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As a locally owned and headquartered bank, we carry a deep sense of responsibility when it comes to the development and economic health of our communities. The Board, management, and staff of Lighthouse Bank are dedicated to providing support and assistance to organizations that help make a difference in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.

Members of the Lighthouse Bank family actively participate in our community in a variety of ways. We are involved with numerous non-profit organizations, participate at many fundraising events, and donate our time volunteering for charitable organizations and in the schools. It is important to us that the organizations we support make a difference in the quality of life in the communities that we serve.

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Our Key Funding Priorities

Youth & Education

We support programs that ensure a good education and improve the health and safety of children and young adults. 

The Arts

We encourage community-based arts organizations that add diversity and culture in. 

Community Development

Organizations that promote wellness and stability, particularly in regard to benefiting low-to-moderate income individuals, seniors and minorities. 

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Eligible organizations must be non-profit, tax-exempt as defined in section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue code, a public service organization or institution, or a not-for-profit organization. Political and religious organizations are eligible when they are providing a needed social service. Based on the number of requests we receive, each qualified request will be evaluated on the bank’s key funding priorities as outlined above; the overall community benefit; and the relationship to the bank or bank representative. With limited funds, Lighthouse Bank clients will be given priority. 

Additional Opportunities

In-Kind Donations – Lighthouse Bank makes in kind donations to non-profit organizations. Requests should be sent in writing with and outline of items being requested and a description of where and when they will be distributed; or how they will be used.

Volunteers – Lighthouse Bank staff members are in the community participating and volunteering for many worthy projects. If your organization could benefit from our volunteers, send us a letter describing your organization and the assistance you need.

How to Apply

Please send us a signed and completed application. Applicants may also submit a cover letter and pertinent organization or program material. If necessary, we will request additional specific information from the applicant. Please submit request no later than 60 days preceding the event.

Send competed applications to:

Lighthouse Bank
Attn: Brianna Carabba
PO Box 8317
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-8317 

You may also fill out our online form, and a representative will be in touch.

Apply Online

Organizations We Support

Below is a list of some of the local organizations which Lighthouse Bank, our Directors and Employees have generously supported.

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Aptos Sports Foundation
  • Balance4Kids
  • Baymonte School
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Big Stick Surfing Association
  • BirchBark Foundation
  • Bonny Doon Community School Foundation
  • Boomerang Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz
  • Cabrillo College Foundation
  • California State Parks Foundation
  • CASA
  • Clean Oceans Project
  • Coastanoa Commons
  • Community Bridges
  • Community Housing Land Trust
  • Community Life Services
  • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
  • Dientes
  • DigitalNEST
  • Dominican Hospital Foundation
  • Ecology Action
  • Family Service Agency of the Central Coast
  • Freedom Rotary Foundation
  • Friends of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation
  • Gateway School
  • GhostRyders Watermens Club
  • Grey Bears
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Happy Valley Elementary School
  • Harbor High School
  • Health Improvement Partnership
  • Helping Hands
  • Homeless Garden Project
  • Homeless Services Center
  • Hope Services
  • Hospice of Santa Cruz County
  • Human Care Alliance
  • Imagine Supported Living Service
  • Jacob’s Heart
  • Janus of Santa Cruz
  • Kids on Broadway
  • Kuumbwa Jazz Center
  • LEO's Haven
  • Life Lab Science Program
  • Long Marine Lab
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Monte Foundation
  • Mount Madonna School
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • MAH @ the McPherson Center
  • National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  • Organic Farming Research
  • Pacific Collegiate School
  • Pajaro Valley Chamber
  • Salvation Army Santa Cruz Corps
  • Sanctuary Exploration Center
  • Santa Cruz City Youth Soccer Club
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association
  • Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation
  • Santa Cruz County Soccer Fund
  • Santa Cruz County Symphony Association
  • Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Santa Cruz Gals Softball
  • Santa Cruz G-Ball
  • Santa Cruz Little League
  • Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary
  • Santa Clara Rotary Foundation
  • Save our Shores
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Senior Citizens Legal Services
  • Tannery Arts Center
  • United Way of Santa Cruz County
  • Vine Hill Elementary School
  • Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Volunteer Centers of Santa Cruz County
  • Walnut Avenue Women & Family Center
  • Youth for Environmental Sanity

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It's fun to go to Lighthouse Bank! We're appreciated as individuals and as members of our shared community. We were happy to partner with them via a loan to solar power our business.

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Discretion Brewing

Banking with Lighthouse allows us to spend more time running our business and less time making trips to the bank!

Mary Ann & Mark Escobar
Escobar Diamonds

Lighthouse Bank’s focus on exceptional service is impressive! They understand my needs and continually deliver ultra-responsive service.

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Pahl & McCay

Lighthouse Bank isn’t just a bank. They really care about every customer who walks in the door, from greeting you by name, to finding the right solution to your banking needs, and supporting small businesses.

Carrie Clark & Sebastian Manjon
ViDA Juice

We love them so much we decided to open personal accounts as well!

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We couldn’t have asked for a better partner to start a new business! Lighthouse Bank’s SBA lending program has helped us turn our dream into a reality.

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