey County Anonymous Bill and Cheryl Kampe Don & Darcie Hugh Smith Jacquie Atchison Jim & Val Giancola Mimi and George Niesen Pam Conant Patricia Skinner Peter Kasavan Rosemary Soto Arts Habitat Anonymous (2) Arts Habitat Board Challenge Don & Darcie Samantha Nunes, Board Vice President Arts Habitat Asian Cultural Experience Cathy Chavez-Miller Big Sur Fire BigSurKate Hartman Ripplewood LLC Linda Barnwell, in memory of Barklie Henry MaryAnn Vasconcellos and David Smiley Big Sur Health Center MaryAnn Vasconcellos and David Smiley Big Sur Land Trust Big Sur Land Trust Board of Trustees Big Sur Land Trust Board of TrusteesMark Boitano Jim & Ginger Andrasick for BSLT Board of Trustees Krista Hanni Pinney Allen and Charles Miller Upjohn California Fund Big Sur Park School Cayley and Kyle Blasman Jennifer Lape, Emily Peck, Candice Isphording Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund BirchBark Dr. Merrianne Burtch Santa Cruz County Bank Bob Hoover Academy Brooks McChesney Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Breakthrough For Men Chris R. and Dale M. Curtis Myers David Awerbuck Dr. David Dansky and Mrs. Mars Lang Gaudenz Panholzer Howard Scherr John Hain and Jennifer Allen Mike Ginn and Carol Tisson Paul & Ellen Gaucher Paul Finnegan Richard Westing and Yolanda Perez Tim Campbell Design Inc. Breast Cancer Assistance Group Julie Brooks and Gerd Bodoe Susan & Bill Jordan Upjohn California Fund Building Healthy Communities Fran Mosher Judith Sulsona & William Rawson Kathleen Rose Pat and Fred Herro Rosemary Soto, RYS & Associates, LLC Camerata Singers Anonymous C Davis Kathleen and Richard Leslie Mary Forbord Mike Novo & Kellie D. Morgantini Mrs. Julia Turner Robert C Stephenson Camp SEA Lab Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Cancer Patients Alliance Upjohn California Fund Carl Cherry Center for the Arts Camille d’Avenas & Biff Smith Ellen Osborne & Jim Dultz Carmel Art Association Brooks McChesney Marsha McMahan Zelus Carmel Bach Festival Mary Forbord The Buffett Fund of the CFMC Carmel Dance Festival Chiaroscuro Vineyard Dave and Jacquie Boomer Adams The Carmel Foundation Anonymous Carmel Music Society Anonymous Carmel Public Library Foundation CPLF Board of Directors Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Marci Meaux Michelle & Aaron Flink Peter and Jackie Henning Fund of the CFMC Pinney Allen and Charles Miller Spencers Stationery Steve & Cindy Dyer Susan Galvin and Michael Leavy Upjohn California Fund Carmel River Steelhead Association Traffic and Civil Engineering Consulting Services Carmel Valley Art Association Carmel Valley Art Association Board of Directors Hal and MaryAnn Leffel Shelley Aliotti Carmel Valley Community Youth Center 831 Plumbing and Septic Services Carmel Valley Community Youth Center Board of Directors M.J. Murphy Rental Depot, Inc. Carmel Woman’s Club Rick and Tonya Antle Fund of the CFMC Carmel Youth Center Cyndy Hodges Pamela Neiman Catholic Charities Cynthia and Joseph Hertlein Center for Community Advocacy Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Center for Photographic Art Bob and Sharon Sadler Dennis Segers - Board of Trustees Frank Yamrus, Board Member Jim & Betty Kasson Joel and Dena Gambord John N. Hetz Matt Connors, Trustee Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors (COPA) Donna Murphy and Mark MesitiMiller Jack and Katherine Herbig Jennifer Lewis and Scott Taylor Mark Linder and Mary Dean Mary Litel Walsh and James Walsh Regional Strategy Team of COPA Central Coast VNA & Hospice Marsha McMahan Zelus The Lilley Family Chamber Music Monterey Bay Anonymous CMMB Board of Directors Upjohn California Fund Chartwell School Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Coalition of Homeless Services Providers Anonymous Coastal Kids Home Care Santa Cruz County Bank Communities for Sustainable Monterey County Anonymous Blue Zones Project Monterey County Catherine Crockett CSMC Board Janette Leonidou and Gregory Glasscock Kay Cline Thomas and Leslie Ward Community Bridges Santa Cruz County Bank Community Fund for Carmel Valley Ben and Laurie Trainer Board Members-Community Fund for Carmel Valley Dave and Tammi Lyon Jake Odello John & Clara Hardesty Joseph Hertlein Pat and Alex Gray Rental Depot, Inc. Sam & Alondra Klemek Taylor/Shyla, Helaine/Blane, Josie/ Justin, Odello Fam Community Human Services Upjohn California Fund Community Partnership for Youth Allan and Monika Campbell