Put Your Generosity To Work

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


Together, we transform generosity into impact and make charitable dreams come true.

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Philanthropy in action

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


Six Tips for Year-End Giving

We can help you make the most of your year-end giving. Our team can ensure that your donations make the greatest impact on the causes you care about while maximizing your tax advantages.


CIRF’s Up! $1.5 Million Gift Fuels Impact Investments Benefitting Local Teachers, Farmers

Thanks to a landmark gift of $1.5 million from an anonymous donor, and using board-designated funds from our endowment, we are actively aligning over $3 million of our assets with our values in the 831 area code.


Counting on Community, Why the 2020 Census Matters

Census 2020 grants ensure fair, accurate count in Santa Cruz County

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.