A commitment to social justice, opportunity, and inclusion

Diversity Partnership Fund

Photo: Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County

Strengthening alliances, promoting respect and enhancing services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Santa Cruz County is vital to creating a more open, welcoming, and diverse county.

About the Fund

In 1997, we became one of the first community foundations in the U.S. to establish a social justice grantmaking and leadership program for LGBTQ+ people. In 2005, we launched a campaign to build a permanent endowment to advance the goals of the partnership.

This endowed fund with nearly $1 million in permanent resources, is thanks to the collective effort of many community partners and donors. We are grateful for the impact that generosity has made on Santa Cruz County. As a member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, more than $750,000 in grants have been awarded since 1997, including over $37,000 in 2023.

Learn more about our grantmaking from the Diversity Partnership Fund.

Current Grantees

Diversity Center
Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz Pride
Birds of a Feather
In 2023, a total of $7,777 was awarded to the following school Gender Sexuality Alliance, Pride, Rainbow clubs:
Alianza Charter School
Alternative Family Education
Aptos Junior High
Branciforte Middle School
C.T. English Middle School
Ceiba College Preparatory Academy
Costanoa High School
Delta High School
Gault Elementary
Kirby School
Lakeview Middle School
Mission Hill Middle School
New Brighton Middle School
Pacific Collegiate School
Pajaro Middle School
Pajaro Valley High School
Rolling Hills Middle School
Santa Cruz High School
Scotts Valley High School
Soquel Elementary School
Soquel High School
Vine Hill Elementary School
Watsonville Charter School of the Arts
Watsonville High School

"Know that your grant support (for our GSA) will serve a wonderful group of students and their efforts in creating a school community that is inclusive and that celebrates diversity. We are thankful to the Community Foundation and its board of directors for offering us this opportunity and supporting students in our community."

- Dr. Rosa G. Hernández, Principal, Lakeview Middle School

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