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Total Raised $1,101,158.86
Individual Donations $496,273.30
Overall Matching Fund $136,607.00
Organization Challenge Gifts $465,278.56
Awards $3000
Donors 1455
$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



Thanks a Million!

By Jeanne Howard

We’re overjoyed here at Santa Cruz Gives. The community’s generosity brought us to a major milestone: Raising $1 milllion for local charity. There are still checks to be added to the total that were mailed during the holidays, and more will trickle in for the first week of January, so come back soon to gawk at the final total on the home page.  

Thank you to all who took a moment away from the holiday buzz to donate, and who diverted some precious dollars from needs at home.

A quick arm-chair analysis tells us that many who will appear as small donors to organizations are actually large donors to Santa Cruz Gives. Some gave hundreds, a thousand, or thousands, but supported many nonprofit projects with their gift. Our goal is that each organization presents compelling and essential work: It should be hard to choose. Clearly, it was for many donors.

Small donors are as appreciated as large donors. Just as small and large nonprofits are included — because the work is done collectively by nonprofits big and small — the work is done collectively by all donors, big and small. More of us coming together to support our community is where our strength lies as a community. So, thank you — keep the fives, tens and twenties coming!

Many of the nonprofits worked hard to do their part. We explain in our annual kick-off orientation that Santa Cruz Gives is a partnership. The platform we provide and the strong promotional campaign underwritten by Good Times and other local media partners (noted below) is like a wave, and the nonprofit must surf it to the best of their ability by reaching out to their networks to ask, remind, and encourage them to join the heartwarming “funraising” scene that is the Santa Cruz Gives website!

In the future we hope Santa Cruz Gives will be on the year-end to-do list of all who are privileged to help neighbors in need. Until then, thanks a million!

And to all a healthy, joyous new year.

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Local Businesses Donate to Santa Cruz Gives

By Jeanne Howard

Two local businesses recently offered their services to support Santa Cruz Gives. We will look into creating an online auction so that more businesses who would like to contribute to local nonprofits can do so more easily next year. Their time, labor and materials costs are valuable.

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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 in the more than 30 years since she has been a local nonprofit leader.

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We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Santa Cruz Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Santa Cruz Gives! raised over $1.10 million for 82 local nonprofits in 2021.

SCGives! has now raised and contributed over $36 million dollars since its inception Seven years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 1,455 donors. We did it, together.

Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.