Put Your Generosity To Work

Give to your passions. Support effective nonprofits. Create lasting impact.

Donate to Storm & Flood Recovery

Give to the Disaster Fund to support recovery efforts in the Pajaro Valley and Santa Cruz County.

Storm & Flood Relief Grants

See our community's generosity in action.

Our Community

Sharing stories and upcoming events that bring together people, ideas, and resources to inspire philanthropy and accomplish great things.

Featured story

Celebrating 2023 Scholarship Awardees

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May 31, 2023

Trusting Us to Care for Others

Community generosity inspired by Laura Segura's life of service helped enable the first three awards from the Laura Segura Scholarship Fund.


May 30, 2023

Love, Laughter, and Making Dreams of Higher Education Come True

Beloved local educator Barbara J. Thompson left a legacy of helping students achieve their dreams of higher education by starting a scholarship fund.


May 22, 2023

$1.58 Million to Help Santa Cruz County Thrive

Celebrating 2023 Community Grantees who are responding to our county's most critical issues.

Flexible Tax-wise Giving

Start Your Own Fund

We can work with you to create a fund focused on supporting the local, national, and global causes closest to your heart.

Maximize Your Impact

Join the Giving Community

You can give any amount, at any time, to support organizations that impact the arts, education, the environment, human services, health and community development, women and girls, the LGBTQ+ community, as well as young children and youth in Santa Cruz County and beyond.

Get Started on Your Plans for Giving

Prepare Now to Give Later

Give to improve Santa Cruz County and beyond as part of your will or trust, with the confidence that Community Foundation Santa Cruz County will act as a faithful steward of your wishes — far into the future.

A Center for Giving

We have a long history of turning generosity into community wins.


Solutions, Trust, & Opportunity

We support effective programs and have earned the trust of Santa Cruz County residents. We advocate for a just, equitable, and inclusive community.


We Create Lasting Solutions

Founded in the wake of disaster in 1982, the Community Foundation was established by generous people who wanted a central organization to send donations and help with long-term recovery.

How We’ve Helped

$223 Million in Local Grants Since 1982

Four decades of inspired philanthropy has provided a steady source of funding for hundreds of local nonprofit, helping organizations build a county where everyone can thrive.

For Advisors and Nonprofits

Advisor Assistance

Serve Your Clients

Access free expertise. We can help you provide tailored giving options that satisfy your clients’ personal, financial, and charitable goals.

Supporting Nonprofits

Collaborate With Us

Let’s talk about how we can help you achieve your mission, invest your funds, find board members, increase awareness, get meeting space, and much more.

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Contact our knowledgeable staff today to support the causes you care about.