Put Your Generosity To Work

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

Giving from your IRA Required Minimum Distribution

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Use your RMD to make qualified charitable distributions

It is a tax-free way to turn retirement savings into a meaningful gift

Give To Your Passions

Start Your Own Fund

We can work with you to create a fund geared to support the local, national, and global causes close to your heart.

Support Effective Nonprofits

Give To Community Funds

You can give any amount, at any time, to support 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.

Create Lasting Impact

Plan Ahead

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


Our Purpose

Our vision is to make Santa Cruz County thrive for all who call it home, now and in the future. Our mission is to bring together people, ideas, and resources to inspire philanthropy and accomplish great things.

Get to know us and how we can help you invest in what you love.

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.

A Center for Giving

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

Good to Know


Our Racial Equity Approach & Actions

Learn more about how the Community Foundation is working towards racial equity in Santa Cruz County.


Feeling Whole: Giving Now & In the Future

Bob Katz and Leola Lapide's children learned the values of social responsibility by "osmosis" and regular conversation with their parents about philanthropy and community service.


Making the World a Better Place

Shirley & Dave Henderson support each other while supporting the community.


Fire Response Fund Grants

Fire Response Fund Grants - Your Donations at Work


COVID-19 Relief Grants

Helpful resources for local nonprofits amid the crisis.

Explore the latest local nonprofit news, find out about our events, get invited to seminars, and more.

Join Our Giving Community

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

Nonprofit Organizations like the Elkhorn Slough Foundation have made a measurable difference in partnership with generous community members. Photo credit: Jeremy Lezin.