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As one of the largest private sources of funding for area nonprofits, agencies, and college bound students, the foundation makes funds available to identify and strategically address critical community issues – to strengthen the nonprofit sector, to encourage collaboration and partnerships, and to engage and align philanthropic capital with community needs in order to positively impact the county’s common good. On this page, you will find all of the latest news about what the foundation is doing in our many communities in Santa Barbara County.

 

Measuring What Matters

Evaluation. It is almost guaranteed that every nonprofit executive director or program officer who started to read this article just groaned after reading that word. Why has there been so much emphasis on evaluation lately? Is it just another annoying burden that funders are placing on already resource-strapped nonprofits? What does evaluation even mean? More importantly, why does it matter? Read more...

 

Introducing Millennials to Santa Barbara County's Charitable Giving

It was a rather routine visit to a local music store with his “Little” from Big Brothers Big Sisters, Santa Barbara County that changed the way that Phillip Gilley thought about philanthropy. Gilley, a 23-year-old at the time, was seeking a way to make a meaningful connection with his “Little” by sharing his passion for the guitar. Co-founder Roderick Hare, a big Brother himself years earlier, had also experienced the transformative power of music to connect. Read more...

Conspiring for Change for the Next Generation of Leaders

During their first meeting of Leading from Within’s Emerging Leaders program, Patricia Solorio, Executive Director of Central Coast Future Leaders, Inc. (CCFL), and Eder Gaona-Macedo, Executive Director of Future Leaders of America, Inc. (FLA), joked that Ken Saxon, Founder and President of Leading from Within, had conspired for their mutual participation. As they talked, they not only got reacquainted – Solorio fondly reminisced on when Gaona-Macedo was a youth participant in the programs that they are now leading. Read more...

 

Central Coast Climate Collaborative Panel Focuses on Carbon Farming

On August 23, the inaugural 2017 Central Coast Climate Collaborative (CCCC) Summit was held in San Luis Obispo. The event brought together community leaders throughout six Central Coast counties – Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura – to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, build coordinated climate resilience for the Central Coast and to highlight shared challenges, promising solutions and successful regional adaptation approaches. Read more...

Lessons Learned from #AskSBF Drop-in Hours

#AskSBF Drop-in Hours provide nonprofit personnel the opportunity to “drop in” without an appointment to ask detailed questions to the Community Investment Officer for a grant program and receive technical assistance on submitting grant applications. Now that we are half way through 2017, we thought it would be beneficial to reach out to the nonprofits that have participated in #AskSBF Drop-In Hours to learn how we can improve them. Here is some of the feedback we received so far, but we want to hear from you! Read more...

 

 

That's Art and Culture? The Creative Communities Project

Every time Dennis Smitherman, Vice President of the Santa Maria Arts Council, walks into a Creative Communities Project meeting, he is surprised. At the last meeting, he was surprised to see someone from Ganna Walska Lotusland attend to share challenges the garden is facing. At the meeting before that, he was surprised to see an Orcutt winery owner attend to learn more about the project. Each time, he expects a project titled “Creative Communities” to be a meeting filled only with individuals from arts organizations. Read more...

 

Strengthening Community in the Tradition of Santa Barbara's Fiesta

When Barbara Carroll was young, she was a flower girl in Fiesta Santa Barbara. As she danced and twirled about in parades and gave out flowers during the 8-day long festival, she had no idea how big a role Fiesta would play in her life. After her time as a flower girl, Carroll went on to become a parade announcer and volunteer on the Board of Old Spanish Days, the nonprofit that produces Fiesta. Read more...

 

Community Conversations: An Interview with
Ben Romo, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Barbara County

In the latest of our Community Conservations series, Jordan Killebrew, Communications Officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation, sat down with Ben Romo, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Barbara County to learn about his passion for podcasts, the outdoors, educating our youth and so many of the other things that he contributes to Santa Barbara County. Read more...

 

Remembering Where We Started: The Conservation Blueprint

Chet Work, Executive Director for the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, remembers the early days of the Conservation Blueprint. He remembers when the interested community members toured each other’s ranches, farms and preserves across the county to build a shared understanding of what is valuable in our county. He remembers being amazed that such a seemingly diverse group of individuals could learn that they have so many similar interests. Read more...

