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Total Raised $413,161.23
Individual Donations $193,395.23
Overall Matching Fund $56,866.00
Organization Challenge Gifts $159,900.00
Awards $3000
Donors 1022
$0 Initial 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 37 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 Donors Under 35 Years Old | Most Innovative Program



Santa Cruz Gives 2019 by the Numbers

By Jeanne Howard ………………………………………………………….. Total raised in six weeks: $413,161 Percentage of growth in total funds over 2018: 74.5% Percentage of growth in the previous year (2018 over 2017): 22% Number of donors: 1,022 Percentage of growth in number of donors in 2019 over 2018: 48% Largest donation: $20,000 Largest donation by a millennial: $20,000 […] Read more


New Local Sponsors Support Santa Cruz Gives

By Jeanne Howard…………………………………… A shout out to Kaiser Permanente, Swenson, and philanthropist Joe Collins, who have joined the circle of support for Santa Cruz Gives with “matching funds.” Quite a few potential donors ask about the definitions of matching funds and challenge grants. Matching funds encourage donors to give, knowing their gift will be magnified […] Read more


Santa Cruz Gives returns for fifth year of holiday fundraising

Santa Cruz County’s crowdsourcing campaign for local fundraising, Santa Cruz Gives, is live for its fifth holiday season. Donations are accepted through December 31, 2019. Why wait until you’re about to pop open the Champagne? Well, you might. This year’s campaign presents 38 selected nonprofits and their Big Idea for 2020 — a project that […] Read more

We Did It!

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And please come back in November, 2020!