Anonymous Board Member Community Partnership for Youth Board Member D. Ingersoll, CPY Board of Directors Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Monterey County Anonymous Ben and Laurie Trainer Dina Ruiz Eliza DeCiantis, President of InsideOut Landscape Design Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Louie Linguini’s Restaurant Martha Gustavson Naturipe Berry Growers, Inc. Pacific Pet Treats Santa Cruz County Bank Scudder Roofing Company Scudder Solar Thomas Nassetta, President of Valley Grading and Paving Vintage Property Management Dentistry 4 Vets Lasher Foundation Santa Cruz County Bank Upjohn California Fund Elkhorn Slough Foundation Marsha McMahan Zelus Robert F. Hartmann Santa Cruz County Bank The Buffett Fund of the CFMC Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra Ensemble Monterey Board of Directors Leslie Foote Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Equine Healing Collaborative Jen Shayani Val Moule Esselen Tribe of Monterey County Anonymous Everyone’s Harvest Carrie and Mark Fuentes David Takacs and Larry Carbone Hester Parker and Dan Shapiro Laura Lee Lienk Mary Poppins Terri Pyer Fire Safe Council for Monterey County Pam Peck and Mike Caplin First 5 Monterey County - Early Childhood Equity Fund Julie Drezner Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund The Rodd Household First Night Monterey Ellen Martin Jackie Lynch, Susan Britton Michael Clark SpectorDance Food Bank for Monterey County Anonymous Mary Alicia McRae Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Upjohn California Fund Friends of the Carmel Valley Library Cynthia and Joseph Hertlein Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Upjohn California Fund Friends of the Marina Library Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Monterey Peninsula Volunteer Services Benefit Shop Terri Wheeler Monterey County GIVES! 2023 11 HUDSON MARTIN supports Est. 1908 26515 Carmel Rancho Blvd., Suite 200, Carmel (831) 375-3151 Play Time! 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12 Monterey County GIVES! 2023 DONate online Friends of the Salinas Public Library Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Fund for Homeless Women Anonymous Bill and Sherry Young Dr. Carlotta Mellon Fund for Independent Journalism in Monterey County Donald McEnry Davis Charitable Fund of the CFMC Gateway Center of Monterey County Gateway Center Board Member James & Deborah Landman Robert and Bridget Freiri Terry & Angela Wecker Tom (Board of Directors) and Nancy Pesce Gathering for Women Amy Sands Carol and John Greenwald Gathering for Women-Board of Directors Jason & Karen Warburg Gil Basketball Academy Anonymous Girls Inc. of the Central Coast Anonymous Girls Inc. of the Central Coast Board of Directors Hetty and Jim Eddy Vida Villanueva Golden Oldies Cat Rescue Andrew Rebmann Anonymous (2) Barbara Santry Carl Povilaitis Carolyn Harris Clara Wang and Philip Lin Dina Ruiz Dr. Alan & Anneli Rosenthal Dr. Carlotta Mellon Golden Oldies Cat Rescue Board of Directors Jacqueline and John Spaulding Joan Condon Marjorie Bullock & Nina Harrison Shari Smith Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay Douglas Mahone and Lisa Heschong Kendra B. Howell Maxwell Sinclair and Rosario LopezSinclair Santa Cruz County Bank Studio Schicketanz Habitat Stewardship Project Hester Parker and Dan Shapiro John and Marcia Harter Laura Lee Lienk Hands to Help Seniors, Inc. Upjohn California Fund Harmony At Home Harmony at Home Board of Directors Larry & Lane Hayes Skyline Engineering, Inc. Upjohn California Fund Hartnell College Foundation Anonymous Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Margaret D’Arrigo Healing and Reconciliation Institute HRI Board of Directors Healing Partners of the Central Coast Bill and Khristine Seals Healing Partners of the Central Coast Board of Directors Linda-Lee Myers MD Tara Ryan Tyler Baker Upjohn California Fund Henry Miller Library Anonymous MaryAnn Vasconcellos and David Smiley Hidden Valley Music Seminars Amy Anderson & George Somero Anonymous DV Charles Galante Family Winery Trustee Upjohn California Fund Hijos Del Sol Hijos Board of Directors & Staff Upjohn California Fund Hope, Horses & Kids Barbara and Max Boyer Cheryl Beller - HHK Board Member Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Pat Grant, DVM and Randy Goodchild Samantha Nunes, Board Member HHK Upjohn California Fund Hospice Giving Foundation Annie