 

Community Conversations: Puppets in Paradise, a very Solstice Interview with Robby Robbins

Bursting with morphic Styrofoam creations, bright colors, and the sounds of construction, you cannot help but notice the flurry of activity inside The Community Arts Workshop (CAW) located on the 600 block of Garden Street in Santa Barbara, California. The Solstice Workshop lives here and inside these walls community members from all walks of life become artists, architects, and engineers. Together they toil to create puppets, floats, and other works of art for the Summer Solstice parade.  Read more...

 

Nonprofit Excellence Spotlight: The Fund for Santa Barbara

Founded in 1980 by a group of Santa Barbara-based community organizers, activists and philanthropists, the Fund for Santa Barbara supports organizations working for progressive social change in Santa Barbara County. In addition to its local grant-making program, the Fund is well known for offering technical assistance in the areas of organizational development, fundraising, community organizing, media strategy, lobbying and advocacy to over 200 community groups each year. Read more...

 

Strengthening Collaboration with the Promotoras to Build a Happier, Healthier Caregiving Community

The mother of an adult with a developmental disability, a wife of a husband with cancer and daughter of an 87-year-old mother who needs assistance, Georgene Lowe, the Coordinator of the Health Linkages Program at the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO), is a caregiver. However, Lowe, like many other caregivers, did not always self-identify as a caregiver because of the general lack of awareness about what it means to be one. Read more...

 

First Community Food Access Center Kick-off Celebrates Building a Healthier Future

Sounds of people chopping vegetables, crunching tortilla chips and clanging pans filled El Camino Community Center in Lompoc on May 24 as dozens gathered around to learn how to make a healthy salad during the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s kick-off event for its first Community Food Access Center. Supported by the Santa Barbara Foundation, this Food Access Center is one of the Foodbank’s newest initiatives that aligns with the goals of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan. Read more...

 

The Lasting Legacy of Music

Walking down State Street in 1998, Roderick Hare was not expecting to run into his high school choir teacher, Phyllis Zimmerman. At first, she did not recognize him, but when he said his name and she said, “Oh, that voice,” he felt 10-feet tall again. Zimmerman had retired as a teacher, but she had started an a cappella nonprofit choir called Canticle. Shortly after their chance meeting, Hare found himself as Chair of the Board. Read more...

 

Supporting and Empowering Women in Philanthropy

Women are responsible for 86% of household’s consumer purchasing decisions. Women control 51% of personal wealth in the United States. Women are primary breadwinners in 40% of households and hold almost 52% of all management and professional level jobs. With percentages like these only increasing, women are not just a niche market - they are the market.This growing transfer of wealth from men to women is exactly why women’s philanthropy is important to the future of philanthropy, and the Santa Barbara Foundation is proud to be at the forefront of empowering women to make a difference. Read more...

 

CEO of the Santa Barbara Zoo Richard Block's "Little Things"

Rich Block, CEO of the Santa Barbara Zoo, joined the Santa Barbara Foundation in Santa Maria for its Breakfast Club series on April 5 to discuss how to sustain fruitful donor relationships by paying attention to what he calls “the little things.” Read more...

 

Santa Ynez Valley's Very Own, Guy Walker

Driving north on Highway 154, you travel through oak-dotted hills and descend into a lush, green basin known as the Santa Ynez Valley. You are ushered into the old town of Santa Ynez by a gentle wind that creates designs in the tall grass lining the side of the road. On Sagunto Street, a small adobe office is home to Guy Walker of Wealth Management Strategies where he and his wife Molly greet guests like dear friends. It is clear that Walker is a man bursting to share his pride and passion for the Santa Ynez Valley, and especially the Endowment for Youth Committee. Read more...

 

Nonprofit Excellence Spotlight: Nonprofit Resource Network (NPRN)

Offering headlines such as, “Hundreds of Central Coast Students and Educators Participate in Global Entrepreneurship Summit,” “April 12 Luncheon to Remember World War I Centennial” and “Recruiting AmeriCorps Members,” the news on the Santa Barbara County’s Nonprofit Resource Network (NPRN) may not be the typical news you would see in the Santa Barbara Independent, Noozhawk or The New York Times. That is because NPRN is not your typical media site. Read more...

