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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 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...

 

Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County Distributes $80,000

The Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County, a field of interest fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation, held its 6th annual grants reception at the Santa Maria Country Club on Oct. 16. This energetic group of philanthropists awarded a total of $80,000 to three nonprofits to support and expand their current services. With more than 150 members, the Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County collectively raises funds and distributes grants to organizations in Santa Maria, Cuyama, Santa Ynez, Guadalupe and Lompoc. Read More...

 

Steve Lyons and Carol Palladini Named 72nd Man & Woman of the Year

The Santa Barbara Foundation and Noozhawk honored two individuals for their long-standing commitment to volunteerism on Tuesday, October 7 at the 72nd Annual Man & Woman of the Year awards. Hundreds of friends and supporters gathered at the Four Seasons Biltmore to recognize Steve Lyons and Carol Palladini for the significant impact they have had throughout the community. Selected from a diverse pool of more than 60 nominees, Steve and Carol join the ranks of Santa Barbara County's most dedicated civic leaders. Read More...

 

Commercial Fishermen Receive Grant for Economic Impact Study

To help commercial fisheries based in Santa Barbara provide accurate information on their economic relevance to the region, the Santa Barbara Foundation recently provided a grant to the Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara for an economic impact report. Focusing on the activity of Santa Barbara's harbor between 1990 and 2013, the report will examine data such as landings by weight, ex-vessel value or earnings at the dock, price per pound, number of fishing trips, vessel identifiers, top species, employment trends, and the port's ranking in the United States and California. Read More...

 

Santa Barbara Foundation Works to Strengthen Long-term Care Safety Net

There are approximately 65.7 million caregivers in the United States who provide critical support for someone who is ill, disabled, or aged, according to a study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. With increasing life expectancy and prevalence of diseases of aging, as well as diminishing financial resources, the long-term care system is expected to undergo significant strain. To prepare for these challenges, the Santa Barbara Foundation recently accepted proposals for innovative ideas and approaches to support caregiver needs. Read More...

 

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