I Give

Since 1982, we've helped people like you be philanthropists. 

You are a philanthropist when you give money, volunteer time (or both) to causes you care about.

You may know some of these people. Click on their name or picture to read more about our homegrown philanthropists. We hope their words inspire you to join us!

Lex
Lex
I truly believe in the incredible power of people to do good in the world. Too many people are written off, underestimated and never given as much as an encouraging word…and it’s our loss. I give because I was given to. I believe that everyone should be empowered to live out loud to their fullest potential.
Dakota Dillon
Dakota Dillon
I give because if we all help each other and work together we can make the community a better place.
Kathy & Andrew Goldenkranz
Kathy & Andrew Goldenkranz
It's part of our lifestyle to give back both money and time. Giving enhances our relationship and the connections we have to our community.
Fred Keeley
Fred Keeley
Santa Cruz County is a gathering place for interesting people, an unmatched natural environment and more creative minds than you can shake a stick at. To be able to participate in our community's vibrant life, to help in a small way to strengthen and improve our lives is an honor—and why I give.
Chip
Chip
I think of it more as “doing” than “giving" and I've always been inspired to "Do". “Doing” keeps me engaged with my community and my life. Nothing is more fulfilling to me than collaborating and creating something interesting. I've always found, the more I do the more I live.
Sandy Skees
Sandy Skees
I give because I feel a sense of responsibility to this beautiful Santa Cruz community. Whether that's starting the 100+ Women Who Care local giving circle or helping foster leadership skills among women and girls. My inspiration comes from an Africa proverb: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Al Carman
Al Carman
It’s nice to be able to use my career business experience to help people get started in their new businesses. I do this as the chairman of SCORE, a nonprofit offering pro-bono advice on running or starting a small business.
Nancy Loshkajian
Nancy Loshkajian
I have spent my career in philanthropy, as a donor, fundraiser, volunteer board member and now as a consultant and ED because I believe in the transformative power of nonprofits and the people associated with them.
Al Walters
Al Walters
When we open our hearts to give, it opens us up to receive blessings. There is a flow to life that giving enhances. We are all in this together. There is no “them,” there is only us.
Courtney Leibrock
Courtney Leibrock
I give because I am fortunate in having the life that I do. I’m a volunteer board member for Special Parents Information Network. I give and show my gratitude by giving back.
Stuart Rosenstein
Stuart Rosenstein
I give because it’s empowering and gratifying to be of service to a broad vision that supports a healthy, loving and playful community that celebrates each person’s uniqueness.
Cynthia Mathews
Cynthia Mathews
Supporting the issues I care about is a long family tradition, reflecting values of both gratitude and responsibility. It's rewarding to see that these contributions can make a real difference.