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.

Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club: Making Philanthropy Fun

Roaring laughter, inside jokes and generous sentiments overtook the Santa Maria Inn during the early morning on June 8 for the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club’s weekly meeting. While the fun and games carried on throughout the meeting, there is no question that the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club is serious when it comes to making Santa Maria Valley the best it can be. Read more...

VTC Enterprises: Making Lives a Little Brighter

Before Eleni came to Vocational Training Center (VTC) Enterprises, she used to cry or run away within five minutes of walking into a store or movie theater. After an assessment by Stephanie Foster, PhD, OTR/L, Eleni was diagnosed as tactile defensive, which means that she is unusually sensitive to touch in ways that can make her feel uncomfortable or even in pain. To help Eleni become more at ease in various situations and, therefore, live a richer life, Dr. Foster prescribed specific training and activities for her through VTC’s new Sensory Integration Program (SIP). Read more...

 

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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