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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE FUND: Donate now to protect the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable people.

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Caring for each other through COVID-19


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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.

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

Supporting Nonprofits

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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.

A Center for Giving

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

Good to Know


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How COVID-19 Gifts Are Making a Difference in Santa Cruz County - July Update


Easy Steps to Reduce Risk

CEO Susan True's message on easy ways to reduce risk of COVID-19.


Three Ways to Take Care of Ourselves & Others

Resources for caring for each other during COVID-19


Celebrating Student Achievement

Celebrating our 2020 Scholarship Winners


Honoring the Memory of a Beloved Son

Honoring the memory of Jack DeBord.


Knowledge is Power

Celebrating Bethany López Rojas


Guided by Vision - Driven by Action

A message from CEO Susan True


4 Ways to Reduce Risk for a Safer Reopening

Nonprofit guidelines for a safer reopening.


A Global Struggle with Local Solutions

Community Foundation COVID-19 grants offer local solutions to those impacted


Caring for each other through COVID-19

The Community Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in Santa Cruz County. Learn more at www.cfscc.org/response


COVID-19 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.

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