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.
Stella Moreno
Stella Moreno

Community service is personal for me. It's deeply rooted in my family values. It's a responsibility I welcome. Caring about others is what matters in the world.

Curtis Reliford
Curtis Reliford

As the founder of Follow Your Heart Action Network I feel that I’m in the hands of God doing this work.  My conscience won’t let me rest. All I want to do is serve people. I’m an ordinary man trying to do the right thing.

 

Dakota Dillon
Dakota Dillon
I give because if we all help each other and work together we can make the community a better place.
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.
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.
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 a member of SCORE, a nonprofit offering pro-bono advice on running or starting a small business.

Ian Swift
Ian Swift

I'm a local kid. Helping others and groups like Habitat for Humanity and the Volunteer Center is important to me. Me helping Santa Cruz helps everyone.

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.
Don Lane
Don Lane

I give because I've been blessed with more than enough to meet my needs and there are so many people in our county who do not have the basics.