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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.

 

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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