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


grants awarded since 1982


in 2023 grants, loans & scholarships


nonprofits served


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revolving loan capital


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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 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.

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.