CSI has partnered with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership (CNL) at Cal Lutheran University to create a six-month Board certificate program.Learn More
The State of Nonprofits in Santa Barbara County report was created by the Collaboration for Social Impact with our partners The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego and Datalake, LLC. Learn more about the report.View the Report Now
As the pandemic continues to evolve, the health and well-being of our community is our top priority. Explore our COVID-19 Nonprofit Resource Page to access valuable resources & information.View COVID-19 Resources Now
Through the Collaboration for Social Impact, Santa Barbara Foundation elevates our commitment to advancing the strength and capacity of Santa Barbara County nonprofits.
Life in the nonprofit world means daily challenges, which have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes finding and training effective leaders, collaborating with other nonprofits, and raising enough funds to operate – all while providing ongoing services to an increasing need. The Santa Barbara Foundation believes the key to strengthening the social sector is to ensure its leaders and organizations have the knowledge, skills and resources to fulfill their mission. Strong nonprofits lead to a strong community.
The Collaboration for Social Impact (CSI) draws on the expertise of a diverse and experienced group of executive leaders who have long worked on the front lines of nonprofits. The Collaboration facilitates workshops, seminars, coaching and mentoring, along with public and social sector advocacy. These are developed and implemented through an ongoing coordination with community leaders and partner organizations. The Collaboration supports capacity building in the areas of leadership development, technical assistance, financial management, technology, cross organizational collaboration, as well as personnel health and wellness.
The development of CSI is advised by an esteemed group of nonprofit executive leaders who live and work throughout Santa Barbara County. Each member resides on the CSI advisory group for a limited term insuring new voices inform the evolution of the program.
The current CSI Advisory Committee includes:
Gary Clark serves as the Director of the Collaboration for Social Impact and the program is supported by Community Engagement Coordinator Maria Caudillo.
If you are interested in contributing to the Collaboration for Social Impact to help bolster the capacity of the social sector, we welcome your partnership and appreciate your support.
This report provides the most up-to-date and holistic picture of Santa Barbara County’s nonprofit sector. After a turbulent and unpredictable global pandemic that shook the sector, the data reveal key insights to guide funders, practitioners, and government agencies in collaborating toward reopening and rebuilding. Additionally, these data serve as an important baseline for future research on the nonprofit sector in Santa Barbara County.
To understand the landscape, health, and vitality of the social sector, the Collaboration for Social Impact engaged researchers at The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego and DataLake, LLC. Through this partnership, a survey was conducted of Santa Barbara County nonprofit leaders in the summer of 2021 followed by small group discussions at the Partnership for Excellence conference in October. These findings were combined with the most current data available from IRS 990 filings and the Employment Development Department. This information helped to inform the final report which is available for the public to view. Learn more.
Statewide, nonprofits generate 15% of California’s GDP and 1 in every 14 jobs in California is a nonprofit job. According to the 2019 Causes Count report, Santa Barbara County nonprofits employ 20,687 individuals (prior to the pandemic) and are typically supported by over 54,000 volunteers. It is important to note that the median salaries for a nonprofit program assistant are $36,000; $63,000 for program managers; and $79,000 for a nonprofit Executive Director. As a result, a portion of the nonprofit workforce also accounts for vulnerable families in need.
Learn more about the critical role the nonprofit sector plays in California’s economy by reading Causes Count: The Economic Power of California’s Nonprofit Sector (2019). Download the full report: calnonprofits.org/causes-count
The Santa Barbara Foundation believes that the key to strengthening the social sector is nonprofit leaders and organizations having the knowledge, skills and resources to fulfill their mission. A healthy social sector improves the social outcomes for our communities – strong nonprofits lead to a strong community. To that end, we have curated a catalog of nonprofit sector resources we encourage you to consider in your effort to develop your organization and your own nonprofit career.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the health and well-being of our community is our top priority. We curate information and resources to support our social sector’s response to COVID on our COVID nonprofit resource page and we provide additional updates and recommendations via email, our website, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram). For social sector news and updates, please also refer to the Nonprofit Resource Network (NPRNSB).
Small Capacity Building Grants (formerly Express Grants) are awards of up to $5,000 aimed at strengthening the organizational capacity and programmatic effectiveness of nonprofit organizations serving Santa Barbara County.
The Santa Barbara Foundation, with support from the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort, is partnering with CalNonprofits to provide FREE 1st year memberships for Santa Barbara County nonprofits. Click here to learn more.
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