News from our September Meeting:

And the winner is…Skills of Life Café!

Skills of Life Cafe provides job training to integrate teens & young adults with intellectual (dis)abilities.  They have $41,000 and they need to get to $45,000 (and change, to pay registration, fees, etc- and they will need more to run the program!).  Their curriculum has been drafted. 📣 They have a waitlist for the job training program for interested young adult participants.  There is a space waiting for them at Simpkins.  Our contributions will put them over the top!  

If you want to donate electronically, please visit and join our group: Grapevine 100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 13. Join us!

Congratulations to three recent winners on their grants from the Community Foundation, Santa Cruz County

Mountains 2 Sea, Salud y Cariño and El Sistema have all been named 2023 Community Grant Partners by the Community Foundation, Santa Cruz County. You can read the full article here. We are thrilled to see these local organizations grow and expand there work and are proud to be a part of it.

Congratulations to one of our 2019 winners, Encompass – Si Se Puede!

They recently received full funding from the state for whole person Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and behavioral health care in Watsonville, for their Adult Residential Treatment Facility – which was $9.3 million.  This facility has 7 beds and can provide outpatient treatment for 106 adults. Donations from 100 Women Who Care 3 years ago kicked off their funding drive. Your dollars make a difference!

Congratulations to one of our 2022 winners, El Sistema!

El Sistema is a finalist for the 2023 Accelerator  Award from the Lewis Prize for Music. The mission of The Lewis Prize is to partner with leaders who create positive change by investing in young people through music.

Mark your calendars for the 2023 meetings:

Wednesdays:  September 13, and December 13 from 6:30-7:30.

We meet four times a year in March, June, September and December at the Museum of Art and History (MAH)’s Garden Room, located at 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz.  Come down at 5:30 and grab a bite to eat and a beverage at Abbott Square, then head to the MAH’s Garden Room at 6:30 for our one hour meeting.

Collective action ~ Empowering community.

This simple statement is the essence of 100+ Women Who Care.

Everyone is welcome! Members of the community gather 4 times per year to make a donation of $100 each to a local nonprofit organization. When these individual gifts are combined, they are amplified and become a powerful force for doing good work in our community.

Our Santa Cruz 100+ Women Who Care giving circle has already donated more than $306,000 to provide for those in greatest need in Santa Cruz County. We hope you will join us at our next meeting to see how easy and fun it is!

100 Women Who Care is for you if:

  • You don’t have time in your busy life to volunteer but have been wanting to help those in need
  • You can commit to one hour every three months
  • You want 100% of your donations to go directly to a local nonprofit
  • You want to leverage your $100 donation to become a part of a larger amount of money by joining together with other women.
  • You would like to meet other women philanthropists in Santa Cruz
  • You are looking to volunteer or join a board but are unsure which nonprofit would be a good fit. Every meeting we will feature 3 nonprofits and highlight the work of several others.  Many are just getting started and your support would make a huge impact.

Join Us!

Become a member now. Come to the meeting and be prepared to donate $100.00. Anyone who is ready to donate gets to vote for the selected nonprofit.

Are you involved with a nonprofit?

If you know of a nonprofit you would like the giving circle to consider, complete a Nomination Form.

You must be a member and attend the meeting to put a name in the hat and be prepared to speak about the organization. The organization must have 501(c)3 status.

You can donate by check or online:


Donate  on Grapevine, an online platform that supports giving circles. Join 100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz. You can elect to donate one time or quarterly. At the end of the meeting month, we will send all the money collected to the nonprofit that was selected. You will receive a receipt from Grapevine, not directly from the nonprofit, for your files.

Please Note: Grapevine charges 2.2% +$.30 for credit card processing, plus you have the option to provide a tip to Grapevine for their services. So your donation will cost a little more online.

By check:

You can always donate by check. Please make the check out directly to the nonprofit that is selected that month.

If you were unable to donate at the meeting, you can always mail your $100 check, made out to the selected nonprofit, to: Stacy McMillan, 443 Baker St., Santa Cruz, CA, 95062.