GIVE through
December 31

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

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Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services

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Grey Bears

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Wings Homeless Advocacy

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Coastal Watershed Council

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Homeless Services Center

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Tandy Beal and Company

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Girls Inc. of the Central Coast

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Total Raised $197,459.38
Individual Donations $105,270.38
Overall Matching Fund $13,000.00
Organization Challenge Grants $73,189.00
Donors 958
$197,459.38 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 sponsored by Oswald Restaurant
will be granted for:
Most Donors |  Most Donors Under 35 Years Old | Most Innovative Program

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Santa Cruz Gives returns for third year of holiday fundraising

Santa Cruz Gives, Santa Cruz County’s first crowdsourcing website for local fundraising, launches for its third holiday season on November 15. Fundraising ends December 31, 2017. The campaign raises funds for 33 selected nonprofits via where donors can shop individual pages that state each nonprofit’s mission and a project for 2018 that donations will […] Read more


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