Donations are closed for 2016. Please visit us November, 2017. 2017 Application
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December 31

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

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Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

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Agricultural History Project

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Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County

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Watsonville Film Festival

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Pajaro Valley Arts Council

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Warming Center Program

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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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Request for Proposals 2017

The third annual Santa Cruz Gives holiday giving campaign is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for 2017 now through September 4. Nonprofits will be notified of their acceptance status on September 27-29. In 2016, nearly every applicant was strong, which made the selection process daunting for the Santa Cruz Gives committee. In […] Read more


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