 

In Memoriam: Michael Towbes

Known for his keen mind, savvy business sense and big heart, Michael Towbes is remembered as one of the most influential real estate developers, bankers and philanthropists in Santa Barbara County. While Towbes’ generosity and influence will have a long-lasting impact on the community, his ability to lead and inspire others, even in the smallest ways, will be most celebrated in his legacy at the Santa Barbara Foundation. Read more...

 

How to Keep Our Community Investments Team Jumping for Joy (AKA How to Strengthen Your Grant Application)

We love our nonprofits. You are the reason we get up in the morning, skip down the foundation hallways bursting in song and read grant applications as if they are award-winning novels. You are our light, our pride, our joy and the most rewarding part of our work. However, that being said, we thought that maybe, just maybe, it would be helpful to provide all of you awesome nonprofits with a list of ways to keep our community investments team jumping for joy while also strengthening your grant application. Read more...

 

Nonprofit Excellence Spotlight: Leading From Within

On a sunny day in late February, State Assemblymember Monique Limón and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Environmental Council Sigrid Wright sat in the grass at Ted Chamberlin’s ranch in Los Olivos. Brought together that day to talk about innovations in carbon farming, this is not the first time the two had crossed paths. In addition to sharing a passion for Santa Barbara County, they both believe in personal leadership development and are alumnae of programs of Leading From Within. Read more...

 

 

Digging Deep Into the Self: A Chat on the Impacts of Quantified Self With Rajiv Mehta and Gary Wolf

Rajiv Mehta, Founder & CEO of Atlas of Caregiving, and Gary Wolf, Founder & Director of Quantified Self, teamed up to define and explain the concept of the “quantified self” and how it will be used to help achieve the goals of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Community Caregiving Initiative. For a firsthand look at this fascinating tool, come to the April 25 event “Discovery the Quantified Self” in downtown Santa Barbara or contact Phylene Wiggins, Senior Director of Community Investments, at pwiggins@sbfoundation.org. Read more...

 

Serving Those Who Have Served: Introducing the Santa Barbara County Veterans Assessment Project

“I pledge allegiance, to the Flag, of the United States of America,” vowed over 70 veterans, policymakers, service providers and community members at the Santa Barbara Foundation’s convening of Santa Barbara County Stakeholders in Veterans’ Wellness, “Serving Those Who Have Served,” on March 20 in Solvang. The purpose of the convening was to introduce the Santa Barbara County Veterans Assessment Project to important stakeholders and ask for feedback, input and suggestions on the process and methodology to better serve the needs of veterans in Santa Barbara County. Read more...

 

 

Peter Karoff: In Memoriam

Peter Karoff was known in Santa Barbara and nationally for his lifelong passion for philanthropy and his gentle way of leading and inspiring others to build a better more connected society. He is remembered as a thoughtful, spiritual and generous man who always brought a helpful, unique and tactful perspective to every situation. Read more...

 

Dancing with the Lompoc Stars

The Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau hosted their first ever “Dancing with the Stars” event on March 4th to benefit local charities. Five local celebrities were paired up with three local dance studios that offered professional instruction to the dancers leading up to the event. Each dancer selected a nonprofit that would benefit from their participation. Read more...

 

 

Community Conversations: An Interview with Jason Dominguez, Santa Barbara's First District City Councilmember

It’s a crisp Wednesday morning. The sun is shining without a cloud in the sky. Quite the contrast to some of the recent brutal winter storms that elected officials like Jason Dominguez, Santa Barbara City Councilmember of district one, had to respond to in years. Between closures at Santa Barbara Airport, falling historic trees, and emergency flooding throughout the city, Dominguez still found the time to sit down with Santa Barbara Foundation Communications Officer, Jordan Killebrew, to talk about his passion for the community. Read more...

 

Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint Prepares for Launch with Public Input Meetings in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria

The Santa Barbara Foundation LEAF Initiative joined the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and the Cachuma Resource Conservation District, along with other community partners, to develop the Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint. The Blueprint will be the first comprehensive compilation of the natural resource and land assets in the county designed to inform conversations about the future of the region and transform how to approach conservation and development in the future. 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...