Berlin and Frank Priscaro Bill & Nancy Doolittle Carl & Sandra DeLay-Magnuson David Glickman and Julie Capili Heather Downs Joseph and Siobhan Greene Housing for Kids Charles Osborne Christine Dilday Johson Dianne Driessen Ellen Osborne Ethan Hare Ethan Russell Joe Rock and Robin Venuti Family Fund of the CFMC John and Ann-Marie Borelli Michael Clark Paul & Aimee Mountford Polly Osborne Sandra Leader, Housing for Kids Studio Carver Architects, Inc. Susan Osborne I-HELP Carol and Craig Rossi First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove I-HELP/Outreach Unlimited Board Sheila and David Allaire St. Dunstan’s Foundation Terry & Judy Cole Tom & Jennifer Chapman Institute for Innovation & Economic Development, CSUMB Brooks McChesney Dave and Denise Côté Marylou Shockley Training for Success White Summers Caffee & James, LLP Interim, Inc. Jack and Katherine Herbig Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services Santa Cruz County Bank Jerry Rubin Foundation John Hausdorff, MD Lulu Zhang, MD Nancy Rubin, DO Nancy Tray, MD Zach Koontz, MD Junior League of Monterey Lawrence and Carleton Mowell Keep Big Sur Wild Anonymous James Walters John and Sharon Wilson Keep Big Sur Wild Board of Directors Terri and Arnold Whitman Thau Family Fund of the CFMC Tim Green, Co-Chair Board of Directors, Keep Big Sur Wild LandWatch Monterey County Anonymous Don & Darcie Dwight Holing and Ann Notthoff Hetty and Jim Eddy Janet Brennan John Swendseid & Despina Hatton Mark Shelley Thomas and Leslie Ward Wendell & Celeste Birkhofer Legal Services for Seniors Central Coast Senior Services, Inc. George and Nancy McInnis Hal and MaryAnn Leffel Integris Wealth Management JRG Attorneys at Law Tim Flanagan Loaves, Fishes, and Computers Chip Lenno & Kevin Cahill The Donald Erwin Harvey and Kerry O’Hara Harvey Trust Upjohn California Fund Lyceum of Monterey County Wayne & Linda Cruzan Marina Youth Arts Mayor Bruce Delgado Marine Life Studies Anonymous Gerald P. Perezchica, Board of Directors Greg and Jennifer Osborn Huge Fan of Marine Life Studies In Honor of Captain Tif Thomas In Honor of John and Johnny West In Memory of Bob Adams In Memory of Doug Ross In Memory of Joanne Adams In Memory of Martha, Bob, and Don Guyse Marine Life Studies Board of Directors Pamela and Edward Taft Princess Monterey Whale Watching Sealion Whisperer Squid Whale Lovers in Palo Alto Max’s Helping Paws Foundation Anita Gryska Ann Elkin - Board Member Anonymous Board Member David and Stacey Fradkin Dennis Smith and Connie HongSmith Dina Ruiz Dr. Alan & Anneli Rosenthal Dr. Carlotta Mellon, Max’s Board Jared & Jennifer Steagall Jonathan Fradkin DVM and Dyana Klein Sara and Michael Davi Sharon Petrosino Wilson Sylvana Stratton Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula Anonymous Board of Directors Cathy & Quentin Rose Central Coast Senior Services, Inc. Deborah Winick, Board Member Heidi Schake, Board Member Jan and Michael Praisner Joanne Colombo Crist and Bruce Crist MOWMP Board Member Paul and Janet Bruno Peter and Jackie Henning Fund of the CFMC Rory and Noelle Coetzee MEarth Andrea Lewis, Board Director Brett Melone, Board Vice President Charles Franklin Eric Saulnier & Nicole Saulnier, Board Director Erin Fogg, Board President John Long, Board of Director Karin Stratton, Executive Director Meghan Macaluso, Board Director Todd Holman, Board Director Upjohn California Fund Monterey Audubon Society Anonymous (2) Bev Gatliff Blake Matheson Dr. Edward and Pamela Cole Fred Hochstaedter and Catherine Webb, board member Friends of Monterey Bay Audubon Society Jan Loomis Linda Zimmerman Majorie Bullock and Nina Harrison Mary and Cath Patty Brown and Paul Fleischman Robert Horn, Mary Corey Robert T and Mara B Perkins Roger and Della Bossart Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust Alyson Hunter Buccaneer Fishing John Field and Anna Zagorska Board Member Board Member - M Galligan Board Member - Margaret Spring Board Member - Steve Scheiblauer Nell Newman Foundation O’Sullivan Family Monterey Bay Master Gardeners Anonymous (2) Blue Door Garden Design, Inc. Lew and Rita Bell Ron and Barbara Davidge Monterey College of Law Amy Sands Anonymous Barry Currier Brenda Murdock Catherine E. Bennett, Assoc. Dean, Kern County College of Law Debbie Howitt and Bobbie Hernandez, MCL Staff Elizabeth McCorkle and Robert Goodwin Emily DuBois, JD Geoffrey Cox Joanne Colombo Crist Karen D. Kadushin Liza Horvath, Monterey