Who We Are


The Santa Cruz Education Foundation works to ensure that every one of the 7,000 students at our 10 campuses, in kindergarten through high school, has an outstanding educational experience.


We believe that every child deserves an excellent neighborhood school.

Our Mission:

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is a community organization promoting excellence in Santa Cruz City Schools by developing and enhancing programs so that all students can realize their full potential.

Our Vision:

Excellence in public education – for everyone!

Our Goals:

  • To educate the community about the critical funding needs of public education.
  • To offer financial support for existing and new cultural, academic and other educational programs.
  • To become the focus of district-wide fundraising for Santa Cruz City Schools.
  • To provide a continuous funding source for programs that inspire all students to succeed.

Our History:

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation was formed in 2003 by a diverse group of parents, educators and community leaders. We believe in great neighborhood schools, open and accessible to all children in our community. The Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of Santa Cruz City Schools by raising private money to augment declining government funding.

Although other area organizations raise funds for specific groups of students, the Santa Cruz Education Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to serving all students in Santa Cruz City Schools.

The Foundation raises private funds to support a wide range of programs in Santa Cruz public schools so that students are exposed to a diverse and rich public education. The amount of money distributed by the Foundation is not dependent upon enrollment or government funding. Rather, it depends upon the contributions of local citizens and businesses.


The Santa Cruz Education Foundation serves Santa Cruz City Schools.