 

Santa Barbara County High School Students Celebrate Maya Angelou in Endowment for Youth Committee Black History Month Competition

On February 24, the Endowment for Youth Committee’s Black History Month Celebration presented its Tribute to Maya Angelou with an event at Center Stage Theatre in Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center in Santa Barbara. This event marked the last of three celebrations to commemorate Black History Month. The Tribute to Maya Angelou was a competition among Santa Barbara County high school students to recite poems written by the American poet.Read more...

 

 

Santa Barbara Foundation Invest $600,000 in Community Caregiving Initiative to Support Research and Innovation

The Santa Barbara Foundation awarded close to $600,000 in grants to advance research and innovation among partner organizations of the Community Caregiving Initiative (CCI). These organizations include the Atlas of Caregiving, Alzheimer’s Association – Central California Chapter, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Family Service Agency, Foundation for Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority (for the Santa Barbara County Coalition in Support of Promotores de Salud), Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization, and the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation. Read more...

 

What is Nonprofit Excellence? A Conversation with Director of Grantmaking & Nonprofit Excellence, Amy Schneider

The Santa Barbara Foundation's Director of Grantmaking and Nonprofit Excellence, Amy Schneider, answers questions about the Nonprofit Excellence program and how it supports the community. She discusses the efforts of the foundation's community partners leading Nonprofit Excellence and explains some of the other ways that the Santa Barbara Foundation supports nonprofits. Read more...

 

 

Santa Barbara Foundation Receives Record Number of Gifts in 2016

The Santa Barbara Foundation received $33.47 million in gifts designated by donors to specific charitable causes last year – the highest amount of restricted gifts that the foundation has received within the past five years. This $33.47 million makes up the bulk of the foundation’s total contributions of $34.08 million. Read more...

 

The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation Reaches Beyond the Stage with Educational Outreach Initiatives

The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation leads many initiatives and projects in the community to foster artistic expression, culture and collaboration, specifically among youth. The Santa Barbara Foundation recently awarded a capital grant to the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and both organizations hope to work together in the future to strengthen the arts in Santa Barbara County.
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Santa Barbara Foundation Commits to Renewing
Grant Opportunities in 2017

In 2017, the Santa Barbara Foundation will continue eight of the nine grant programs it offered in 2016. These grant programs include Express Grants, William and Lottie Daniel Fund Child Care Scholarships, Core Support for Basic Needs Grants, Capital Improvement Grants, Early Care and Education Grants, Blood Research and Education Grants, LEAF Grants and Family Caregiver System and Support Grants. Read more...

 

 

Santa Barbara Foundation New Year's Resolutions

Although we do not know what personal joys, challenges and opportunities 2017 will bring, the staff of the Santa Barbara Foundation is excited for the year ahead and the work that will continue on through our community grant programs and initiatives. Thank you for helping us have such a successful 2016 and cheers to working together for an even better 2017. Happy New Year!
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Santa Barbara Foundation Uses Accelerator Fund to
Increase Equity and Access in Education

The Santa Barbara Foundation initiated the Accelerator Fund to increase investment in Santa Barbara County by providing substantial financial resources for critical opportunities in solving community challenges. The vision was to use a portion of the funds from unrestricted bequests to focus on facilitating idea-generation and innovation in a flexible and adaptable way that could lead to an accelerated level of investment. In 2016, the foundation received 25 Letters of Inquiry that ranged from building integrated health networks to increasing equity and access in education, as well as improving infrastructure to expand services. Read more...

 

Polly Firestone Walker: Santa Barbara County's
"Leading Lady" in Philanthropy

One moment as Mrs. Bennett fretting over her daughters in Pride and Prejudice and the next playing the queen of fairies in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Polly Firestone Walker’s passion for theater is evident in her performances and in every class she teaches as a Resident Artist of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA). For Firestone Walker, theater is much like philanthropy. Just as theater is about the joy of storytelling, creation and connection, philanthropy is about bringing people together through stories and ideas to make the world a little brighter. This is exactly why Firestone Walker is not only passionate about theater, but as a philanthropic leader strives to consistently give back to Santa Barbara County. Read more...