Trust Management Mitchel and Debbie Winick Phil Candreva Savina Haas The Sims Family Monterey County Pops! A. Ken and Francine Meadors Chuck and Diane Elliott Douglas C. Lee Dr. Carl Christensen Steve & Karen DeCarli Monterey County Rape Crisis Center Friendraiser Event Monterey History and Art Association Dennis and Susan Mar Gary & Frances Spradlin Marc Del Piero Pendlay Family Scott Gale / MHAA Monterey Jazz Festival Barbara Paul and Tom LaFaille Fund of the CFMC Kenny and Aliana Gordon Upjohn California Fund Monterey Museum of Art Adriana Hayward Alicia Swithenbank Anonymous (2) Caroline and Graham Low Corey Madden Eric and Holly Smith John and Laura Gamble Kevin Wasbauer Challenge Gifts Monterey County GIVES! 2023 13 Cultivating Community Monterey County Gives! is a special project of Monterey County Weekly in partnership with the Community Foundation for Monterey County and Monterey Peninsula Foundation $10,000,000 in donations 8,500 donors 53 days 206 nonprofits Major Partners 1. Visit 2. Choose your favorites 3. Click on DONATE button How to donate Goals for 2023 PRINT | WEB | MOBILE

DONate online Kristen and Joe Huston Tom and Tiffany Donnelly Upjohn California Fund Monterey Off Road Cycling Association Buena Vista Systems Inc. Girls Rock Women’s Mountain Biking Organization Kenneth Chrisman MORCA Board of Directors Sparky Monterey Peace and Justice Center Catherine Crockett Eugenia Shih MPJC Board of Directors Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre San Carlos Agency, Inc. Watts Family Monterey Peninsula Voices Anonymous Charlene Howell Lowery Harlan Jencks Jeanie Anton, John Lett, Pam Soboleski, Colleen Goldsmith Julie & Hank Armstrong Juliette Le, Chris Hasegawa, Dan Sakoda, Emily Barnthouse, Cindy Lackey Monterey Public Library Friends and Foundation Allie & Jim Ladio Amy Reed, Board Member Bill + Kathi Wojtkowski Bob & Kathy Petty Brian Edwards Chris & Toula Hubbard - Sierra Pacific Windows Diane de Lorimier, Board Member Douglas Holtzman and Jennifer Smith Harish Joshi Janie Silveria Janie Silveria, MPL Board of Trustees Jenny Savage, Board Member Jerry Giamona, Board Member Jessica and William Thibault Jim Thomson & Jan O’Halloran Karen Dunn-Haley, Board Member Lee Henderson and Donna Gibson Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Marsha Moroh and Ken Wanderman Monterey Private Wealth Phyllis and Fred Meurer Stephen Millich Wayne & Linda Cruzan Monterey Symphony The Buffett Fund of the CFMC MPC Foundation Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Musikiwest Donald McEnry Davis Charitable Fund of the CFMC MY Museum Charleen and Charles Vershaw NAMI Monterey County Angela Rudas Smith & Family Cynthia and Edward Laurance Joe & Loma Livernois Rory Nancy’s Project Alex Cope APSNA Presidents Arthur & Elizabeth Pasquinelli Curtis Myers and Jennifer Nuckton Cynthia and Joseph Hertlein Jim & Betty Kasson Joseph & Elizabeth Heston Judy and Don Kirk Laurie and David Benjamin Michael and Mary O’Connor Patty and Mark Thompson Robert T and Mara B Perkins Sheila Gibbons Hiebert St. Dunstan’s Foundation Tom & Sue Masters Natividad Medical Foundation Dan and Yadira Hobby Jennifer Williams-Carpenter and John Carpenter Lisa Rico Mike and Leslie Galloway Peter and Carol Chandler Santa Cruz County Bank Vituity/Natividad ED—Matthew Tripp, MD; Ruth Selvidge, MD; Valerie Vigil, MD; Derek Orchard, MD; Karen Olaes, MD; Michael Moeller, MD; Christopher Martin, MD; Marie Lutz, MD; Robert Lawson, MD; Cole Klick, MD; Adam Kincaid, MD; Alexander Guendel, MD; Theodore Doherty, MD; Jose Cardenas, MD; Steffani Campbell, MD; Christopher Burke, MD; Jeffrey Bass, MD New Camaldoli Hermitage Anonymous (3) Kris and Rosa Sottosanti Michaela Fossum Scudder Roofing & Scudder Solar Teri Breschini Old Monterey Foundation Barbara Burke Bill Wojtkowski David Potter Hal and MaryAnn Leffel The Paul Davis Partnership LLP O’Neill Sea Odyssey Anonymous Santa Cruz County Bank Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Anonymous Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Anne and Paul Davis Anonymous (2) Bill & Shirley Peake Dana Allen-Greil Erin & Josh Madeira Jim Covel & Christine Revelas Joan Clay Karen and Chris Wagner Lisa Max Marsha McMahan Zelus Matthew and Jessica Denecour Olivia Duarte and William Chow O’Sullivan Family Richard and Megan Dole Robert Frischmuth Sean Powell Susan Wolfe Tama Olver PacRep Theatre Lee & Shirley Rosen Santa Cruz County Bank The