Our mission is to optimize the collective power of nonprofits for the benefit of Monterey County communities. NAMC advocates for the nonprofit industry through education, convening, and acting as an information hub.
What does NAMC do?
We help nonprofits throughout the county discover new ideas and resources, make vital connections, and promote the value of their mission and programs.
Connect nonprofits with news and resources, great ideas, and local leaders
Promote collaborations among Monterey County nonprofits as well as nonprofit through cross-sector collaborations and partnerships
Promote nonprofit impact and value with the general public and public officials
Monthly E-Newsletter full of articles and announcements
Monthly Skill Development Trainings, Topical Forums or Mixers
Annual Socio-Economic Impact Reports
Annual Nonprofit Awards Celebration Breakfast
JOE GRAINGER, Executive Director of Harden Foundation, and founding member of the Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County (NAMC):
It seems like it was just yesterday… when a diverse group of community leaders and I decided to meet in 2004 to address the national economic crisis at that time. Our goal was to combine resources, collaborate, and advocate for the sustainability of services to our community, jeopardized by the economic cuts of the time. NAMC was born out of those meetings. Core leaders from a variety of nonprofits have been working ever since to maintain crucial safety nets and quality of life services for all Monterey County residents.
Today our motto is “Connect * Collaborate* Succeed!! Over the years, NAMC has held networking events and convened trainings and conferences on topics of immediate relevance for nonprofit leaders in Monterey County and the people we so passionately serve every day. We continue to offer these programs — with a deeper commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work — and a new emphasis on advocacy with public officials and the general public.
Our focus on effective advocacy emerged from an inclusive process: In 2019, NAMC leaders launched a strategic planning process — facilitated by Michelle Slade, C4 Consulting. We asked our members and partners for input and invited community leaders to share their perspectives. As a result of our findings, we trained our committee leaders in Bolder Advocacy practices, commissioned our “Economic and Social Impact and Insights 2020 Report” — which we published through a highly praised online presentation, and helped member agencies promote participation in The Census. We have also updated our e-newsletter, expanded our social media presence and launched this new website!
One of our most inspiring programs has been the awards celebration – showcasing outstanding nonprofits and unsung staff heroes – now in our 10th year! In 2020, responding to the challenging COVID environment, we moved every aspect of our program, including our Red Carpet, online with great participation and rave reviews – including a special message from Congressman Panetta for one of our unsung heroes! In 2021 we were able to create a covid-compliant with new program features highlighting the capacity of our nonprofits to be more resilient, creative and collaborative than ever throughout the pandemic.
Throughout the year, we train our members to be skilled, confident leaders that communicate effectively with decision-makers in our region. The rest of our story depends on EACH AND ALL of us planning, working and celebrating together. Join us!
The Day We Started
Community leaders Elsa Quezada, Ricky Mazzulo and Joe Grainger form Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County (NAMC) in response to financial and political upheavals that led to decreased funding, a loss of critical community services and a decline in the quality of life in local communities.
The First Actions
Guided by a Core Leadership group of nonprofit leaders and local funders, NAMC conducts a survey to uncover the needs of local nonprofits. The developing group affiliates with the ACTION Council to provide fiscal 501(c)(3) sponsorship.
The ACTION Council conducts an Economic Impact Survey, funded by the Harden Foundation and partnering with NAMC that shows the nonprofit sector to be a major employer in Monterey County. NAMC organizes events, including brown bag lunches, socials and conferences, and holds the first in a series of Cultural Competency conferences.
With its first paid staff member on board, NAMC continues to provide educational workshops and legislative updates, networking nonprofit and public agencies and advocating in political circles on behalf of the nonprofit community.
NAMC creates an initiative as a partnership between nonprofits and public agencies to improve service delivery across social, cultural and economic lines. A Blue Ribbon Panel of nonprofit and public agency leaders creates a mission statement and vision and provides guidance and input for a strategic plan.
NAMC conducts a Nonprofit Impact Study, to update economic information from the 2005 report, and to collect data on social, political, environmental and technological impact of nonprofits.
NAMC celebrates its 10th Anniversary, and institutes a recognition event to celebrate outstanding nonprofits and the Unsung Heroes that staff their programs.
NAMC continues its work in helping maintain healthy communities through respectful and cooperative relationships among nonprofits, governments and businesses. Its current central projects are Diversity & Social Equity and Advocacy for Nonprofits.
NAMC is an unincorporated membership organization governed by Core Leadership, a 10 to 15-member group elected annually and representing the range of key actors in the nonprofit industry. Currently, the ACTION Council of Monterey County acts as NAMC’s fiscal agent.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Lisa Griffin Burns
Community Homeless Solutions
Yadira Sandoval Hobby
Coast & Country Real Estate Group Inc.
Coldwell Banker Del Monte Realty
Rancho Cielo Youth Campus
Community Builders for Monterey County
Connect * Collaborate * Succeed
As agency, ally or individual, your membership keeps you connected, gives you access to collaborations and helps you succeed. Your participation drives success for nonprofits in Monterey County in many ways as noted below!
NAMC fills an important void by providing technical assistance and networking opportunities across a broad range of disciplines. Many unlikely partnerships and collaborations have developed through conversations at trainings or social events and not only those organizations — but the community has reaped the benefits.
Executive Director First 5 Monterey County
NAMC brings Monterey County’s community-based organizations together to encourage collaboration and promote the importance of nonprofits to the local community and economy. Their top quality trainings on legislation, government budgets, social justice, diversity and other important issues help us all stay abreast of the opportunities and challenges of managing successful organizations in today’s environment.
Executive Director, Community Human Services
NAMC brings the entire non-profit community together to discuss issues of common importance. As a result of their work, powerful community networks and collaborations have formed across the sector.
Executive Director Monterey Jazz Festival
The Nonprofit Alliance for Monterey County is an amazing vehicle for helping each of us see the bigger picture, connect with other professionals and do our part to advance the whole sector.
Executive Director Arts Council for Monterey County
As a member of NAMC, I have the opportunity to be part of the larger non-profit network in Monterey County. Being part of this larger group adds power to the voice and presence of individual organizations within our community.
NAMC offers regular legislative updates on issues that impact non-profits and other forums on topics that are of interest to our sector and at a discount to its members. Their membership socials are fun and great opportunities to meet old and new colleagues.