 

 

Ojai Women's Fund Awards $60K in Community Grants at Inaugural Year

The Ojai Women’s Fund (OWF) celebrated the culmination of a year of collective philanthropy with the distribution of $60,000 in grants to six nonprofit organizations in the Ojai Valley. Over 100 members of the fund, together with friends and supporters, attended the program at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ojai in early December. The OWF awarded a $10,000 grant to organizations in each of five categories: Arts, Education, Environment, Healthcare and Social Services. Read more...

 

Santa Barbara Foundation Awards Nearly $400,000 in Capital Improvement Grants in 2016

The Santa Barbara Foundation awarded $122,000 to 17 organizations in the third and last cycle of small Capital Improvement Grants this year. Of the $754,000 requested this year, the foundation awarded close to $400,000 to support 47 organizations in the areas of technology, transportation, program specific improvements and facility upgrades to help organizations across sectors improve effectiveness and efficiency. Read more...

 

LEAF Initiative Builds Momentum in 2016 with Achievement of Project Milestones and Small Grants

Launched in 2015, the LEAF Initiative seeks to strengthen community resilience by preserving and enhancing the landscapes and ecosystems that sustain nature, human health and well-being, and our economy. LEAF's two foundational projects, the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan and the Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint, are complemented by its small grant program, which help build capacity for future project successes in 2017. Read more...

 

Giving: Defining a 6-Letter Word With 7 Ways to Maximize It

Regardless of how you give, the Santa Barbara Foundation can help you do it effectively, which is why we compiled a list of seven ways you can make the most of your end-of-year giving and even get a little back to yourself. Read more...

 

President & CEO Ron Gallo Shares "Learnings" from the League of California Community Foundations

Santa Barbara Foundation President & CEO Ron Gallo was recently elected by his colleagues as the new president of the League of California Community Foundations (LCCF). In this Q&A, he reflects on how LCCF helps the Santa Barbara Foundation better serve the community and how the Santa Barbara Foundation can continue work through LCCF to increase capacity for good will across the state. Read more...

 

Santa Barbara Harvest Philanthropy, Community and Gratitude
This Thanksgiving

If you could describe Thanksgiving in one word, what would you say? Turkey? Tradition? Family? With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to forget what Thanksgiving is really about: Gratitude. This is exactly why the Santa Barbara Foundation is taking the time express our gratitude to the nonprofits, donors and community partners that not only make our work possible, but give it meaning. Read more...

 

Reflections on the 2016 Election From President & CEO Ron Gallo

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.
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It Takes a Village to Create a Village

Rona Barrett’s vision became reality on Friday, October 28 when she officiated the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the Golden Inn and Village in Santa Ynez. Several hundred friends and supporters joined Ms. Barrett, Bob Havlicek, CEO of the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara and key political leaders to celebrate the completion of two developments designed to bring affordable housing to the Santa Ynez Valley. Read more...

 

Some Spooktacularly Safe Ways to Spend Halloween in Santa Barbara County

Everything is pumpkin infused. Candy seems to be around every corner. Goblins and ghosts rule the streets. It’s Halloween again. Traditionally associated with mischief and sugary treats, Halloween season can get a bad rap. However, organizations of all types in Santa Barbara County are determined to offer safe and healthy alternatives to mischief and mayhem that make Halloween fun for the whole community!
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Santa Barbara Foundation North County Headquarters Opens in Santa Maria

The Santa Barbara Foundation opened a new, regional headquarters in Santa Maria in October to better serve all of northern Santa Barbara County. The Santa Barbara Foundation’s renewed investment and commitment to North County comes with an understanding that county needs are evolving and that individuals and organizations in North County are leading important community changes.
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The Power of the Purse is Evident for the Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County

The Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County held its annual awards event on Thursday evening, October 13, at Trattoria Uliveto in Orcutt. Incoming president, Amy Curti, explained how this unique and inspiring group of women contributes to a “giving circle” of both small and large contributions to, in turn, be able to gift substantial amounts of money to local organizations that address concerns voted on by members. This year’s focus was child advocacy.
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Families Caring for an Aging America

