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About Us

Humboldt Sponsors is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising funds solely to benefit the youth of Humboldt County.

Humboldt Sponsors offers grants supporting educational, recreational, and cultural enrichment opportunities, as well as assisting youth-oriented programs that provide basic needs.  

Humboldt Sponsors Active Members ~ May 2019


The Grant Application Cycle is open every year in early January through early February. Grant applications are solicited from youth-related nonprofit organizations and programs based in Humboldt County. The funding requests received are carefully evaluated and awarded based on need and the criteria presented. The grant funds are designated exclusively for the youth of Humboldt County. 

Grant recipients are publicly announced and recognized at our annual Grants Reception, held in early April, at Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka.

 Since 1973, Humboldt Sponsors
has awarded more than $2,835,000
in grants that have benefited thousands of children in Humboldt County.



The organization, now known as Humboldt Sponsors, originated in 1962 as the Humboldt Circle of the Florence Crittenton Home of San Francisco, a home for unwed mothers. The group remained as such for seven years, contributing its funds exclusively to the Florence Crittenton Home. 

In 1970, the Humboldt Circle severed its connections with the Florence Crittenton Home in order to devote its energies to charitable causes in Humboldt County.

Humboldt Sponsors became officially incorporated on May 3, 1971. Initially, the group voted annually to support various other local charities.  In 1973, Humboldt Sponsors voted to use its funds solely for youth, through camperships and recreation programs. At that time, the grant awards committee, HUGS, was born and still thrives today.

In 1978, Humboldt Sponsors expanded its goals to support Humboldt County youth in the areas of education, recreation, and culture. Today, this assistance may also extend to helping support youth projects providing basic needs.


Active Members serve as officers, board members and committee chairs, and also develop fundraising projects.

Associate Members support and participate in Humboldt Sponsors many fundraising and social events throughout the year.

We also welcome Emeritus Members, Junior Members (under 18 years old) and Non-resident Members, and have recognized several individuals as Honorary Members.

A special recognition luncheon is held annually in December to honor the invaluable contributions of our Associate Members.


Humboldt Sponsors is very grateful for the support of local community-minded individuals, businesses and organizations that so generously
give of their time, money, and donations materials to help our cause.



Humboldt Sponsors grant funds are raised in a variety of ways throughout the year.

The popular annual Rummage Sale, which began in 1965, has historically been our primary fundraiser. After much thought and careful consideration, Humboldt Sponsors decided to hold its final rummage sale in October 2022, after a successful 55-year run (with a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic). 

Our Active Members are in the process of planning new and exciting fundraising events that will be equally successful in raising funds for local kids.

Humboldt Sponsors offers a variety of other fundraising and social events throughout the year. These projects have included:
~ Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show
~ Margaritas by Moonlight and Boots & Bandanas summer fundraisers
~ Mardi Gras "FunRaiser"
~ Holiday Luncheon & Associate Members' Recognition

Newer events include:
~ "A Night under the Stars" Summer Fundraiser at Septentrio Winery
~ "Kids are Winners!" Drive-Thru Chicken Dinner Fundraiser 
Crabs Ball Game "Picnic in the Park" BBQ for Active Members & guests.

During the pandemic, Humboldt Sponsors learned to quickly pivot from its traditional fundraising efforts.

In 2020, Humboldt Sponsors instituted a direct-mail fundraiser, "For the Kids of Humboldt," as well as "Merry, Merry Christmas Cheer," a virtual online holiday auction fundraiser. These were followed in 2021 by our Spring Furniture & Home Décor online auction, and in the fall with another successful holiday online auction, "Welcome the Holidays."

Another annual fundraising effort has been our Project Private Enterprise, or PPE. This is an individual creative endeavor by Active Members to raise money each year for Humboldt Sponsors. Associate members are always encouraged to create their own individual fundraising projects. 

Personal donations, and memorial and honorarium contributions are valuable fundraising sources that are deeply appreciated.