About the Santa Cruz Community Foundation

Who we are

An affiliate of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, The Santa Cruz Community Foundation (SCCF) is a permanent charitable resource that was founded in 2001 by area residents to empower their community to invest in itself.

The foundation assists Santa Cruz County  to prepare for the future by strengthening the community, through local scholarships,  grants, training and nonprofits (NPOs). There is a diverse set of NPOs on the border ranging from job training programs, community centers, boys and girls clubs, arts groups, environmental restoration, agriculture, indigenous arts and culture, humane societies, libraries, children’s homes, domestic violence abuse programs, migrant shelters and soup kitchens that exist to alleviate the many inequalities and social and economic problems of the region.



Southern Arizona is stricken by the news a high number of migrant children, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, have been transported from South Texas to Arizona by plane, and then taken by bus to the U.S. Border Patrol Station in Nogales.

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is committed to help address the needs of these children as the situation is addressed. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality.  Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through:

  • Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants
  • Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border
  • Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.

If you are interested in contributing to the Kino Border Initiative, please visit www.kinoborderinitiative.org