In September, the Santa Barbara Foundation joined fourteen other sponsors in the public release of Families Caring for an Aging America, a report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The publication details the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults as well as its personal impact on caregivers’ health, economic security, and overall well-being.
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OTOjOY’s Man of Many Hats

When Thomas Kaufmann walks into a room, he is hard to miss. Regardless of where he goes, he never fails to sport a beret, top hat or at times a hard hat and has lovingly become known as a man of many hats. However, the “hat” that made him into a Santa Barbara community icon is not a hat at all, but his organization OTOjOY, which uses hearing loop technology to help individuals with hearing loss.
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Lobero Theatre & OASIS Establish Endowment Funds

The Lobero Theatre and OASIS Senior Center recently established endowment funds with the Santa Barbara Foundation to continue their community efforts both now and into the future.
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In Memoriam: Larry Crandell | 1923-2016

Commonly known as ‘Mr. Santa Barbara’, Larry Crandell exhibited grace and candor through his calling as a volunteer fundraiser for local nonprofits. Crandell was the community cheerleader that inspired and challenged us to support a vast array of organizations that serve the community.
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Santa Barbara Foundation Communication Officer, Jordan Killebrew, Attends Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture formally opened its doors on Saturday, September 24. Located on the National Mall across from the Washington Monument, the museum displays more than 3,000 artifacts in twelve inaugural exhibitions.
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Donor Spotlight: James Dondero’s Philanthropy Supports Educational Access and Opportunities

James “Jim” Dondero has a heart as big as Texas when it comes to philanthropy. He is the co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, a Dallas-based firm that is one of the largest and most experienced alternative investment managers. While he won’t be spotted among the charitable cognoscente at local fundraisers, his generosity has had a substantial impact on Santa Barbara County nonprofits.
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SOCKES Fund Provides Need-Based Scholarships to Students in Santa Maria Valley

It has been four years since the Student Opportunity for Catholic Knowledge and Education Scholarship (SOCKES) Fund was established as a committee advised fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation with an initial investment of $30,000. The SOCKES Fund continues to this day, and has recently been building momentum in raising additional funds to provide financial assistance to deserving students attending St. Joseph’s High School in Santa Maria.
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Back to School: Girls Inc. Carpinteria Opens a Door to Higher Education

Empowering young women to reach their full potential and to understand, value and assert their rights, is at the core of the work done by Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. Nineteen year old Noelia Romero embodies these core values, and has achieved success through belief in herself, hard work and the support of the programs and opportunities available at Girls Inc.
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LEAF Restoration, Conservation, and Best Practices Grants

The Santa Barbara Foundation recently awarded $50,000 to local organizations aligned with the efforts of the LEAF Initiative that seek to advance strategies to increase land conservation, promote ecosystem health, ensure agricultural viability, and improve the local food system. Launched in 2015, the primary goal of LEAF is to strengthen community resilience by preserving and enhancing the landscapes and systems that sustain nature, human health and our economy.
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Healthcare and Senior Caregiving Organizations Come Together in Santa Ynez Valley

Last month, representatives from healthcare and senior caregiving organizations serving the Santa Ynez Valley came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities that we can anticipate among the growing, aging population and those who love and care for them. Learn more about the Institute for the Future toolkit helping us to explore caregiving in the year 2031.
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Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara Hosts Gathering for New Members

Thirty new and prospective members of the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara (WFSB) gathered August 3 at the Foundation House to learn about the goals and accomplishments of the fund. Established in 2004, the WFSB has distributed more than $5.6 million to organizations in southern Santa Barbara County.
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Ashley and Eli Parker Continue Family Legacy of Philanthropy through Donor Advised Fund

The Parker family is well known throughout Santa Barbara County and the country for their award winning wines, beautiful vineyards, and significant presence in the hospitality industry. Local residents and tourists experience the many facets of the late Fess Parker’s legacy and entrepreneurship every day, and it’s no surprise that their good will extends back into the community through their philanthropy and volunteerism.
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Creative Communities: An Eye Toward an Art Filled Future

