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Total Raised $691,471.56
Individual Donations $122,031.00
Overall Matching Fund $121,162.00
Organization Challenge Gifts $445,278.56
Awards $3000
Donors 672
$0 Initial Goal

Join the Giving Revolution: Santa Cruz Gives

November 17 - December 31, 2021

This year's holiday campaign raises funds for 80 local nonprofits. Learn about their projects on each profile page and be inspired! Minimum donation is only $5.

If you have walked on a clean beach, enjoyed a park, attended an arts or music event live or on zoom, adopted a pet, received health care services, or enrolled a child in an activity — you have encountered the good work of numerous local nonprofits.

Often the benefits are not visible — when the work prevents or mitigates negative impacts. One thing is certain:  Our community would be far less desirable without the dedication of these groups, driven only by a desire to improve our collective circumstances.

We vetted and selected 80 valuable local nonprofits and created a platform to make it easy for you to browse, donate and help make our community an even better place to live.

Join us!

Three $1,000 awards sponsored by Oswald Restaurant
will be granted for:
Most Donors |  Most Innovative Project | Most Creative Campaign



Arrived! At a Website Near You: Santa Cruz Gives

By Jeanne Howard At a recent meeting of 80 local nonprofit organizations, Karen Delaney, longtime executive director of the Volunteer Center, shared the results of a 2021 study on charitable giving trends. “National research conducted with more than 5,000 adults shows numbers we have not ever seen before,” she said. By “ever,” Delaney means not […] Read more


Santa Cruz Gave

SANTA CRUZ, CA - January 27, 2021

By Jeanne Howard

Santa Cruz Gives was so successful this year, it took more time than usual to verify and double-verify the results, and there was a long wait for the postal delivery of checks postmarked on December 31.

Thank you, Donors, for making us work so hard to manage the growth: Total funds raised is 73 percent over the 2019 campaign! $709,617 compared to $413,161. We are happy to report that the average donation was up significantly, too. The community stepped up with gusto in these unpredictable times.

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Santa Cruz, What?!

SANTA CRUZ, CA - December 23, 2020

By Jeanne Howard

Last night Santa Cruz Gives hit its OMG goal — its higher of two goals we set each year! $600,000! In all of the five past years of this campaign, December 31st has been the largest day for donations, so we’ll see if that trend continues.

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