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Over the last two decades, individuals, agencies and organizations have made significant advances in addressing global challenges including gender equality, hunger reduction, health equity and many others, to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world. While we have made so much progress, we also know that we have so much more to do. We know that we can do better – for our communities, for our nation and for our world.

At the Santa Barbara Foundation, we believe that, together, we can do better and we know that doing better starts at home.

Since 1928, the Santa Barbara Foundation has been dedicated to doing good for our community. We have acted as a vital supporter of community organizations and efforts, in everything from arts and culture to basic needs. Nonprofit organizations and community projects across Santa Barbara County have benefited from the support of the Santa Barbara Foundation and our generous donors.

Still, even with such significant progress, we know that we can do better. That is why we started a strategic planning process at the beginning of 2017 and asked all of you how the Santa Barbara Foundation can have a greater impact on our community’s most pressing issues. We learned that we can do more to be a leader of change in Santa Barbara County. 

As we prepare for the launch and unveiling of our strategic plan for a new Santa Barbara Foundation in April 2018, we want you to know that we are committed to our communities. We are committed to doing better. And, we are committed to you.

Together, we can make a real difference in our local community and inspire change on an even broader level.

This is exactly why we want to hear from you. How do you think we can #dobetter for our community?



For more information about the Santa Barbara Foundation’s strategic planning process, please contact Barbara Andersen, Chief Strategy Officer, at To stay informed about the ways that the Santa Barbara Foundation plans to do better, we encourage to sign up for our newsletter.




What are the Issues?

Each week, the Santa Barbara Foundation will highlight a challenging issue confronting the Santa Barbara County community and discuss nonprofits, businesses and individuals that have committed to doing good work within the issue with the knowledge that, together, we can do better.

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Community Conversations

We admire our community members. Here, we celebrate the good work of individuals throughout the county and honor their commitment to our community.

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