Buffett Fund of the CFMC Palenke Arts Anonymous Board Member Dan Baldwin and Anne Ylvisaker Fund of the CFMC Dr. Celia Barberena Forrest Family JT Mason & Gretchen Hausmann Margaret Dominguez Michelle Overmeyer Parenting Connection of Monterey County Relindis Diaz Santa Cruz County Bank Partners For Peace Anonymous David & Devone Jenkins John Silva, MD & Natalie Lujan-Silva, RN Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Sam and Marian Cunningham Peace of Mind Dog Rescue Boand Family Foundation Dr. Alan & Anneli Rosenthal Joel and Dena Gambord Ollie Weidner Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association Upjohn California Fund Point Lobos Foundation Anonymous Betty and Michael Maurutto Holly Carlin Jim Rurka, PLF Board of Directors Karin Stratton, Past President, PLF Kathleen & Rob Lee, Point Lobos Foundation Board Member Carol Rossi Board Member Karen Max Kelly Scott Kurteff, PLF Board of Directors Upjohn California Fund Power Over Parkinson’s Don McDougall Jason and Leslie Tracy Martin and Ramie Allard Richard and Cindy Silver Tim and Cindy Minor Upjohn California Fund Rancho Cielo Youth Campus Boand Family Foundation Chris & Joanna Devers Duane & Kay Zitzner Rick and Joanne Bravo Santa Cruz County Bank The Don Chapin Co., Inc. Range of the Condor Don and Franci Gruber John Hain and Jennifer Allen Read to Me Project Cynthia and Joseph Hertlein Letitia Bennett St. Dunstan’s Foundation The Lilley Family Upjohn California Fund Regeneración - Pajaro Valley Climate Action Kirsten Liske RotaCare Monterey Clinic Mendivil Family Salinas Area Reading Is Fundamental Anonymous (2) Mary Alicia McRae Salinas Valley Health Foundation Barbara Balentine Carrie Birkhofer and Bay Federal Credit Union Hastie Financial Group Michael McMillan Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Janine Faylor Rodney and Christine Meeks TMD Creative SNIP Bus Mark and Lisa Sears Sol Treasures A & G Pumping Creekside Farms, Larry & Carol Umbarger, Allen & Teri Umbarger Ed and Anita McKean Jeff Hinderscheid & Jamie Jones Jessica Riley and Jude Yriarte Roger & Brandi Borzini Sonia Chapa Susan and David Gill Teri Umbarger, Esther Kosty, Melody Shepherd Soledad Community Health Care District Foundation Mike & Jo Ann Moline Pauline Tomasini South County Animal Rescue Denise Larkin (SCAR Board Member) and David Barnard Lucy Jensen SCAR Board of Directors Strobridge Ranch, in memory of Nina June Strobridge Ty and Tiffany Caulk SpectorDance Dr. Roger D. Stewart In Honor of James V Atkins Jonathan Lipow SawTeen See Stevenson School Tim and Lynn Allen Sun Street Centers The Lilley Family Tor House Foundation Jeffrey Baron Susan Shillinglaw Trustees, Tor House UnChained Anonymous Despina Hatton and John Swendseid Griffin Fletcher The Otter’s Den United Way of Monterey County Aera Energy Ann Kern D’Arrigo California Valley Health Associates Cardinale GMC Upjohn California Fund Ventana Wilderness Alliance Beers-Neubert Foundation Chiorini, Platt & Jacobs Dottie Massey Mike Chamberlain Tom Hopkins Wilderness Fund Ventana Wildlife Society Frank & Barbara Strehlitz Jack Borok Marsha McMahan Zelus MaryAnn Vasconcellos and David Smiley Upjohn California Fund VWS Condor Tracking Volunteer Veterans Transition Center Bard Mansager Clint and Joy Cowden Evan and Jessica Heath Heidi & Kurt Schake Joanne Colombo and Bruce Crist Mary Roberts and Stephen Palumbi Michael and Sarah Stull Phil Deppert Ralph Sirtak Regina Mason Sid Williams Tony Tollner & Julie Conrad The Village Project Anonymous Mel and Regina Mason Watsonville Wetlands Watch Donna Bradford Western Flyer Foundation Brooks McChesney Western Flyer Foundation Board of Directors Wonder Wood Ranch Comet Training Co. Jim and Darci Rubart Laura Overett Scudder Roofing & Scudder Solar Skyline Engineering, Inc. World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay In honor of Dr. Glenn E. Schweitzer, Science Diplomat Linda Dilger Maria and Philip Morgan Peter and Anne Albano York School Grateful York Parent Youth Arts Collective Don & Darcie Upjohn California Fund Youth Music Monterey County Lori and Lou Flagg Memorial Youth Fund Challenge Gifts 14 Monterey County GIVES! 2023 Monterey County GIVES! 2023 15 Together, we will save more lives! Proudly serving South Monterey County since 2016! We increase community access to spay and neuter services, TNR community cats, rescue kittens, puppies, cats and dogs, provide foster care and adoption placement.

