Foundation News

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 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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