GIVE through
December 31

FOWAS (Friends of the Watsonville Animal Shelter)

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Farm Discovery At Live Earth

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Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center

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Salud y Cariño

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Jacob’s Heart Children Cancer Support Services

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Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

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Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail & Trail

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Total Raised $181,089.00
Individual Donations $105,379.00
Overall Matching Fund $10,000.00
Organization Challenge Grants $65,710.00
Donors 634
$181,089.00 Goal


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

We vetted and selected 33 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 in and do some good for the holidays!


Three $1,000 awards will be granted for:
Most Donors |  Most Donors Under 35 Years Old | Most Innovative Program

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Santa Cruz Gives Again

Thanks to generous local donors, Santa Cruz Gives, the first crowdsourcing website for countywide fundraising, raised $181,089 for 33 local nonprofit organizations, nearly double the first-year total of $92,688 in the second annual five-week holiday campaign. Throughout the campaign, funds raised were tracked in real time on a leaderboard at, allowing donors to follow […] Read more


Santa Cruz Gives returns for its second year

Santa Cruz County’s first crowdsourcing website for local fundraising, Santa Cruz Gives, launches for its second holiday season on November 23, 2016. Fundraising ends December 31, 2016. The campaign raises funds for 33 selected nonprofits via, a one-stop convenient giving site, where donors can shop individual pages to learn about each nonprofit’s mission and […] Read more


Request For Proposals 2016

Santa Cruz Gives is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2016 holiday giving campaign. This is the second year of the infant program, and the first with an online application process. We have had good news from some of last year’s selected nonprofits about the progress they’ve made on their 2016 […] Read more