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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.

 

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. Read More...

 

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. Read More...

 

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. Read More...

 

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. Read More...

 

Santa Barbara Foundation Awards $300,000 in Capital Grants

The Santa Barbara Foundation recently awarded $300,000 in Capital Grants to 12 nonprofit organizations serving Santa Barbara County. This year's grant program had a special focus on advancing capital campaigns, aligning with the foundation's commitment to build capacity in the nonprofit sector and leverage philanthropic dollars for critical needs. The foundation received a total of 39 grant requests from organizations throughout the county. Read More...

 

Isla Vista Creative Communities Study Receives $20,000 Grant

Santa Barbara Foundation recently granted $20,000 for the Isla Vista Creative Communities feasibility study, the initial phase of the UCSB-led effort to foster arts and cultural development in Isla Vista. The study will bring together community members and stakeholders representing Isla Vista, the University of California Santa Barbara and the broader South Coast to harness local intellect and creativity toward developing a safe, thriving cultural center for Isla Vista. This visioning process will be facilitated by the New York-based nonprofit organization Project for Public Spaces, with the heart of the activity in a two-day workshop in early 2016. Read More...

 

Three Remarkable Women Honored at 2015 Celebrate Philanthropy Awards

The Santa Barbara Foundation and Santa Maria Times are pleased to announce the honorees of the 2015 Celebrate Philanthropy awards: Diane Adam, Nancy K. Johnson and Gayle Pratt. Celebrate Philanthropy honors individuals, couples or families who, through direct service or financial support, have demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable work in the Santa Maria Valley. This annual event is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Maria Times. Read More...

 

North County Women's Fund Distributes $75,450 in Grants

The Women's Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County recently held its 7th annual grants reception at the Santa Maria Country Club. This dedicated group of philanthropists awarded a total of $75,450 to three nonprofit organizations to support and expand their current services. With more than 160 members, the Women's Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County collectively raises funds through member dues as well as support from the Eagle Foundation. The funds are distributed as grants to organizations in Santa Maria, Cuyama, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Guadalupe and Lompoc. Read More...

 

EnergyPartners Fund Awards $110,000 in Grants for STEM Programs

The EnergyPartners Fund, a committee advised fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation, recently awarded $110,000 for grants and educational programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM). To date, the EnergyPartners Fund has awarded more than $960,000 to local classrooms, schools, districts and nonprofit organizations with a cumulative impact exceeding 50,000 students. Read More...

 


 

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