County Connections

To keep Santa Barbara County connected to our work, the Santa Barbara Foundation publishes reports updating our community about important issues, highlighting donor contributions, and exploring the Foundation’s impact. Thank you for joining the Foundation in our work to lead, inspire and amplify philanthropy throughout our community and beyond.

County Connections | November 2020

Together, We Can

Together, with our incredible donors and community partners, we have done so much to make Santa Barbara County a better place to live. With your help, we have already invested $20 million in Santa Barbara County nonprofits in 2020 to improve our communities. We’ve lead the way during a global pandemic, while uplifting working families and our most vulnerable.

Together, we can do even more to strengthen our social sector and make this county a more equitable and inclusive place for all. Explore our new County Connections Report to learn more.

2019 Annual Report

Strategy for a Stronger Future 

For 92 years, Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF) donors have entrusted us, the region’s largest community foundation, to invest their charitable dollars with empathy and an eye toward significant and measurable impact. In 2019, SBF continued this work in a big way – in partnership with our donors, we invested $31 million in Santa Barbara County nonprofit organizations to support working families, vulnerable populations, and all who dream of a stronger future. Explore the full report here.

County Connections | April 2020

COVID-19: How You Can Help

Since COVID-19 began affecting our county in mid-March, our communities have faced incredible challenges. For our most vulnerable community members, the COVID-19 crisis has been devastating.

The Santa Barbara Foundation along with the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort is working to provide support to our neighbors and the nonprofits that serve them during this extremely difficult time. This edition of our County Connections Report explores the COVID-19 crisis in Santa Barbara County, how our social sector has stepped up to support those in need, and a few ways YOU can help our communities.

2019


County Connections | October 2019

Be a Catalyst for Change

The fall 2019 edition of our County Connections Report focuses on the importance of working together to “Be a Catalyst for Change.” In partnership with our donors, SBF serves as a catalyst for change across our county by cultivating leadership, promoting innovation, fostering collaborations, and advocating for the needs of our residents. Learn how you can join us in our work to catalyze change for Santa Barbara County!

County Connections | July 2019 | Leer en español

Defining Safety in Santa Barbara County

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.

County Connections | May 2019 | Leer en español

Supporting Wellness in Santa Barbara County

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.

2018


2018-2023 Strategic Priorities Summary

From 2018 to 2023, our strategic priorities include a reinvigorated commitment to supporting our most vulnerable populations throughout Santa Barbara County by addressing basic human needs.

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!

County Connections | October – December 2018 | Leer en español

Arts & Culture in Santa Barbara County

  • 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.

County Connections | July – September 2018 | Leer en español

Celebrating 90 Years of Service to Santa Barbara County

  • 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

County Connections | April – June 2018

Helping Our Youth Thrive

  • 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

County Connections | January – March 2018

Community Resilience

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

2017


Community Foundation News | October – December 2017

Achieving Impact

  • 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

Community Foundation News | July – September 2017

Learning Together

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

Community Foundation News | April – June 2017

Strengthening Collaboration

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

Community Foundation News | January – March 2017

Empowering Leaders

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