Your Community Foundation

Our Mission

We bring together people, ideas, and resources to inspire philanthropy and accomplish great things.

Our Vision

To make Santa Cruz County thrive for all who call it home, now and in the future.

Our Values Drive Our Actions

We support effective programs that address community issues and enrich the lives of Santa Cruz County residents.
We earn trust through integrity, accountability, discretion, transparency, prudence, and extraordinary service.
We leverage our resources toward a future that is just, equitable, and inclusive of our diverse community.

Foundation Overview


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Why We Exist

A Lasting Solution

In 1982, a storm dropped 25 inches of rain on Santa Cruz County over three days, causing devastating flooding and mudslides. Generous people looking to help were searching for a central organization to send donations to—one that would support the long-term recovery efforts. But, such an organization didn’t yet exist. Community Foundation Santa Cruz County was formed to meet that need.

Our Giving Community

"I love this place, the history and the people. I trust the Community Foundation to support the causes that matter to us living in Santa Cruz County."

Hal Hyde

Honorary Trustee

Our Team

Our Dedicated Staff and Board Leadership

Learn about the people behind Community Foundation Santa Cruz County who help put your generosity to work to improve Santa Cruz County.

The Jack & Peggy Baskin Center for Philanthropy

In 2009 we set out to build a center for community giving in Santa Cruz County. With a lead gift from Jack & Peggy Baskin and contributions from nearly 60 donors, we opened the center in October 2010. Our Building received a LEED Gold certification—a national benchmark for high performance green buildings.

While Community Foundation Santa Cruz County offices occupy a portion of the award-winning Mark Cavagnero Associates’ designed building, over half of the facility’s 9,200 square feet is available for community use. Our center houses the Borina Nonprofit Resource Center, which offers workshops and a library with the Foundation Center’s online grants databases.

Book A Room

When open to the public again, local nonprofit organizations can reserve a room for daytime, evening, or weekend meetings and events.

Request a Room

A Vital Resource

Regional Water Management Foundation

The Regional Water Management Foundation was established by Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, in cooperation with local agencies, to support planning and obtain funding for water resource projects in Santa Cruz County. Since 2008, $14.8 million in state grants have been awarded through the Foundation.

Learn about the Regional Water Management Foundation’s work and meet the team promoting local coordination and collaboration on water resources management.

Connect With Your Community Foundation

Let’s talk about how you can help improve lives in Santa Cruz County.