Our Community Comes Together

RESPONDING TO CRISIS: Donate now to either our COVID-19 Response Fund or Fire Response Fund.

Collaborate With Us

Let’s work together to make Santa Cruz County a better place to live for everyone who calls it home.

Agency Funds

Increase Your Assets

Start a fund and grow your reserves. Advantages of having an agency fund with us include:

  • Growth & Stability of Financial Assets
  • Strong Investment Returns
  • Flexibility to create an endowed fund for steady revenue or a fund expended as needed
  • Acceptance of Securities on Your Behalf
  • Issuing Charitable Gift Annuities on Your Behalf
  • Meeting Room Reservation Priority
  • And Much More

Learn more about starting an Agency Fund »

Grants Given to Local Nonprofits

Local Grants Given Since 1982
Nonprofits Served in 2019

Applying for Grants

We’re here to help Nonprofit Partners and Grantseekers understand our 2020 funding opportunities and what they may mean for your organization.

Photo credit: Jeremy Lezin

Partner Success

"We provide a supporting, nurturing, and loving community that creates the space to find your own path."

Read The Story

Doron Comerchero

FoodWhat?! Director

Recent Awardees

Due to the generosity of the Santa Cruz County community, we awarded $11.7M in grants to 581 organizations in 2018. $1.5 million was made through a competitive open application process for our Community Grants, as well as grants from the Diversity Partnership and the Rydell Visual Arts Fund.

Priority Booking

Request a Room

Local nonprofits and community groups can reserve a modern and comfortable meeting room or outdoor terrace for events at the Jack & Peggy Baskin Center for Philanthropy in Aptos.

A Nationwide Network

Borina Nonprofit Resource Center

Supported by a gift from the Borina Foundation, we're part of a nationwide network of community foundations and libraries helping nonprofits and grantseekers, and a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.

We offer free self-guided access to:

  • Recent compensation surveys for the nonprofit sector
  • Nonprofit management, philanthropy, and board development publications
  • The Foundation Directory Online Professional profiles of all major U.S. grantmakers. Check for free intro classes. Come in to start searching.
  • The Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, listing foundations that fund artists, students, researchers and other individual grantseekers.

The Foundation Center’s core collection of grant guides and research reports on trends and patterns of giving by U.S. grantmakers, plus our own library with hundreds of popular titles. For a limited time, the Foundation Directory Online is being made available to nonprofits to access from their office or home, rather than just onsite at the Community Foundation. Access the directory here.

Looking for help finding a consultant for your nonprofit organization? Our consultant directory is a shared service we offer in concert with our peer community foundations in Monterey and San Benito counties. Listings are posted by consultants – not vetted by Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.

Lending Library

Visit our public library during our regular business hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
7807 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003

If you find a book title that you like, check in with our front desk staff about our free book lending policy.

Seminars For Nonprofits

We provide an array of workshops throughout the year to help you find grants, discover new board members, increase your odds of receiving a major planned gift, and more.

BoardMatch Mixer

Kind of like speed dating between nonprofits and people who want to give their time, talent, and energy in a meaningful way. Enjoy complimentary happy hour drinks and bites, and get the chance to meet and mingle.

DataShare Santa Cruz County

DataShare SCC is the new interactive data platform with local, state, and national data that allows you to explore and understand information about the Santa Cruz County community. Loaded with tons of data, and with easy-to-use report and dashboard building tools, DataShare SCC offers you access to hundreds of data points to deepen and inform your knowledge of many aspects of life in our county. Please use the platform for your advocacy efforts, grant application, program planning, presentation preparation, or any other way it is useful.

Share Your Success

We love telling the stories of the hard-working nonprofits that we work with. Contact Kevin Heuer, Director of Engagement & Impact, to help spread the word about your latest accomplishments.

Events For Nonprofits

Need More Information?

Contact Kevin Heuer, our Director of Engagement & Impact, to discuss how we can work together to make Santa Cruz County a better place for everyone.

Or call him at 831.662.2030