Community Partners

Believing that we are stronger together, the Point Lobos Foundation collaborates with other diverse and vital organizations in our community as often as possible. We are grateful for the following community partners;

The Big Sur International Marathon is a non-profit organization that serves the community by providing a world class marathon and related fun events that raise money to benefit local charities, while promoting health and fitness.  For nearly 30 years the Big Sur Marathon has contributed to the local economy through support of community-based non-profit and charitable groups as well as through a significant economic impact of nearly $30 million annually within Monterey County.  The events bring international promotion and resulting tourism from throughout the world and the organization’s focus on sustainability makes the event a model for other races nationwide.  The Big Sur International Marathon takes place on the last Sunday each April and includes various distances including the marathon, 21, 10.6 and 9-Milers and a 5K.  The 9-Miler travels on a scenic route through Pt. Lobos State Reserve.


Since its founding in 1978, the mission of the Big Sur Land Trust has been to conserve significant lands and waters of California’s Central Coast. The result: about 40,000 acres of magnificent land is undisturbed. In recent years, they have refocused their mission on the well-being of people and the stewardship of land. Their goal is to ensure the connectedness of community and landscape in this exceptional place in the world. The Big Sur Land Trust is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) governed by a board of trustees, operated by a professional staff and supported by hundreds of members and volunteers. Their mission is to inspire love of the land and conservation of our treasured landscapes.


California Department of Parks and Recreation manages 280 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California. These treasures are as diverse as California: From the last stands of primeval redwood forests to vast expanses of fragile desert; from the lofty Sierra Nevada to the broad sandy beaches of our southern coast; and from the opulence of Hearst Castle to the vestiges of colonial Russia. Their mission is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.


The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation supports the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuaries and California’s statewide network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and works to advance the understanding and protection of many other important coastal and ocean resources in California. The Sanctuary Foundation has supported many dozens of projects in education, research, and resource protection for conserving and protecting California’s extraordinary marine environment and resources. The sanctuary foundation is a shining example of the merit of collaboration between public agencies and private organizations.


The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) was founded in 1969 by William Penn Mott, Jr., former director of both California's Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service. With our 130,000 members, CSPF is the only statewide independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. Since 1969, CSPF has raised more than $223 million to benefit state parks. CSPF is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians by expanding access to the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities offered by California's 280 state parks—the largest state parks system in the United States.


The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) is one of the oldest, largest grantmaking foundations on California’s Central Coast. With more than 300 individual funds created by generous community members in their lifetime or through their estates, the CFMC now holds more than $160 million in assets. Together with their philanthropic partners, they awarded $9 million in grants to nearly 400 local nonprofit organizations in 2012 in the areas of community and social services, arts and culture, health, education, the environment, animal welfare, historic preservation and more. In 2012 the CFMC celebrated a milestone of more than $100 million granted towards a vision of healthy, safe, vibrant communities.


The mission of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation is to conserve and restore Elkhorn Slough and its watershed. They see Elkhorn Slough protected forever -- a working landscape where people, farming, industry, and nature thrive together. As one of California's great coastal wetlands, Elkhorn Slough will remain a wellspring of life and a source of inspiration for generations to come. The Foundation is committed to four goals that support their mission; to conserve and protect key lands in the Elkhorn Slough Watershed, to manage these protected lands including working farms and ranches to conserve their natural resources and demonstrate successful conservation use, to support programs and activities at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve that are complimentary with their mission and to disseminate conservation knowledge to engage the community and advance the value, purpose, and effectiveness of conservation.


The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District was formed in order to preserve and protect as much of the natural beauty of the Monterey Peninsula as possible for future generations. Their vision is to be an inspirational, inclusive, respected, sustainable and valued open space district that collaborates with and serves the community and its conservation needs through interconnected open spaces, public parks, education and advocacy for the entire community. Their mission is to acquire and maintain open space in the District for preservation and use, working with partners and the community, for public benefit, enjoyment and environmental protection.


Monterey State Historic Park Association (MSHPA) is a volunteer non-profit which supports 13 historic adobes, including the Monterey Custom House (pictured), in downtown Monterey that constitute Monterey State Historic Park. The mission of Monterey State Historic Parks Association is to support interpretation, educational programs, and special events at Monterey State Historic Park in downtown Monterey. The association also assists all of the California State Parks by raising funds and increasing public awareness.



The Pebble Beach Company Foundation raises funds and distributes grants to local organizations dedicated to promoting excellence in life experiences for the youth of Monterey County. Pebble Beach Company Foundation grants span the arts, athletics, environmental sciences, educational organizations and community programs, and include the "Experience Point Lobos" program for fourth graders.


Whole Foods Market Monterey offers a wide range of organic and natural products while creating a happy and positive experience for their guests. Focused on providing local products, they are proud to provide fresh and delicious products while contributing to the success of local growers and business owners. Not only do they provide stellar products and services but they give back to the Monterey community, and Point Lobos, as well. Whole Foods Market Monterey is a strong supporter of the local community, donating funds and creating awareness for non-profits in the Monterey area.