Human Race

Human Race Online Giving Campaign- On Pause for 2021

Nothing embodies the power and joy of connecting our community for good like the Human Race Giving Campaign!

Each February it begins with the kick-off of a small group of determined and hopeful dreamers who come together across business, schools, faith, neighborhoods, service clubs and nonprofits to unveil a new look and theme for artwork, posters and t-shirts.

The steady gathering of momentum continues as volunteers, companies, fundraisers and donors annually work their magic to tap into the incredible generosity of our community. It culminates with the joy of standing together in the early morning, over coffee and breakfast, running, walking, rolling and dancing along the coast for the good of our beloved community–lingering after lunch to visit a booth, pet a puppy or listen to great music.

There is nothing quite like looking across that sea of happy faces of all ages, from all walks of life, promoting so many great causes and adorned in their Human Race t-shirt.

After a careful reflection by our team and board, we have determined that any Human Race we might put together this year would not be worthy of the name, the incredible history and the place that this event holds in the hearts and minds of the thousands of volunteers, fundraisers and donors who participate year after year.

One year into the pandemic, there is a weariness with virtual events, and we cannot ignore that there is a critical need to shift sponsor investment towards immediate community needs.

We will not hold a Human Race in 2021 –We see this as a simple one year pause while we focus on restoring the health of our community. We look forward to gathering again in 2022. 

       Did you join us for Keep the Lights On Santa Cruz County in 2020?

On #GivingTuesdayNow 2020 we premiered Keep the Lights On Santa Cruz County, an online gathering to uplift and inspire our community to action while sheltering in place. Local leaders, athletes, and musicians helped launch us into the Human Race homestretch with entertainment and calls to action.

Missed it?- You can still watch this fabulous event on our YouTube channel.

What is the Human Race?

 The Human Race is a nationwide community giving campaign for nonprofit organizations, schools, and faith-based organizations. The Santa Cruz County Race features a 6-week online fundraising campaign that traditionally culminates in a celebratory five-mile walk and fun run along beautiful West Cliff Drive.

Participating Agencies- Why fundraise with the Human Race?

A fun, fast & easy online way to raise money for your nonprofit, school, or agency.

It is the largest collaborative community fundraiser in Santa Cruz County, having raised over $1 million for community groups in the past 5 years. Participating nonprofits, schools, and churches raise funds to help meet the educational, environmental, social, and creative needs of our community.

With 40 years of experience, we’ve taken the guesswork out of fundraising and we are prepared to help you virtually get to your fundraising finish line. We have moved all of our training to online webinars as we work towards keeping our community safe and we have all the online tools you need for success.

Are you ready to fundraise for change with your community?

This is one fabulous community event you don't want to miss. It's your chance to join with the change-makers in our community, give where you live, and have fun doing it! Choose between making a one-time donation or fundraising for your favorite cause.


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