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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.

 

Community Gives to Isla Vista Tribute Fund

Garrett Gerstenberger and Jose Cardoso are the managing partners of Isla Vista Screen Printing, a business located in the heart of the UCSB community and blocks from where a gunman opened fire one year ago and claimed six lives on May 23, 2014. To support the community, Garrett and Jose created a line of apparel called “Isla Vista United.” All proceeds, totaling $20,065, were donated to the Isla Vista Victims Tribute Fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation. Read More...

 

Women's Fund of Santa Barbara Awards $460,000 in Grants

The Women's Fund of Santa Barbara recently awarded grants totaling $460,000 to seven local nonprofit agencies at its 11th annual Presentation of Grants reception. This event celebrates the end of the annual Women's Fund grant cycle and honors its newest grantees, voted on by the membership of 677 women. Since it began in 2004, the Women's Fund of Santa Barbara has awarded grants totaling more than $5.1 million to 71 local nonprofit programs impacting more than 85,000 women, children and families in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria. Read More...

 

Santa Barbara Foundation Releases First Quarter Report

To keep the community connected to the work of the Santa Barbara Foundation, a quarterly report is being released to provide timely information about donor contributions and charitable investments. Together with its donors, the foundation distributed $7.7 million in grants in the first quarter. In total 542 grants were awarded to 337 organizations, and $6.5 million went to support Santa Barbara County nonprofits. Read More...

 

River Bend Bike Park Opens in Lompoc

The River Bend Bike Park is officially open in Lompoc. Transforming five acres of land into a community bike park was the brainchild of Dave Baker in 2011. A Lompoc native and former BMX racer, Dave saw an opportunity to create a safe, protected place for children and adults to ride bicycles. Motivated by his commitment and enthusiasm, over 350 volunteers from Lompoc and surrounding areas logged more than 5,000 hours to get the park built. Read More...

 

Thrive Santa Barbara County Releases 2015 Baseline Report

The 2015 Baseline Report for Thrive Santa Barbara County was released highlighting the progress of the program and the goals for the future. Thrive was established in Santa Barbara County in 2008 and is built on the collective impact model pioneered by Geoffrey Canada at the Harlem Children's Zone. Canada is world renowned for his pioneering work at HCZ and as an advocate for education reform. Read More...

 

Ice in Paradise Coming to Santa Barbara County

The Ice in Paradise project is just months away from becoming a cold, hard, skate-able reality. From skating experiences to community gatherings, the venue has been designed to benefit the entire community. The Greater Santa Barbara Ice Skating Association, the nonprofit spearheading the project, has raised close to $8 million in donations and pledges so far. The Santa Barbara Foundation first provided funding to the association in 2006, and together with its donor partners, has contributed $295,000 to date. Read More...

 

Food Action Plan Underway in Santa Barbara County

Recognizing the impact of the inefficient county food system, the Community Environmental Council and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County came together to begin developing a better system. They approached the Santa Barbara Foundation with a proposal: to develop a healthy, accessible, sustainable local food action plan that will serve Santa Barbara County now and in the future. The Orfalea Foundation was also invited to round out the four organization partnership. Read More...

 

Local Forum to Help Shape 2015 White House Conference on Aging

On February 18, 2015 a public forum on aging will be held in Buellton. Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Area Agency on Aging, the forum will gather information from local residents to shape the program of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. Input collected at these public forums is used to guide the public and private sectors in being responsive to the diverse needs of an aging population. The national conferences have helped inform aging policy for the past 50 years. Read More...

 

Partnership Continues Between Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Foundations

The second 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. Read More...

 

Stephen Hicks and Ralph Iannelli Elected to Santa Barbara Foundation Board

Stephen Hicks and Ralph Iannelli have been elected to the Santa Barbara Foundation's Board of Trustees, each beginning a three-year term in January 2015. Selected for their diverse interests, experience and leadership in both professional and volunteer arenas, trustees establish policy, set priorities and are responsible for guiding the foundation's activities. Read More...

 


 

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