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Resource Center for Nonviolence

Organization Mission

The Resource Center for Nonviolence is an organization of multiracial volunteers, staff, donors, and board members committed to the powerful combination of nonviolence and antiracism as means to create a more just, equitable, joyful, and sustainable world.

We offer an online and physical place, and a community, for personal and social transformation, cultural expression, advocacy, reflection, action, and reconciliation. We are located on unceded Awaswas land, Santa Cruz County, California.

The Big Idea 2022:
Antiracism Book Circles

The Resource Center for Nonviolence addresses the historical dominance of white culture in Santa Cruz County by offering Antiracism Book Circles, accessible to every community member. The circles are facilitated to support personal growth in understanding the role of racism in our lives and institutions.

Donations support the creation of these circles and also support creating antiracism book circles within other organizations that would like to offer a book circle to its members.

Some circles are multiracial, and some are organized for racial or gender “affinity groups” to enable Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other BIPOC community members to explore antiracism subjects with community peers. Communities of Practice go deeper in supporting climate justice and antiracism advocates as they seek to implement antiracism and racial equity in their situations.

Please offer support if you can and consider joining a book circle, as well!

RCNV provides essential programming like antiracism book circles. I've had the opportunity to attend two of them and learned so much about my privilege and tangible ways to be antiracist in all facets of my life. I am so grateful that programs like this exist!

Devan Haddad, age 30, Bonny Doon

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.