CFMC Soberanes Fire Fund

Newson August 1st, 2016No Comments • Leave a comment

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) has created the Soberanes Fire Fund to assist the affected community in recovery efforts from the #SoberanesFire which began July 22, 2016. Donations to this fund will provide support in the aftermath of the fire. Grants from the fund will be distributed to nonprofit agencies and organizations directly assisting individuals to meet needs as they arise. We are working in close partnership with the Coast Property Owners Association to deploy resources where they are most needed.

The CFMC has waived all administrative fees so 100% of donations will be used for grantmaking. The funds will be used to make grants to agencies providing emergency assistance, health and human services, short term housing/rental assistance, reimbursement of equipment and supplies, and other immediate relief or long-term recovery support for the affected residents. The fund is a trusted repository for philanthropic assets to be directed specifically for this purpose. (Click here to read more at


FIMS Training Course August 8 – 10, 2016

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The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County will be hosting a three-day in-person FIMS training course Monday, August 8 – Wednesday, August 10, 2016.  (Click here for course outline and registration details)

If you have questions please contact Donna Jones, Director of Finance & Administration ( or by phone at (805) 543-2323 x11

National Standards Update – Post 1 of 2

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National Standards update Post 1 of 2 (click here for more information) – June 13, 2016

Silicon Valley Community Foundation offering webinar June 14, 9-10AM

Newson May 25th, 2016No Comments • Leave a comment

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is offering a webinar June 14, from 9-10 a.m. to learn how to support school districts in their implementation of SB 359. Thanks to the support of the League and others, SB 359 – the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on October 5, 2015 and took effect on January 1, 2016.  (View SB 359 Fact Sheet)

Today, as many school districts adopt and implement a transparent and objective placement mathematics policy for their incoming 9th graders, we are providing them technical assistance to ensure that implementation fulfills the intent of the law.

SVCF has created a toolkit that includes:

  • Sample Board Policies
  • The Getting it Right Tool – A step by step guide to implementing the policy
  • Research resources and other helpful materials

We hope that you and/or members of your staff will join us.

The webinar will be held on June 14 from 9-10 am. Please email George Dallas, Administrative Assistant to the Executive Office, if you would like to participate.  View the advisory letter sent out to all county, school district and charter school administrators from the State Superintendent of Public Instructions, Tom Torlakson.  In the letter, Mr. Torlakson outlines the requirements set forth by the mathematics placement policy for pupils entering grade nine.  (PDF of letter)

Please share broadly and if you need more information please visit:

Innovation Conference – Silicon Valley Community Foundation

News, Uncategorizedon March 25th, 2016No Comments • Leave a comment

Innovation Conference – October 9-11, 2016, San Francisco CA

Learn more (

2016 Connecting for Good event

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If you’re considering attending the 2016 Connecting for Good event on Thursday, April 28, 2016, please purchase your tickets soon – this event will likely sell out again! (Event Flyer)


The 2016 Connecting for Good event features a full-day Innovation Action Lab, led by Dave Viotti & Smallify. (PDF Bios) You will be challenged to prototype solutions to any community or organizational challenges you bring to table, and you’ll walk away with an actionable plan to put into play immediately. Viotti’s team will  help us answer the ‘how?’ of innovation – so be ready to roll up your sleeves for a full day of learning AND doing!

  • Thanks to funding from the Prime Shine & Porges Family Foundation, up to four groups will also have the chance to spend a half-day with Viotti/Smallify in May and June to fine-tune their work. The application will be available immediately following the event.
  • Also, we’re excited to confirm that Lenny Mendonca, Turlock native and former senior partner with McKinsey & Co, will be a keynote speaker again this year. Attached is Lenny’s bio.




March 2016 National Standards update

Newson March 22nd, 2016No Comments • Leave a comment

March 2016 National Standards update

  • The process is taking longer than anticipated, and Lara Kalwinski is now reviewing applications that were submitted last October.
  • Christina Gonzalez, a lawyer, will begin on April 4 to help Lara. 
  • The clock on National Standards yearly accreditation does not begin until a community foundation’s first online accreditation is complete.
  • If a National Standards application is in process and the accreditation date passes, the community foundation is automatically put into extension. 
  • If a community foundation cannot find their name on the locator, they can contact

The key point is that a community foundation that was certified for national standards is still on national standards while the recertification process is underway.

Please feel free to contact Lara directly if you have any questions on this issue.  Lara Kalwinski <>


Legislative Bill List

Uncategorizedon March 4th, 2016No Comments • Leave a comment

Bill lists are provided by Noteware Government Relations


February 6, 2017 (PDF)

February 3, 2017 (PDF)

January 27, 2017 (PDF)

January 13, 2017 (PDF)

January 6, 2017 (PDF)



December 9, 2016 – bill list (PDF)

September 2, 2016 – bill list (PDF) 

August 19, 2016 – bill list (PDF)

Silicon Valley Community Foundation launched website for Innovation Conference, October 2016.

Uncategorizedon February 23rd, 2016No Comments • Leave a comment


I hope this note finds you well. Silicon Valley Community Foundation launched a website for our upcoming Innovation Conference in October. Early bird registration will open in April. I invite you to sign up for notifications as information becomes available

Best, Emmett

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Gives on  May 3, 2016, is a 24-hour online giving event to support our local nonprofits. Learn more at

Yes, Virginia Fund Announces Grantees

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Read more at the Pasadena Community Foundation website (Link to PCF site)