The Santa Barbara Foundation has a long tradition of investing in the arts and culture sector, helping to make it a robust contributor to the region's economic strength and vitality. Learn about recent developments in "Building Santa Barbara County's Creative Capital".
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Regional Women's Fund Convening

Sharing was in the air on July 14, when the Santa Barbara Foundation hosted the women’s funds and giving circles in the region including Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara, Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County, Ojai Women’s Fund, Women’s & Girls’ Fund of the Kern Community Foundation, and the Women’s Legacy Fund of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. Forty-five women came together in support of “connecting missions and fostering conversations” at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.
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A Legacy Continues a Lifelong Search for a Cure

“Dr. Bierman was a true Renaissance man. In many of his interest areas, he was very much ahead of his time,” reflected Richard Gunner on the achievements of the esteemed Howard R. Bierman, M.D. From bio-chemist to oncologist, hematologist to aviator, inventor to loving family man, Dr. Bierman’s accomplishments exceeded his lifetime, as did his goal to cure cancer, which continues through Gunner’s stewardship of the Howard R. Bierman, M.D. fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation.
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A Report from the Field - Caring for Our Children

Advocates for early child care and education gathered at the Santa Barbara Foundation for a lunch seminar with an expert panel to address the needs in Santa Barbara County for early care for children ages zero to five.
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Unity Shoppe: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

For almost a century, people in need in Santa Barbara have counted on the Unity Shoppe for support with life’s necessities and encouragement in becoming self-sufficient. Founded in 1917 by Pearl Chase and Hazel Severy as the Council of Christmas Cheer, the Unity Shoppe recently established an endowment fund to help ensure the Santa Barbara community will benefit from the nonprofit’s important work now and into the future.
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Apples to Zucchini: Young Chefs of the Apples to Zucchini Cooking School Dive into the Joy of Cooking

Nancy Martz developed a passion for good food and cooking when she was nine years old. “I was a picky eater and constantly adapting recipes to incorporate what I liked into the family meals,” she said. “It was too much for my mother to adjust everything to my discerning palate.” Her interest in cuisine runs in the family, her grandfather and uncle being professional chefs, and deepened as she took advantage of opportunities to travel and increase her knowledge of world cuisines and the importance of good healthy food selection and preparation.
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Helen Paul Memorial Grant Awarded for Activating Senior Volunteers

The Senior Programs Fund, a Committee Advised Fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation, awarded a special, one-time $50,000 Helen Paul Memorial Grant to Family Service Agency, the venerable human-service organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable children, seniors, and families.
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Community Access Tickets Provide Special “Aria” for MAW Opera

Community Access Tickets have been increased for MAW’s production of the opera The Bartered Bride, due to generous support from the Santa Barbara Foundation.
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Donor Spotlight: Local Artist Jane Gottlieb's Dreamscapes Displayed at UCLA Library

Renowned local artist and Santa Barbara Foundation donor, Jane Gottlieb celebrated the opening of Dreamscapes, her special installation at the Charles E. Young Research Library Research Commons at UCLA on Wednesday, June 14.  
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Meet Moxi: The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

Have you made it down to lower State Street recently and wondered what that big building with the striking lookout tower across the street from the train station is?
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Ongoing Grant Opportunities

With these ongoing grant opportunities, you can engage a consultant to develop program metrics, improve your organization's infrastructure, and much more. 
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Leading from the Heart

For his show “805 Conversations” on 805 Connect, Mark Sylvester sat down with Judy Hawkins of Ruby Road Leadership to talk about community leadership, social enterprises, and local trends in business giving, including a look into the Santa Barbara Foundation-supported Business Giving Roundtable. 
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Broadening Access to Therapy for Family Caregivers

For his show “In the Public Interest,” local radio host Jim Sirianni recently sat down with Cynthia McNulty of the Family Service Agency (FSA) and Mariela Marin of Antioch University to talk about the launch of a new caregiver support training program—a collaborative effort between FSA, Antioch, the Alzheimer's Association, and the Santa Barbara Foundation. Read more...

