We Are Santa Monica Fund to Accept Donations for Broader Uses to Support Local Recovery, Equity and Vulnerable Residents

December 8, 2021 10:11 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — At its meeting last night, the Santa Monica City Council approved through a consent item the expansion of donation categories for the We Are Santa Monica Fund, a donor-advised fund managed by the California Community Foundation. The Fund was established in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support vulnerable residents and businesses, and to enhance equity through the Black Agenda for Santa Monica. Since September 2021, the fund has raised $1,176,521. 

In June 2021, the We Are Santa Monica Advisory Board was created to build on the success of the Fund. In keeping with the initial goals of the advisory body, an expanded set of donation categories was recommended to City Council to both meet the emerging needs of the pandemic and community-wide recovery as well as to create a strong framework for the long-term vitality of the Fund. 

“One of the bright spots of the pandemic was the open-hearted way donors came forward to support their fellow community members by donating to the We Are Santa Monica Fund,” said Mayor Sue Himmelrich. “The Fund has the potential to continue to do a tremendous amount of good in our recovery and in the longer-term future to offer a helpful boost to those who need it.” 

The expanded categories now are: 

Vibrant Local Economy  

Santa Monica for All

Healthy Neighborhoods 


Lending a Hand 


These expanded categories will now be used to evaluate funding requests from community-serving nonprofit organizations. If you are a nonprofit who would like to submit a funding application, visit www.santamonica.gov/topic-explainers/volunteer-opportunities. If you are a community member who would like to contribute to the We Are Fund, visit https://www.calfund.org/wearesantamonica/

“Anyone who is looking to make charitable contributions before the year ends is encouraged to give to the We Are Santa Monica Fund. Show your local love by bolstering community members in need this season!” said the City’s Chief Communications Officer Debbie Lee. 


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