Start Your Own Fund

Since 1982, we’ve helped people turn their passions into Santa Cruz County success stories. We invite you to join them.

When you start a fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, you are joining many of your neighbors in making this a better place - now, and in the future.

It’s Easy to Get Started

Contact our Philanthropic Services Director, Sam Leask, to take the first steps in your giving journey.

Contact Sam

Types of Funds


Donor-Advised Funds

These flexible funds are perfect for individuals, families, and businesses that want to be actively involved in supporting nonprofits locally and beyond. With their ability to accept complex gifts, provide maximum tax benefits, and protect your privacy, Donor-Advised Funds have become the preferred vehicle for effective charitable giving. You can make gifts to your fund when the timing is best for you to receive an immediate income tax deduction, then recommend grants when it’s convenient. We manage all the administration. The minimum gift to establish a Donor-Advised Fund is $25,000.

Corporate Giving Funds

Interested in ways to simplify your company’s giving? We partner with businesses through Corporate Donor-Advised Funds, providing expertise on tax-wise tools, back-office services, and community benefit to help meet your goals. We are an ideal partner for companies of all sizes that are interested in growing their philanthropy and community impact.

Nonprofit Agency Funds

A Nonprofit Agency Fund is an easy way for your organization to establish an endowment or invest reserve funds while eliminating the administrative burden and increasing your ability to handle large and complex gifts. Your Nonprofit Agency Fund benefits from participation in Community Foundation Santa Cruz County’s large investment portfolio while our experienced staff can help you develop planned giving programs and handle gifts of unusual assets.

Scholarship Funds

Strong communities are built on strong minds. Since 2000, we have awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships. A Community Foundation Santa Cruz County scholarship fund is a wonderful way to honor a loved one, or create a legacy for your family while helping local students pursue their higher education dreams.

It's Easy

Many Ways to Start a Fund

Starting a fund is simple. We work with you to create the fund agreement that establishes the guidelines for your fund. For all funds, we provide professional stewardship and oversight to ensure that your intentions are honored—now and forever.

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Voices in our Community

"It is our duty to become more generous. The Community Foundation keeps helping me find new ways to be generous."

Joe Collins

Santa Cruz

Additional Information


Finance & Governance

We are happy to share how we operate and provide information about our financial status.

Let’s Chat

Join the giving community in Santa Cruz County.

Our Philanthropic Services Director, Sam Leask, can guide you, as needed, as you choose where you want to put your generosity to work.

Or call him at 831.662.2060