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.