 

Santa Barbara Foundation Honors 2016 Fleischmann, Floro, and Spaulding Scholarship Recipients

Fifty-four students throughout Santa Barbara County were selected for the Santa Barbara Foundation's 2016 Fleischmann, Floro, and Spaulding Awards. The awards were presented at receptions for students and their families.
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Women’s Fund of SB Awards $470,000 to Nonprofits, Celebrates 12 Years

The Women's Fund of Santa Barbara recently awarded $470,000 to seven local nonprofit agencies. Since 2004, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $5.6 million to 78 local nonprofit programs impacting 90,000 women, children, and families in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria.
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Putting Family Caregiving on the Map

Can a map help you understand and improve your experience caring for a family member? Recently, the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Atlas of Caregiving brought dozens of family caregivers, social workers, and health professionals together to determine just that in a series of free workshops across Santa Barbara County. Participants learned about and created care maps—helpful ways to visually represent all the people and services involved in a family caregiving situation. 
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73rd Man & Woman of the Year: Ed Birch & Vicki Hazard

The Santa Barbara Foundation and sponsoring partners Noozhawk and Montecito Bank & Trust honored the 73rd Man and Woman of the Year Award recipients, Ed Birch and Vicki Hazard, with a reception on March 9 at the Four Seasons Biltmore, Coral Casino. The two received their awards for extraordinary service and volunteerism to the Santa Barbara community. Mayor Helene Schneider presented letters of recognition to Dr. Birch and Ms. Hazard on behalf of the city of Santa Barbara. 
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Foundation Hosts Santa Barbara International Film Festival

As part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Film Studies Program, the Santa Barbara Foundation—an SBIFF sponsor—hosted dozens of students from local colleges and colleges across the U.S. this week to screen clips of a documentary and talk with the director about the filmmaking process. "This is a wonderful opportunity for students from SBCC and across the country to have personal and direct conversations with filmmakers from around the world working in a variety of formats," said Santa Barbara City College professor Nico Maestu.
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Partnership Continues Between SB Foundation and SYV Foundation

The third year of a three-year partnership between the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation will provide $100,000 to support nonprofit organizations working in the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos. "This partnership with the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation proves the exciting and powerful role that collaboration can play in philanthropy when strategically applied," said Ron Gallo, president and CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation.
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Turning Retirement Accounts into Charitable Good

There is good news for community foundation donors in their 70s—and for the communities and causes they care about. A recently made permanent law makes it possible to give individual retirement account (IRA) assets to charity, free from federal tax, annually. Prior to 2006, all lifetime distributions from IRAs were taxed—even those given to charity. As such, donors can give far more with less. This may be an attractive giving option for you if you are over 70½ and receiving minimum IRA distributions but do not need the extra income, and if you are interested in making a significant lifetime gift to impact your community.
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Foundation Welcomes New Trustees and Announces 2016 Officers

The Santa Barbara Foundation welcomes Phil Alvarado, Pamela Gann and Susan T. Richards to its Board of Trustees, each beginning a three-year term in January 2016. Selected for their extensive leadership in both professional and volunteer arenas, the new trustees will be responsible for establishing policies, setting priorities and guiding the foundation's activities. The foundation is also pleased to announce its elected officers for 2016: James Morouse, board chair; Diane Adam, vice chair; Gretchen Milligan, treasurer; Stephen Hicks, secretary; and Eileen Sheridan, chair emeritus.
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News Archive

Central Coast Climate Collaborative Panel Focuses on Carbon Farming

On August 23, the inaugural 2017 Central Coast Climate Collaborative (CCCC) Summit was held in San Luis Obispo. The event brought together community leaders throughout six Central Coast counties – Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura – to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, build coordinated climate resilience for the Central Coast and to highlight shared challenges, promising solutions and successful regional adaptation approaches. Read more...

Lessons Learned from #AskSBF Drop-in Hours

#AskSBF Drop-in Hours provide nonprofit personnel the opportunity to “drop in” without an appointment to ask detailed questions to the Community Investment Officer for a grant program and receive technical assistance on submitting grant applications. Now that we are half way through 2017, we thought it would be beneficial to reach out to the nonprofits that have participated in #AskSBF Drop-In Hours to learn how we can improve them. Here is some of the feedback we received so far, but we want to hear from you! Read more...

 

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