Tech Shares

A new approach to investing in your community.

Tech Shares is a way for local start-ups to donate founders’ stock to the Community Foundation at little to no cost to the company, and build philanthropy into the culture from its very beginnings.  When the company is sold or goes public the proceeds from the sale of the donated shares are used to establish a donor-advised fund. This pay-it-forward approach allows startups to invest in our community while integrating social good into their organizational values from the start.

With its new Tech Shares initiative, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County joins a handful of foundations around the country offering an approach to philanthropy that embraces innovation and recognizes the value of our local entrepreneurs.Tech Shares enables entrepreneurs to build philanthropy into the foundations of their enterprises, and can provide reputational and recruiting advantage in the competitive market for tech investment and talent. 

If that sounds like a winning solution for your company, contact us to join the Tech Shares initiative.