Stories of Philanthropy

At the Santa Barbara Foundation, we know that in order to strengthen philanthropy in our community, we must continually strive to strengthen our own philanthropic values. Each day, our leadership and staff works with foundation donors, nonprofits and community partners to further the common good of Santa Barbara County. Beyond that, many members of our team also serve the community through volunteering, fundraising and leadership roles. In doing so, they not only desire to give back, but also hope to learn new perspectives on philanthropy and gain insight into how they can enhance their professional lives to help the foundation better serve the community. We are proud to be part of such an active philanthropic community and hope that sharing our stories with you will give you a different view of our work and community engagement.

 

Leaders Matter. Aligning Philosophy with Philanthropy

My bookcase is packed with books on leadership. From Dale Carnegie to Og Mandino to Peter Drucker… I’ve read and re-read these books over the years to (as Stephen Covey would say) “sharpen my saw” because I believe leaders matter. I have had the experience of working at great companies that invest in leadership development, including Xerox, Procter & Gamble, and Disney. Read More...

 

'amuyich: Spirit of Generosity


I introduce you to Irene. An intellectually curious person, she was genuinely interested in others and the world we live in. She possessed a refined sensitivity about people - their suffering, their joy, their unrealized potential. She was a cook throughout her life, in café’s, diners, restaurants, school cafeterias. I don’t doubt that her calling to feed people in the literal sense poised her to influence people in ways unexpected and profound. Read More...

 

Did you smile at me?

I heard the motor scooter before I could see it. Cheri was home from work, early for a Tuesday. This happened twice a month. She parked her scooter, goes inside to get her uniform and mine, some special leashes for me, treats, and loads me into my van. Off we drove to Oak Park, a modest size public park close to the hospital where we volunteered. Together we walked around the park so I can sniff, pee, poop and stretch my legs before starting work. Read More...

 

Love is in the Air


This Valentine’s Day, the foundation asked some of our donors to share the story of how they met their partners and why they love to give – together. Sarah and Daniel Zia, Jan and Randy Campbell and Anne and Michael Towbes share how they fell in love and the role that philanthropy plays in their relationships. 
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Stepping on the Bus

Chief Philanthropic Officer and Senior Vice President Jan Campbell reflects on her experience at the Los Angeles Women's March on Saturday, January 21. Campbell was joined by many of the foundation's partners, donors and friends, as well as many of Santa Barbara County's nonprofit leaders and public servants, as she marched for a cause she believes in. Read More...

 

Peace in Every Breath


Chief Philanthropic Officer Jan Campbell and Community Investment Officer Rubayi Estes joined Santa Barbara Foundation donor Eric Schwartz in a visit to Burton High School in San Francisco to learn about the Quiet Time program, which uses a form of transcendental meditation to help teens master self-control, reduce stress and, ultimately, succeed academically and personally. Read More...

 

Diane Adam: Trustee Diane Adam Aims to Help Others Discover Their Giving Passions

If there is one thing Diane Adam enjoys more than volunteering her own time and talents, it is helping others experience the fun in giving. A keen observer and listener, Diane enjoys connecting people with causes that are a strong match for their interests. "One of my goals in life is to help people have a positive experience of giving," said Diane. "I want them to walk away from me thinking, 'Diane is having a good time volunteering. I should try it, too!'" Read More...

 

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