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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage Equality & then comes "Clamoring" FOR ALL

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Oct 11, 2022

Rise Together Celebrates $400,000 in New Grants

This year’s grants will both sustain work started last year and launch new projects that leaders had dreamed of but not yet had the funding to make come to life.

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Oct 18, 2022

On the Table: Youth Learning After Zoom

Learning about how to connect youth to mentors and each other to provide experiential learning opportunities for students.

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Sep 13, 2022

Flowers to Philanthropy

Steve & Carmella Dautoff are helping dreams grow by giving to the Starlight garden project.

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

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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.

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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.

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

OUR VALUES

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.

WHY WE EXIST

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

$183 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.

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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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