Pouring Wisdom into the Community. Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation.

With every gift, you’re extending the reach of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers’ philanthropy. The education foundation is investing deeply in children’s education, because that’s the surest way to uplift the Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Mateo communities. Vintners are pioneers, skilled at cultivating delicate vines under even the toughest circumstances. Now they’re bringing that grit and commitment to the larger culture, finding innovative solutions to the challenges of tomorrow.


Silicon Valley Education Foundation

This results-driven program brings new math understanding and confidence to students who’ve been drowning in math class. Your gift gets results: A 2015 study found Elevate [Math] to have 2x the impact as compared to other math intervention programs. Not only does the curriculum, established by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), sharpen skills, decrease math anxiety, and build positive mindsets, it exposes 3rd-10th grade students from low-income families to careers that require and reward math skills.

Rural Teachers for the 21st Century
Oxford Teachers Academy

Help scale innovations piloted at Oxford Day Academy to other schools in underserved communities across the US, particularly those in forgotten rural communities. Roughly the same number of students are in urban as in rural schools, and they face many of the same barriers to academic success; despite this, roughly 90% of education reform funding has flowed into urban communities. The Oxford Teachers Academy catalyzes rural education reform by training rural residents in the best practices developed at Oxford Day Academy as they become credentialed, lifelong teachers for their local community.


The Premier Wine Auction of the Silicon Valley

Launched in 2015 by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation, the Silicon Valley Wine Auction showcases the diversity of the valley – from a long storied history of pioneering vintners making local wine – to a social innovation ethos that champions transformative education. Now in its 5th successful year, the Silicon Valley Wine Auction has raised over $3.7 M to support innovative programs, initiatives, and activities benefiting children in our community.

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Mark Vernon, President
Ridge Vineyards

Ellie Patterson, Treasurer
Mount Eden Vineyards

Kristi Markkula Bowers
Kings Mountain Vineyard

John Couch
Eden Estates

Tommy Fogarty
Thomas Fogarty Winery

Christina Pirzada



Silicon Valley Wine Auction event sponsors will enjoy extensive event publicity and recognition in the community. Each level of table sponsorship comes with many benefits, including tickets to the event, media coverage, and ad placements in the official program book. For more information and to purchase a table of ten contact:

Megan Metz, megan@scmwef.org
Phone: 831-685-8463




For more information, contact

Executive Director
Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation

335 Spreckels Dr. Suite B
Aptos, CA 95003
(c) 415-728-8647 (best)
(o) 831-685-8463