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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Organization Mission

Our mission is to leave a thriving Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to future generations by protecting wildlife and biodiversity, raising sanctuary visibility and awareness, and inspiring the public to be its stewards.

The Big Idea 2022:
Commitment to Multicultural K-12 Education

The Foundation seeks to provide free, immersive learning experiences in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. In-school and after-school programs are often the only way for students from marginalized communities to access environmental education, as their families may not be able to afford visits or programs at aquariums, natural history museums, etc.

By offering in-person and remote learning at no cost, we eliminate this barrier for up to 1,500 students each year to experience the sanctuary in a new, exciting, and educational way.

A bilingual educator is essential to coordinate and implement field-based and distance learning programs, as well as to build partnerships with new, diverse programs, including after-school, summer camp, and family programs, all within Santa Cruz County. We will also mentor college students from marginalized backgrounds.

By strengthening partnerships, we can expand our effort by developing bilingual programs, materials, and experiences with the needs of the community at the forefront.

This incredible program enabled our students to learn about Monterey Bay Sanctuary and experience the marine habitat (almost) first hand. Opportunities to experience the marine environment are surprisingly rare for our students, even though they live near the coast. They are very concerned about the environment and these programs reinforce the value of stewardship and environmental action.

Sydnie Moore, Education Specialist T.S. MacQuiddy Elementary, PVUSD

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.