Business Giving Roundtable

Many companies feel a greater sense of community but may not always be clear on how to approach corporate citizenship and nonprofit requests. The Business Giving Roundtable (formerly 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 BGR in Santa Barbara County are demonstrating that business can do well by doing good.


Tina Takaya and Richard Yates, Opal Restaurant & Bar; Kathryn Graham, C'est Cheese Santa Barbara; Meichelle Arntz, Recipes Organic Bakery.

Santa Barbara Entrepreneurs Share Recipes for Giving Success

Four entrepreneurs recently shared how they infuse philanthropy into their business models at a forum presented by the Business Giving Roundtable of Santa Barbara County. "A Taste of Giving: Entrepreneurs in Philanthropy" featured owners from Recipes Organic Bakery, C'est Cheese Santa Barbara, and Opal Restaurant & Bar.

"Nobody succeeds in business all by yourself or in a vacuum. When you receive from the community, it's also important to give back," said Richard Yates, co-owner of Opal Restaurant & Bar. "And giving can be a form of advertising for your business. People tend to have a stronger affinity for your business if they see that you’re giving of your time, energy and resources." Read more...



To build avenues for Santa Barbara County businesses to generate enduring community investment strategies. BGR 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
Jan Campbell, Santa Barbara Foundation
Julie Capritto, AGIA Affinity Services
Marybeth Carty, Venoco, Inc.
Dave Clark, Impulse Advanced Communications
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

For more information on BGR membership, please contact Ashley Butler at (805) 963-1873 or


Aera Energy
The Bank of Santa Barbara
Deckers Outdoor Corporation
JP Morgan Chase
Orfalea Foundation
Pacific Coast Business Times
Santa Barbara Foundation


AGIA Affinity Services
Citrix Online
Cox Communications
Montecito Bank & Trust
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
The Towbes Group
Union Bank
Venoco, Inc.
Village Properties


AmeriFlex Financial Services
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


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To join the Business Giving Roundtable, please complete a membership profile and pay your dues.


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