Santa Barbara County is experiencing an unprecedented change in our population and growing inequity of opportunity. With this as a backdrop, SBF recently conducted a multi-year examination of its future funding priorities. We researched the county’s most difficult problems and talked with stakeholders from government, business, the community and the social sector. The following inter-related issues rose to the top of the list among a great many important and vital issues.
Through 2023, we will increase our focus where the need is greatest – the basic human needs of our most vulnerable – a priority that closely aligns with our mission of empathy and inclusivity. To build a more resilient community, we are also developing strategies to support working families who are quickly losing ground in terms of security and opportunity. We also believe we can make the most headway when we support the nonprofits that serve these groups and so many others.
Last year, with the goal of creating a community foundation for the times, we led an exhaustive exploration into the needs of our many constituencies.
The resulting plan: Over the next five years our strategic priorities will be focused on supporting our most vulnerable populations by addressing basic human needs. We will also invest in finding creative solutions to problems that impede working families who are just one paycheck away from becoming among the most vulnerable. SBF will also strengthen the social sector which is consistently called upon to meet those increasing community needs.