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Live Like Coco Foundation

Organization Mission

We help kids in Santa Cruz County to grow up healthy and with opportunities to pursue their dreams. Our foundation is inspired by Coco Lazenby, who was killed in a car accident in 2015 at age 12. We work to provide local children with opportunities that made a difference in her life.

In 2020, we gave more than 10,000 books to schools and programs serving low-income families. We funded scholarships, hosted beach cleanups, placed small free libraries in parks, and donated to other nonprofits (the Homeless Garden Project, Teen Kitchen Project, and more).

The Big Idea 2022:
Children's Memorial Reading Garden

Love is why we tell the story:

Families who have lost a child often fear their child will be forgotten — or remembered only as a tragedy. The Live Like Coco Foundation wants to honor these children’s stories by sponsoring a special project at the Aptos branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library, one of several branches currently being rebuilt.

The Aptos branch had 151,841 annual visitors and 101,977 annual visitors in the most recent two years, and will now become a beautiful destination in our community. Live Like Coco has agreed to sponsor the Children’s Reading Garden as a special memorial to Coco as well as other children our community lost too soon. We hope this this garden will be a healing space, as well as a vibrant place for all kids and families to enjoy when they visit.

Our school loves being part of Live Like Coco's Birthday Books program, which lets all students choose a free new book on their birthday. The foundation also helps promote literacy at Mar Vista by providing prizes for our Pages and PJs event and by installing a Little Free Library at our school.

Megan Jacobsmeyer, Library Media Technician, Mar Vista Elementary, Aptos

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.