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Balance Santa Cruz County

Organization Mission

BalanceSCC enriches the lives of people with unique needs through compassionate care solutions, collaborative giving, and community.

The Big Idea 2022:
2022 Teacher Grant Fund

Our Teacher Grant Fund grants more than $25,000 in supplies annually directly to local teachers and service providers for items they need but cannot afford. Typical items are Chromebooks, iPads, therapeutic chairs and swings, etc.

We typically gift to approximately 60 local teachers/specialists who each work with 30-200+ students with unique needs each year. We raise the funds from the community to support this effort. We have also given free training to more than 100 local educators for school staff to help children learn constructive ways to handle crisis.

Friendship and fellowship are key to a good life, as well as education, and they help young people develop skills to be successful, contributing members of their workplaces and communities. We run an after-school program and a day program for adults to provide equitable access to friendships and community for young people with unique needs.

From iPads to theraputty, yoga balls to curricula — the Teacher Grant Program fills a need for students by giving some purchase power to their teachers.

James H., Felton

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Santa Cruz Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Santa Cruz Gives! raised over $1.10 million for 82 local nonprofits in 2021.

SCGives! has now raised and contributed over $36 million dollars since its inception Seven years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 1,455 donors. We did it, together.

Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.