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Total Raised $709,617.13
Individual Donations $315,465.92
Overall Matching Fund $72,736.21
Organization Challenge Gifts $318,415.00
Awards $3000
Donors 1223
$0 Initial Goal

If you have walked on a clean beach, enjoyed a park, adopted a pet, attended an arts event or music event live or on zoom, 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 by nothing more than a desire to improve our collective circumstances.

We vetted and selected 40 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 this holiday season!

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



Game on: 2020 Santa Cruz Gives Campaign Begins

SANTA CRUZ, CA - November 18, 2020

By Jeanne Howard

Santa Cruz Gives is back for its sixth season with 40 nonprofits presenting projects that benefit Santa Cruz County. In 2019, SC Gives took a leap forward with an increase of 74.5% in total donations over 2018 and an increase of 48% in the number of donors over 2018. You did that! 

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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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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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