GIVE through
December 31

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 SantaCruzGives.org, a one-stop convenient giving site, where donors can shop individual pages to learn about each nonprofit’s mission and a project for 2017 that will be funded with donations, then go to a shopping cart to easily click-and-give.

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, the nonprofit partner of Santa Cruz Gives, led a seven-member committee that vetted projects that cover the county geographically and represent diverse needs: youth, seniors, animals, the environment, health and wellness, food and nutrition, housing and homelessness, arts, and families.

Selected nonprofits will receive donated funds, matching funds, and be eligible for three special awards: Most Donors Overall, Most Donors Under 35 years old, and Most Innovative Program. $1,000 will be awarded to three nonprofits who reach this category.

The site will be available for donating on November 16, which represents a soft launch before the official announcement on November 23.

Santa Cruz Gives was founded by local weekly newspaper Good Times in partnership with the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County.