80th Person of the Year Awards
Formerly known as Man & Woman of the Year, the annual Person of the Year honors Santa Barbara area individuals, couples, or families who’ve demonstrated a spirit of volunteerism through acts of service to their community. Recipients are selected from a wide range of candidates nominated by community members.
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What is the Santa Barbara Foundation?
We get asked this a lot. We are proud to be Santa Barbara County’s community foundation! Build a relationship with us and learn about all that SBF has to offer.Learn More
Community Disaster Relief Fund
Our role as a community foundation is to be responsive to emerging needs in our community. Donate to the Community Disaster Relief Fund and help us support our community members in times of need.Give Now
Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
Announcing the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program! Grants up to $2,500 will be available to Santa Barbara County microbusiness owners. Click below to review full eligibility, use of funds, and required documents. Info Sessions are available on March 15 and March 24 to learn more.Apply Today
Putting Empathy into Action
The mission of the Santa Barbara Foundation is to mobilize collective wisdom and philanthropic capital to build empathetic, inclusive and resilient communities.
Since 1928, your community foundation has championed the philanthropic efforts of the people of Santa Barbara County, identifying the areas of greatest need and bringing together generous donors with those who do standout work in the nonprofit community. We are honored to have this position of trust and hope you will join us.
What We Do
For over 90 years, the Santa Barbara Foundation has been a catalyst for change. We analyze issues to identify challenges that burden people every day in Santa Barbara County. We convene community stakeholders to build coalitions and partner with nonprofits and other leaders working on the front lines. Together, we chart a direction and mobilize people like you to support the dynamic initiatives that makes this a better place, now and for generations to come.
We convene people to listen, learn, invest time and resources, and cultivate ideas to solve big problems.
We strategically invest funds to enable the work of nonprofits through a rigorous process of research, planning, due diligence, and evaluation.
We create and manage funds for donors, inspire people to give, and develop strategic investment opportunities to stimulate civic action.
Social Sector Support
We elevate nonprofits by offering opportunities to learn, grow, and become stronger.
Priorities for Impact
With the goal of creating a community foundation for the times, we recently led an exhaustive exploration into the needs of the widely varied constituencies that make up Santa Barbara County.
As a result, our focus for 2018-2023 is on our vulnerable populations, working families, and the social sector. As we have for over 90 years, we will continue to be a catalyst for change across our county through support of our special initiatives and the causes and organizations that our community is passionate about. Your donations make this work possible. View our 2018-2023 Strategic Priorities Summary.
The Power of Investing Together
A major part of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s mission involves partnering with donors to invest their charity dollars in causes they’re passionate about. Our donors also entrust us with discretionary funds which we pool together and invest based on our deep knowledge of county issues. Explore our 2021 Annual Report to learn more about our investment in Santa Barbara County.
Strategic Grantmaking in Multi-Year Grants
The Santa Barbara Foundation Introduces Multiyear Grants for Basic Needs Every nonprofit faces a balancing act when it’s time to allocate resources for organizational development activities. Every dollar spent on […]
Engaged Philanthropy in Family Traditions
Charitable Giving As a Family Tradition: Philanthropic Advising at SBF Supports Family Philanthropy For families interested in teaching and engaging their next generation in philanthropy and how to demonstrate love […]
Partner with Us to Make Real Impact
For more than nine decades our specialty has been charitable giving. Partner with us as your Philanthropic Advisors if you're looking to: build a better community, help your client devise a giving strategy, or support your work as a nonprofit.