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 2015 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.

The Silicon Valley Wine Auction showcases the diversity of the valley – from a long and storied history in making local wine to social and business ethos that champions world class education. Now in its 5th successful year, the Silicon Valley Wine Auction has raised over $2.5M to support innovative programs, initiatives, and activities benefiting children in our community.

The 2019 beneficiaries of the Silicon Valley Wine Auction are the Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s Elevate [Math], a result-driven program to bring a new clarity and confidence to kids who’ve been drowning in math class and the Oxford Day Academy, a charter school for students who’ve fallen three or four grades behind in East Palo Alto schools.