Ways To Give

Discover how your generosity can support ongoing progress in Santa Cruz County.

Partner with Us

We’re honored to be your partner in effective giving. We’ve been a bridge between the giving community and local nonprofits since 1982 and together with donors, have helped organizations across Santa Cruz County truly make a difference. Whatever issue is close to your heart, count on us to support your generosity in whatever ways work best for you. Additionally, our expert team can help you set up a Donor-Advised Fund or use other charitable tools so you can support the causes you care about.

A Fund for Every Cause

You can also give directly to an existing fund. We use our 40 years of philanthropic expertise, extensive knowledge of the nonprofit community, and experience advancing solutions to local issues in our grantmaking decisions.


Greatest Needs Fund

The Greatest Needs Fund addresses a broad range of critical and emerging needs in health and human services, economic and community development, education, the arts, and the environment. Grants support trusted nonprofits working to address pressing local issues.

Pajaro Valley Healthcare District - Watsonville Community Hospital Fund

A fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County to support Pajaro Valley Healthcare District's acquisition and operation of Watsonville Community Hospital. Gifts to the fund will be matched by a grant from Driscoll's, Inc.

Starlight Elementary Teaching Kitchen / Garden Learning Center Fund

The Emeril Lagasse Culinary Garden and Teaching Kitchen at Starlight Elementary School will provide a permanent new teaching facility in the heart of Watsonville. The kitchen and garden will bring powerful new learning resources to nearly 20,000 students.

Laura Segura Scholarship

The Laura Segura Scholarship is intended to support youth or young adults who have been involved with the juvenile justice system (including being on probation, in foster care, or otherwise involved). Gifts to the fund will support Pajaro Valley and Cabrillo College students annually.

Veterans Village Fund

“Veterans Village,” a first for Santa Cruz County, will provide a permanent affordable housing solution for veterans and their families including on-site support services.

Friends of the Foundation Fund

Each year, our donors support more than 800 different causes and charities in Santa Cruz County and beyond. We offer wise investment strategies, local expertise about community issues, and first-class donor services. This fund supports our ability to be the local hub of philanthropy and generosity.

Rise Together Fund for Racial Equity

The Rise Together Fund for Racial Equity provides grants to advance racial equity in Santa Cruz County. Since 2020, the Fund has fueled an intercultural coalition of local Leaders of Color and a team from the Community Foundation in our collective effort to advance racial equity in Santa Cruz County.

Fire Recovery Fund

To support the needs of Santa Cruz County residents affected by the August 2020 Lightning Complex fires. The fund addresses the relief and long-term recovery needs throughout the San Lorenzo Valley and North Coast. Grants support nonprofits responding to victims and programs that aid in the rebuilding and recovery process.

Fund for the Future of the San Lorenzo Valley

An endowed fund started by, and for, the residents of the San Lorenzo Valley, North Coast, and nearby mountain communities. Since 2004, the fund has made grants to nonprofit partners that include Mountain Community Resources, Valley Women's Club, Mountain Parks Foundation, and Valley Churches United.

Fund for Women and Girls

An endowed fund to ensure that women and girls have resources and opportunities to thrive. When a woman thrives, a family thrives. When a family thrives, a community thrives.

Diversity Partnership Fund

The Diversity Partnership Fund strengthens alliances, promotes respect, and enhances services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Santa Cruz County. The Partnerships efforts are vital to creating a more open, welcoming, and diverse county.

Equal Access Santa Cruz County

The Equal Access Santa Cruz County Fund has a simple goal: bridge the digital divide and bring true high-speed broadband to every family in the Santa Cruz community, regardless of income level.

Let’s Chat

We take your generosity personally.

Sam Leask, our philanthropic services director, is happy to help you determine how best to transform your compassion and contributions into benefits for Santa Cruz County that are meaningful to you.

Or call him at 831.662.2060