Nonprofit Spotlight

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 stories about the great work that our nonprofit partners are doing in the community.

Women's Economic Ventures: Offering Hope, One Entrepreneur at a Time

It was 1991. Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV), an organization dedicated to empowering women to start and grow their own businesses, was in its first year. Marsha Bailey, CEO & Founder of WEV was alone in the office when the phone rang. A woman, who wanted money to buy a computer so that she could work despite her physical limitations, was on the other line. Bailey explained to her that she would need to join a borrowing group and complete a brief training to qualify for a loan and there was a long pause. Read more...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Offers Red Carpet Field Trip to County Students

Bunnies fighting crime, elephants teaching yoga and foxes baking bread are not typical animal behaviors that children see during a field trip to the zoo. However, thanks to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s program (SBIFF) Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, nearly 4,000 fourth, fifth and sixth grade students from 30 schools across Santa Barbara County saw zoo animals doing just that in a field trip to view ZootopiaRead 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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