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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.

 

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...

 

Foundation Awards Grant to Human Trafficking Task Force

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office Human Trafficking Task Force recently received a grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation to conduct a needs assessment of services to trafficked victims. Established in May 2013 in response to increasing awareness of the incidence of human trafficking along the Central Coast, the task force will work to assess the scope of the problem locally, offer access to training opportunities, develop protocols, and improve law enforcement and victim service response. The task force comprises representatives from state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as nonprofit and faith-based organizations from Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. Read More...

 

Entrepreneurs Share Recipes for Giving Success

Four entrepreneurs recently shared how they infuse philanthropy into their business models at a forum presented by the Business Giving Roundtable of Santa Barbara County. "A Taste of Giving: Entrepreneurs in Philanthropy" featured owners from Recipes Organic Bakery, C'est Cheese Santa Barbara, and Opal Restaurant & Bar. "Nobody succeeds in business all by yourself or in a vacuum. When you receive from the community, it's also important to give back," said Richard Yates, co-owner of Opal Restaurant & Bar. Read More...

 

Foundation Roundtable Provides Forum for Funders to Share Best Practices

Recognizing that foundations could benefit from coming together to learn from one another, the Santa Barbara Foundation initiated The Foundation Roundtable in 1991 as a way to convene local leaders and share best practices in philanthropy. With three community foundations and several private foundations, the 29-member roundtable meets every month to discuss timely information and emerging trends in philanthropy, and occasionally pool resources to address critical community needs. Read More...

 

Ferini and Bloughs Honored at 2014 Celebrate Philanthropy Awards

Georganne Ferini and Dan and Peggy Blough were honored at this year’s Celebrate Philanthropy awards on November 6 at the Santa Maria Country Club. Hosted by the Santa Barbara Foundation and sponsored by the Santa Maria Times, the annual event recognizes individuals, couples and families who have a proven record of philanthropy through financial support, civic and charitable responsibility, and community leadership. Read More...

 

Santa Barbara Foundation Makes Investments Totaling $7.8 Million

The Santa Barbara Foundation and its donor investors continue their commitment to the well-being and vibrancy of Santa Barbara County as reflected in grantmaking since April. Focused on having a high impact on critical community issues, the foundation has distributed more than $7.8 million through its discretionary and donor funds. "By employing a wide variety of tools to build strategic philanthropy, the foundation is helping to bring about a future for Santa Barbara that is sustainable, vibrant, and full of possibility," said Ron Gallo, president & CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. Read More...

 

EnergyPartners Fund Awards $119,000 in Grants for STEM Programs

The EnergyPartners Fund, a committee advised fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation, awarded $119,000 in grants educational programs focusing on STEM. The grants were presented in early October at Presqu'ile Winery in Orcutt. EnergyPartners Fund representatives presented awards to teachers and administrators for equipment including interactive computer projectors, iPads, and air quality probes, as well as for programs to support math and robotics teams, teacher training, and curriculum development. Read More...

 

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