16 Monterey County GIVES! 2023 Animals DONate online Animal Friends Rescue Project Year Founded: 1998 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 15 paid, 887 volunteers Budget: $1,160,000 333-0722 Big Idea: This nonprofit is a friend to the most vulnerable shelter animals in Monterey County, rescuing homeless and owner-surrendered companion animals most at-risk from euthanization. These animals may be shy, traumatized or elderly—but still worthy and eager to be someone’s forever friend. Animal Friends Rescue Project provides lifesaving medical care for vulnerable animals using an extensive foster volunteer network. This Big Idea also includes free spay and neuter services, with more than 1,000 stray cats receiving care last year. “Our two beautiful pups, Rusty and Pepper, came to us from knowledgeable, loving and conscientious AFRP foster parents. Their foster families were able to assess our fitness as adopters and give us valuable information about the dogs. This process ensured a great match! Beyond what AFRP means to individual families like mine, they make a real difference to the wider community. I am impressed by the impact AFRP has and the way they achieve their mission. AFRP has cultivated, sustained and utilized a large group of dedicated volunteers for many years. This enables the funds they raise to go primarily to the direct care for the animals. We are very grateful for AFRP and proud to be donors to the organization.” -Tobi Marcus BirchBark Year Founded: 2013 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 2.5 paid, 50 volunteers Budget: $497,505 471-7255 Big Idea: This nonprofit preserves the sacred human-animal bond with its three Big Idea programs: PetAid, Pet Loss Grief Counseling, and educational programs. PetAid provides financial assistance to reduce “economic euthanasia” so pet owners faced with expensive emergency veterinary care can consider this option. Free Pet Loss Grief Counseling helps bereaved pet owners navigate the loss of their companion animals and educational webinars educate pet owners on responsible animal care. “BirchBark Foundation has given me more time with my dog, which is everything! They have supported us in a difficult time and we are so grateful.” -Denise R. Golden Oldies Cat Rescue Year Founded: 2016 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 3 paid, 70 volunteers Budget: $134,053 200-9700 Big Idea: Cats 6 years and older have a powerful advocate with the Big Idea at Golden Oldies Cat Rescue, the only Monterey County rescue exclusively focused on senior cats. These cats are often surrendered after their long-term owner dies or cannot provide care. This means older cats, used to one home or owner, can experience a difficult, grieffilled transition, too. Foster homes nurture these cats until their forever families come along, often providing necessary and expensive medical and dental care. “Lulu and I are celebrating our very first anniversary. She’s come a long, long way since the day she arrived and took up residence under the loveseat. I’m very impressed with my sweet and quirky roommate, and thankful to have her running the house now and making new rules for me every single day. I may have failed as a foster, but I’ve most certainly succeeded in helping to change Lulu’s life…and she’s made mine happier, more meaningful and a lot more fun. Makes me a happy mama to share everything with her and watch her progress both inside the house and outside in her patio. Thank you, Universe, and thank you, Golden Oldies!” -Candy Kelly South Monterey County Animal Rescue (SCAR) Year Founded: 2017 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 0 paid, 28 volunteers Budget: $120,000 525-5160 Big Idea: South Monterey County Animal Rescue operates a volunteer-led animal rescue, focused on supporting the rural communities of South Monterey County and partnering with other rescue agencies. This organization provides access to low-cost spay and neuter services to help prevent an overpopulation of unwanted pets, while also rescuing pets from local shelters and accepting owner surrenders. SCAR’s Big Idea supports the hardworking volunteers who often care for kittens, cats and dogs—also attending to their critical medical needs—until they are ready for adoption. “SCAR has always shown compassion for the unwanted and undesirable cats and dogs through their commitment to serving our communities. The work they do is a labor of love. I have seen how SCAR goes above and beyond to give animals a fighting chance at living a good and happy life.” -Ruth Diaz, Soledad spotlight They are helping each other!” Lori Tuttle, Hope, Horses, and Kids Monterey County GIVES! 2023 17 A Paw in Need Ready to Make a Difference? Donate Today at This year, we're launching A Paw in Need , our Big Idea for the Monterey County Gives campaign! Now through December 31st, we are eagerly accepting donations, and here's the best part: your donations will be matched! In other words, the more you give, the more that is matched. With your generous donations, you will make a world of difference, providing crucial medical care for our most at-risk animals, including dogs battling parvovirus, cats fighting panleukopenia, and those in need of orthopedic procedures. At AFRP, our mission is to save vulnerable local shelter animals, including those who are sick, injured, or need some extra love and care. Your support is the lifeline for animals who have nowhere else to turn, animals who, without you, might never have the chance to know the comfort of a loving home or the gentle touch of a caring hand. Your generous support means the world to us and to the animals we serve. Thank you for being a part of this mission.

