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"I give to programs that solve big problems in our community. I trust the Foundation, and my Donor-Advised Fund makes it easy."

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Freny Cooper

COO, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

A Convenient Giving Solution

Donor-Advised Funds offer convenience and flexibility—not to mention the opportunity they provide to support the causes you care about. Here are a few reasons why Donor-Advised Funds are outpacing other giving options in the US:

  • Easy and fast set-up
  • Immediate tax savings
  • No administrative headaches
  • Option to remain anonymous
  • Promotes strategic and proactive giving
  • Simple to give to causes outside of the county

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May 13, 2020

Living Trusts – Who Needs Them and Why

A living trust is a flexible estate planning tool. This presentation will cover the terminology, definitions, and benefits of living trusts in a straightforward way.


Apr 2, 2020

BoardMatch Mixer

Join the Community Foundation and local nonprofit leaders for a networking event on April 2nd. Enjoy complimentary happy hour drinks and bites, and get the chance to meet and mingle with nonprofits in need of excellent board members.

Finance & Governance

Get the information you need to understand how the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County operates.

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We’d love to help you create a plan to put your generosity to work.

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