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Community Giving

Please contact the Philanthropy Department at grants@mpfca.org or call 831-649-1533

Community Giving

In 1937, Bing Crosby invited a group of friends to get together for some golf, a clambake and, most importantly, to raise money for local charities. Since that time, the tournament, now known as the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro‐Am, has become one of the most popular and internationally recognized stops on the PGA TOUR and the spirit of giving back has continued through Monterey Peninsula Foundation.

Over the past eight years, Monterey Peninsula Foundation has been proud to support local nonprofit organizations through Charity Match and Birdies for Charity, in conjunction with the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Due to the generosity of donors, we have been able to collectively raise millions for nonprofit organizations in our local community.

Each year, we review charitable giving to determine the most pertinent community needs and how we can make the greatest impact. After much consideration, we have decided to dissolve the Charity Match program and partner with other local giving programs to continue our support of the community and inspiring philanthropic giving. Our goal is to continue supporting those who have participated in Charity Match. We believe that we can achieve this by partnering with other local giving programs.

We are very pleased to announce new, exciting partnerships with local giving programs to continue inspiring philanthropy and supporting local nonprofits in our three-county geographic area:


3M Scholarship Essay Contest

Earn a College Scholarship and a Chance to Mingle with Celebrities!

Write an essay for a chance to receive a college scholarship and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking the Pebble Beach Golf Links alongside celebrities at the 3M Celebrity Challenge at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am!

One college-bound high school senior from the Monterey Peninsula and one college-bound high school senior from the Salinas Valley will each receive a $3,500 college scholarship from 3M for their winning essay. Each school represented by the winners will receive a $9,000 college scholarship from 3M to be used at the school's discretion for other college-bound seniors. Scholarship winners are invited to walk inside the ropes as standard bearers during the 3M Celebrity Challenge at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Wednesday, the week of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The contest launches each year in early November, with the deadline to apply by mid-December. Submissions for the 2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is now closed.

Contact: Breanna Warnars, Program Associate at bw@mpfca.org or 831.649.1533.

Chevron STEM Zone

Sponsored by Chevron, the STEM Zone incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics into various hands-on, golf-themed activities creating a fun learning environment for students. The Chevron STEM Zone features learning stations, where students of all ages can learn about the science within sports. These include broadcast technology, gravity, aerodynamics, Newton’s Cradle, the parabolic flight path of a football, reaction time and biofeedback, meteorology, as well as several other engaging and educational stations. Students will have the opportunity to sit in a broadcast studio, read from a teleprompter, stand in front of green screen and learn about the technology that is used to produce such broadcasts.

The Chevron STEM Zone operates at both the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the PURE Insurance Championship, and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation offers grant funds to cover transportation costs to local schools in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties, and to Northern California First Tee chapters. Space is limited.

Grant funding information is released in December for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Click here to apply.

Learn more about the Chevron STEM Zone here.

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