18 Monterey County GIVES! 2023 Animals DONate online Hope, Horses, and Kids Year Founded: 2010 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 2.5 paid, 20 volunteers Budget: $394,998 596-6693 Big Idea: It’s not just these gentle giants that make this a Big Idea. Hope, Horses, and Kids use the quiet strength and leadership of horses to help children with special needs develop essential life skills. While youth are the focus, this nonprofit seeks donations to support the equine assistants also critical to the success of this Big Idea. Donors support the horses’ health, nutrition, veterinary checkups, and supplies and equipment required for these animals’ daily needs. “Maddie is a gray mare that came to us anxious and unsure, but so relational. For her rehab, she simply needed assertive guidance and some time to develop trust, and she is now soft, confident and connected. She teams superbly with our clients that have anxiety. For example, Maddie is always happy to spend time with Phoenix, who lives with Tourette syndrome and severe anxiety. As he rides Maddie, Phoenix connects with and reflects her energy and also is so soft and gentle. They are helping each other!” -Lori Tuttle Marine Life Studies Year Founded: 2006 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 2 paid, 177 volunteers Budget: $230,000 901-3833 Big Idea: Donors can help protect the biggest mammals in the ocean with Marine Life Studies’ Big Idea: the Whale Entanglement Team, a rapid response group to rescue whales entangled in lost or abandoned fishing gear. Funds support the maintenance of the R/V Current’Sea (also known as the whale disentanglement ambulance) and help purchase specialized equipment for future entanglement responses to ensure that the WET team is ready for every call. “As a native to the Monterey Peninsula, I’ve spent my entire life in, on, and around the ocean. Our local environment is a beautiful yet fragile place. In working with Marine Life Studies as a documentary filmmaker, I have come to know them as an integral part in the protection of our wondrous bay. Their outreach, education and entanglement programs fulfill an important and necessary role in the conservation of our marine environment.” -Matthew Ferraro, director of photography, JeanMichel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society Max’s Helping Paws Foundation Year Founded: 2016 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 2 paid, 15 volunteers Budget: $437,250 704-6473 Big Idea: Sometimes all you need is a helping paw when facing a hard time. Max’s Helping Paws offers a Special Supplemental Program to provide additional financial assistance to low-income pet owners classified as senior, disabled, homeless or veteran who are facing urgent veterinary care and accompanying expenses. Often, these situations result in unnecessary euthanization or suffering for the pet or the owner sacrificing their own basic needs. Donors can contribute to this Big Idea, which adds up to an extra $250 for pet owners, beyond other financial assistance awarded. “My boy is feeling much better with his medication and I owe that to your services. I would not have been able to take care of this without your support. You have my deep gratitude that I am having difficulty putting into words.” -Juan G. Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR) Year Founded: 2009 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 30 paid, 1,423 volunteers Budget: $1,710,900 718-9122 SNIP Bus Year Founded: 2016 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 0 paid, 9 volunteers Budget: $1,672,000 (925) 895-8531 Big Idea: In its mission to help end pet overpopulation, the SNIP Bus recently celebrated the milestone of 30,000 pets fixed in Monterey County over the past five years. However, the work continues—this nonprofit’s Big Idea reminds us that the local need for low-cost mobile spay and neuter services for the animals belonging to low-income residents is more overwhelming than ever. The skyrocketing cost of living means veterinary care is even more unrealistic for many, making this mobile, affordable service even more valuable. “I cannot tell you how much SNIP Bus means to me: I take stray dogs off the street in East Salinas who are now my family. I cannot afford to get them fixed, but love them so very much. I am very, very grateful for the service SNIP provides so my babies won’t have babies. Without what SNIP does for me (and the community), I do not know what I would do.” -Anonymous, Salinas spotlight The SPCA gives all animals a second chance. They also give people a second chance.” Harrison and Isela Perdue, SPCA Monterey County Monterey County GIVES! 2023 19 Help Change Their Worlds! Donate Today! Monterey County Gives! is up and running through midnight December 31, and Golden Oldies Cat Rescue is part of it! We rehome cats 6 and older from Monterey County whose guardians can no longer care for them or who are at risk in shelters. We place them in loving foster care while we search for their forever homes. Your donation will help us provide them with that new beginning! Saving the life of one older cat won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one cat! Your donation will enable us to continue our lifesaving work as the only older-cat-exclusive rescue in Monterey County. The cats we help have lost everything—their humans and their homes— through no fault of their own in their Golden Years Visit our MCGives! page at and donate today. Without you, we can’t accomplish this. Please donate. Every little life you help save will thank you from the bottom of their hearts! Danny Boy Maloos • 831.200.9700 Palang Gizmo Support the next chapter of the iconic Western Flyer! After 75 years away, the sardine fishing boat that John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts sailed to Baja in 1940 is restored and is back home in Monterey Bay! Support its next exciting chapter as a platform for research and education and help inspire the next generation of scientists, artists, and writers! Donate through We appreciate you supporting Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR) throughout the year! With your support, we have helped change the lives of over 5,000 senior dogs and people. Let’s continue to make a difference together! Thank You Monterey County P.O. Box 51554, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 • 831-718-9122 Make your year-end donation go further by giving to POMDR through Monterey County Gives. POMDR is a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people.

