County Connections

To keep the community connected to our work, the Santa Barbara Foundation publishes quarterly County Connections Reports highlighting donor contributions and charitable investments. Thank you for joining the Foundation in our work to lead, inspire and amplify philanthropy throughout our community and beyond.

Defining Safety in Santa Barbara County

County Connections | July 2019 Leer en español

The theme of the summer edition of our County Connections Report is “Defining Safety in Santa Barbara County.” This report explores some of the major issues threatening the safety of our residents, and highlights several social service agencies doing important work to remedy these issues.

Supporting Wellness in Santa Barbara County

County Connections | May 2019 Leer en español

We have changed the name of this publication from our Quarterly Report to our County Connections Report. Don’t worry, this report will still be released at the end of each quarter, but we have organized themes and data points to share pressing issues in our communities. Donor acknowledgement and finances can be viewed in our 2018 Report of Grants & Gifts.


Report of Grants & Gifts

Click here to view our 2018 Report of Grants & Gifts!

Our 2018 Report of Grants & Gifts is now online. We are sharing important information while saving paper at the same time.

We hope you enjoy reading this Report and learning about our work for Santa Barbara County!

Arts & Culture in Santa Barbara County

County Connections | October – December 2018 Leer en español

  • Q4 Donor Contributions: $10.5M
  • Q4 Investments in Santa Barbara County: $30.2M

Click on the image to the right explore featured articles highlighting local arts and culture organizations, programs, events and more.

Celebrating 90 Years of Service to Santa Barbara County

County Connections | July – September 2018 | Leer en español

  • Q3 Donor Contributions: $4,754,000
  • Q3 Investments in Santa Barbara County: $4,658,000
  • Year to Date Donor Contributions: $12,721,000
  • Year to Date Investments in Santa Barbara County: $15,208,000

Helping Our Youth Thrive

County Connections | April – June 2018

  • Q2 Donor Contributions: $4,506,000
  • Q2 Investments in Santa Barbara County: $3,993,000
  • Year to Date Donor Contributions: $7,967,000
  • Year to Date Investments in Santa Barbara County: $10,550,000

Community Resilience

County Connections | January – March 2018

  • Donor Contributions: $3,461,000
  • Investments in Santa Barbara County: $6,557,000
  • Investments Beyond the County: $2,988,000


Achieving Impact

Community Foundation News | October – December 2017

  • Donor Contributions: $13,576,000
  • Investments in Santa Barbara County: $3,807,000
  • Investments Beyond the County: $2,337,000
  • Year to Date Donor Contributions: $45,084,000
  • Year to Date Investments in Santa Barbara County: $16,922,000

Learning Together

Community Foundation News | July – September 2017

  • Donor Contributions: $5,694,000
  • Investments in Santa Barbara County: $5,139,000
  • Investments Beyond the County: $2,059,000

Strengthening Collaboration

Community Foundation News | April – June 2017

  • Donor Contributions: $2,301,000
  • Investments in Santa Barbara County: $3,017,000
  • Investments Beyond the County: $2,783,000

Empowering Leaders

Community Foundation News | January – March 2017

  • Donor Contributions: $23,526,000
  • Investments in Santa Barbara County: $5,162,000
  • Investments Beyond the County: $2,200,000