The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation (SCMWEF) is the charitable umbrella under which Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA) conducts philanthropic work. SCMWEF exemplifies a commitment to excellence in winemaking; commitment to education; and fundraising for the future. The goal is to invest deeply in areas of children’s education and health research to create a positive impact in local communities.

Our foundation was launched at the beginning of 2017 to work with community-based organizations to provide resources and support to benefit educational and research programs in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties. The SCMWEF bridges the gap between existing SCMWA programs and the individuals who should benefit from them in the areas of education and research. The Santa Cruz Mountains Wine region is at the heart of technology and innovation. Our maverick winemakers pair well with the social innovators of the Silicon Valley, the reason we made the Silicon Valley Wine Auction our Foundation’s premier fundraising event – which has raised approximately $1.5 million in the last two years. For more event info go to: www.siliconvalleywineauction.org

The primary benefactor of Silicon Valley Wine Auction 2017 is the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) which drives scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) providing innovative academic programs. Since 2015, SCMWA and SVEF have partnered to present the Silicon Valley Wine Auction, in support of STEM education. In 2009, the US Department of Labor listed eight STEM careers out of the top ten most highly needed occupations (accounting, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information sciences and systems, computer engineering, civil engineering, and economics and finance) in the near future. The 2016 Silicon Valley Wine Auction drew more than 1,000 guests and raised over $700,000 to benefit SVEF’s STEM education programs.