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From the President & CEO

Santa Barbara Foundation Stands With DREAMers

Today the White House unnecessarily created an uncertain, fear-filled future for 800,000 DREAMers. With empathy and enrichment at the core of our values, the Santa Barbara Foundation disagrees with this decision in the strongest of terms, and vows to support and stand with the more than 90% of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) participants who are working, attending college, serving in our military, and in so many other ways contributing to the communal and economic growth of this nation. Here in Santa Barbara County and across the nation, the United States of America is the only home DREAMers have ever known. Our reaction to the discontinuation of the DACA program, which happens to enjoy bi-partisan support, is not about politics. It is because it is an assault on human decency. Read more...

Message from the President & CEO: June 2017

For nearly ninety years the Santa Barbara Foundation has held the promise and aspirations of the communities that make up this beautiful county. From the start, we have supported efforts, programs and organizations that are in some meaningful way building vibrant communities.What are vibrant communities? They are places where every resident throughout their lifetime has the opportunity to improve themselves and their families. Read more...

From the Desk of the President & CEO: The Importance of Coming Together as Colleagues at the Partnership for Excellence Conference

Santa Barbara Foundation Barbara Foundation President & CEO Ron Gallo addresses the importance of the Partnership for Excellence Conference to the Santa Barbara County nonprofit community. He also emphasizes why this year's topic is especially meaningful to the work of the nonprofit sector and the community at large. Read more...

Message from the President & CEO: March 2017

We are excited to share our quarterly news with you. We have changed the layout to accommodate deeper story-telling, as we work harder to capture the voices of our community. It is your insights, passions and incredible work that fill these pages and we could not be more proud to showcase them. Read more...

Message from the President & CEO: January 2017

Ron Gallo, President & CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation, reflects on the 2016 election and asks the county to unite in philanthropy to bridge the divide between politics, communities and issues and, ultimately, work towards the common good.This year, our country witnessed one of the most significant and distasteful presidential elections in our nation’s history. Read more...

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