Corporate Philanthropy Roundtable

Business Philanthropy is Making a Difference in Santa Barbara County

Many companies feel a greater sense of community but may not always be clear on how to approach corporate citizenship and nonprofit requests. The Corporate Philanthropy Roundtable was formed to engage businesses in the process of giving and resource sharing as part of a community-wide approach to business development and corporate citizenship. Members of CPR in Santa Barbara County are demonstrating that business can do well by doing good.


Warren Featherbone Company Leader Shares His Story of Giving

In Their Own Words
VIDEO - Chairman Charles "Gus" Whalen, Jr. shares
his story with the Corporate Philanthropy Roundtable.

The Corporate Philanthropy Roundtable recently invited Charles E. “Gus” Whalen, Jr., chairman of The Warren Featherbone Company, to Santa Barbara to share the unconventional journey of his family’s business from corsets to corporate giving. The master storyteller gave presentations at CPR’s business member kickoff as well as at a special event for San Marcos High School’s Entrepreneurship Academy and Kids Helping Kids Foundation, sponsored by CPR and Deckers Outdoor Corporation.

Throughout its 130-year history, The Warren Featherbone Company has adapted to changing markets and technologies in manufacturing, agriculture, banking, and publishing to positively impact multiple generations. Its diverse products have included whips, featherbone for women’s corsets, the first waterproof diaper cover, and baby apparel. “The Dakota Indians have a saying, ‘If the horse is dead, dismount,’” said Gus. “The Warren Featherbone Company has survived over all these years because on a regular basis, we asked, ‘What’s next?’ and kept looking for opportunities to adapt to changing times.” Read more...



To build avenues for Santa Barbara County businesses to generate enduring community investment strategies. CPR enhances, inspires, and honors the generosity of businesses that assist in fulfilling the needs of the nonprofit sector.

Advisory Council

Michelle Apodaca, Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Catherine Brozowski, Orfalea Foundations
Jan Campbell, Santa Barbara Foundation
Julie Capritto, AGIA Affinity Services
Marybeth Carty, Venoco, Inc.
Dave Clark, Impulse Advanced Communications
John Daly, The Key Class
Tina Fanucchi-Frontado, SB Philanthropy
Janet Garufis, Montecito Bank & Trust
Judy Hawkins, Ruby Road Leadership
Linda LeBrock, Pacific Coast Business Times
Cynder Sinclair, Nonprofit Kinect

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Bank of Santa Barbara
Cox Communications
Deckers Outdoor Corporation
JP Morgan Chase
Pacific Coast Business Times
Santa Barbara Foundation
Venoco, Inc.


AGIA Affinity Services
Citrix Online
Montecito Bank & Trust
Orfalea Foundation
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
The Towbes Group
Union Bank
Village Properties


Balance Financial Management
Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region
Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce
Impulse Advanced Communications
The Key Class
Nonprofit Kinect
Pacific Western Bank
SB Philanthropy


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