About Our Community Foundation


From the Pajaro Valley to Davenport and the San Lorenzo Valley, we are your local community foundation.

We are here to help you invest in Santa Cruz County and beyond.

Founded in 1982, we provide individuals, families and businesses with ways to make giving simple, powerful and personal.

We offer professional advisors resources and tools to help them meet their clients’ charitable goals.

We are committed to strengthening the local nonprofit sector and each year offer grants, workshops and resources to hundreds of local organizations.

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What is a Community Foundation?

We are a tax-exempt public charity serving people who share a common interest to improve the quality of life in Santa Cruz County, and beyond, through philanthropy.

In the U.S., there are more than 750 community foundations. In 2011, as a group we gave an estimated $4.3 billion to a variety of nonprofit activities in fields that included the arts, education, health, human services, environment and disaster relief.

Through the Community Foundations National Standards Board, we are certified as operating with the highest standards of integrity and transparency.