20 Monterey County GIVES! 2023 Animals DONate online Big Idea: Did you know Peace of Mind Dog Rescue operates its own private veterinary clinic? This nonprofit’s Big Idea provides a lifetime of care to dogs surrendered to its program, often because the owner is moving to a care facility or can no longer care for their beloved pet. POMDR matches dogs with foster homes until adoption. Each dog receives comprehensive medical care including exams, X-rays and vaccines. Donations help fund these everyday costs, and oncology, dentistry and specialty surgeries when needed. “POMDR is the best-run nonprofit I have ever encountered. And that statement comes after having served on numerous nonprofit boards. I’m so impressed with the work you do, and the efficiency with which you do it. Thank you so much for bringing us Makoa. He’s such a sweetheart. I promise he will be in a loving home for the rest of his life.” -Paula R. SPCA Monterey County Year Founded: 1905 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 83 paid, 365 volunteers Budget: $10,234,004 373-2631 Big Idea: The SPCA Monterey County operates an extensive animal rescue, rehabilitation, protection and education nonprofit, including the Treatment, Learning, and Compassion program (TLC). This Big Idea provides needed veterinary care for homeless, abused or neglected pets, but this organization goes deeper. Specialized behavioral intervention can make the difference in helping an abandoned pet find a home—but it’s a process that can take weeks or months. Donations support these in-depth programs to give every deserving animal their best opportunity to find a forever family. “The SPCA gives all animals a second chance. They also give people a second chance by giving us the opportunity to adopt. We can’t imagine life without him (Enoch) now.” -Harrison and Isela Perdue Ventana Wildlife Society Year Founded: 1982 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 20 paid, 20 volunteers Budget: $2,615,390 455-9514 Big Idea: Ventana Wildlife Society dedicates its Big Idea to North America’s largest bird: the California condor. However, this big bird needs a Big Idea to ensure its future as an icon of our skies. This nonprofit uses its proven recovery actions to protect this majestic bird, including providing essential medical treatment and emergency vaccines to condors showing signs of lead poisoning or avian flu, promoting the use of non-lead ammunition, releasing healthy captive-bred condors to the wild, and monitoring the healthy growth of chicks in their nests. “The recovery of the California condor serves as an icon of hope for endangered species around the world, and the Ventana Wildlife Society is a long-standing, key partner in the effort.” -Les Lo Baugh, Jr., attorney and author of the Endangered Species Act UnChained Year Founded: 2011 Paid Staff and Volunteers: 7 paid, 170 volunteers Budget: $163,180 (888) 674-5471 Big Idea: Another Big Idea is coming to Rancho Cielo’s campus with UnChained’s pilot program during the 2023-2024 school year. Students at nonprofit Rancho Cielo will have a chance to foster homeless dogs and teach them basic skills, manners and socialization in preparation for adoption. This eight-week program is a win-win, teaching youth valuable life skills by caring for and training dogs and providing opportunities for personal growth, all while helping homeless dogs get ready to become beloved family pets. “UnChained is among our most popular and successful programs with our youth population, and its impact in our facility and in the lives of the youth who participate in the program cannot be overstated. We have enjoyed numerous benefits. Youth who engage in the program demonstrate notable progress in their awareness of self and others, increased confidence and improved interpersonal skills. Additionally, those who complete the program frequently report they feel they have grown their patience and enhanced their abilities to understand the thoughts and feelings of others. These new or expanded skills and abilities enable justice-involved youths to cope with challenges and stressors in a healthier manner, and often lead to greater participation in other important rehabilitative programs and services.” -Isabel Anderson, division director at Monterey County Youth Center spotlight The recovery of the California condor serves as an icon of hope for endangered species around the world.” Les Lo Baugh, Jr., Ventana Wildlife Society