Nonprofit Excellence means helping nonprofits meet their goals successfully by providing them with the best tools and resources in education, professional development and skill building. The foundation, with its community partners NPRN, The Fund for Santa Barbara and Leading from Within, recognizes that assisting nonprofits means going beyond providing financial support and also means sponsoring workshops, seminars and conferences in areas such as leadership development, fundraising, marketing and strategic planning, to give nonprofits every opportunity to build capacity and strengthen their organization.
Nonprofit Resource Network (NPRN)
The Nonprofit Resource Network (NPRN) was created by The Hutton Parker Foundation as an online resource to replace the physical building that was used to provide help to local non-profits With over 500 members, NPRN aims to to the one-stop shop for Santa Barbara County nonprofits to gather news and connect with each other, through features like an event calendar, nonprofit news, job listings and marketing resources, among others.
The Fund for Santa Barbara
The Fund for Santa Barbara’s Technical Assistance Program supports community-based organizations with skill-building opportunities, informational resources and free tailored consulting services. Other technical skills include grant writing, strategic planning, board development, policies and procedures, community organizing strategies, media strategies, advocacy and lobbying, program development, event planning, 501(c)(3) incorporation and more.
Leading From Within
Since 1999, the Katherine Harvey Fellows program has invested in the development of 95 talented and motivated young community leaders in Santa Barbara County. This 18-month leadership development program focuses on four primary components: education, values exploration, grant making, mentoring and relationship-building.
Leading for Community Impact (LCI) is a 12-month program that invests in leaders in the Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Ynez Valley and surrounding areas, who are on the front lives of serving many of Santa Barbara County's most vulnerable residents.
The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to help leaders from Santa Barbara County’s nonprofit organizations increase their impact in their organization and the sector at large. This 10-month program combines a professionally relevant curriculum with support in making deep connections with peers, mentors and community leaders.
Courage to Lead is a year-long leadership development program for nonprofit executive leaders that focuses on individual personal and professional growth through renewal, leadership and peer community. The program consists of five quarterly two-day retreats and monthly small group Leader Circles.