By Giive staff
Santa Monicans may lay on three miles of pristine beaches, but they don’t lay there without a care in the world. In fact, there are hundreds of nonprofits that call the city by the sea home. So does Giive, which celebrates the very best of them.
More than 200 Giive Recognized Nonprofits — those that contribute 70 percent of funding to their causes — raised well over a quarter of billion dollars for their local causes, according to the most current IRS Form 990EZ. That’s a lot of Hot Dogs on a Stick. Especially for a city with less than 100,000 people.
Giive nonprofits fall under one of seven cause types: Activism, animals, arts, community, education, environment and health. In Santa Monica, Education nonprofits led the pack (raising a whopping $98 million in donations), followed by Community ($77M) and Health ($75M) nonprofits, respectively. (see infographic)
How do you know if your favorite local nonprofit is among the very best? We’ve compiled them all in the Giive Directory, where volunteers and donors can find vetted organizations that serve the causes that matter most to them. At Giive, we support passion. We equip our volunteers and donors with the knowledge to make discerning choices of where to offer their valuable time and hard-earned money.
The Giive Directory also includes Emerging Nonprofits — those that are less than two years old and striving to meet our 70-percent benchmark. By holding nonprofits to a higher standard, we take the guesswork out of giving for donors and volunteers alike.
Because giving to an amazing Santa Monica nonprofit should be simpler than choosing the right kumquat at the Farmers Market.