2019 Application GIVE through
December 31

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Foundation

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired

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Every Child Outdoors Foundation

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Wings Homeless Advocacy

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Homeless Services Center

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Total Raised $234,571.20
Individual Donations $107,046.20
Overall Matching Fund $27,000.00
Organization Challenge Grants $97,525.00
Awards $3,000.00
Donors 692
$234,571.20 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 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

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Request for Proposals 2019

Approximately 30 organizations will be selected for the fifth annual Santa Cruz Gives holiday giving campaign, and applications are now being accepted. The application deadline is Monday, September 2, 2019. The total number of nonprofits included will be increased in future years, as the program grows and more funds are raised. We limit it to […] Read more


Holiday Campaign 2018 is Open for Business!

The fourth annual Santa Cruz Gives holiday giving campaign is now live at SantaCruzGives.org. Fundraising ends right before your Champagne or Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Juice toast at midnight, December 31, 2018. Check out the 33 nonprofits and their Big Ideas for 2019 that have been selected for the first (and only that we know of) […] Read more