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Santa Cruz Shakespeare

Organization Mission

Inspired by Shakespeare, we create and strengthen community by bringing audiences and theater artists together to celebrate stories about our collective humanity.

The Big Idea 2022:
Transportation Fund for Students

Our goal is to ensure that every single high school student in Santa Cruz County has seen a live, professional production of a Shakespeare play by the time they graduate. Often, schools run into transportation difficulties when planning a field trip to enjoy a play at The Grove, and parents may not have a vehicle or the ability to miss work. We hope to alleviate the expense by providing funds for buses.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare extends its summer season into September each year to offer student-only matinees for high schools. It gives many students their first opportunity to enjoy a professionally-produced play or a classic performance in an outdoor theater, and many teachers want their students to attend Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Matinee Week. They tell us they’re excited to bring students to see the same productions they enjoy each summer.

Please help us support schools-in-need and expand current opportunities to more students.

Attending the Santa Cruz Shakespeare production helped students get out of their comfort zone and learn. We talked about the dedication of actors learning their lines, the costume and set designers making their ideas come to life and many of the other aspects it takes to put on a production. Santa Cruz Shakespeare helped drive home these points and had a positive impact at our school.


Jodi Richardson, Teacher, Community Day High School


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

APPLY FOR SANTA CRUZ GIVES!

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.