Past Events

Wilderness Youth Project: Go Outside – Maintain Your Physical and Mental Health | March 23, 2020

Spending some time outdoors seems to be mentioned as a coping practice in every article we’ve read for rules of social distancing during Covid-19. This advice is being given both for mental health and reducing stress for ourselves. Join this conversation to learn simple ways to connect with nature and maintain your wellbeing during this difficult time.

VISIONALITY Partners: Coffee, COVID and Business Continuity Planning Webinar | March 20, 2020

Join Emily Barany (Owner) and Kristiana Almeida (Senior Project Manager) as they walk through VISIONALITY Partners’ Nonprofit Resiliency Toolkit and discuss short, and long term planning goals for nonprofits.


NPRN WEBINAR: Virtual Executive Director & Development Director Roundtable | March 20, 2020

NPRN Presents: Responding to the Coronavirus Threat: News, Advice, Perspective and Insights to Help You Continue Your Mission
Alana Walczak, President & CEO, CALM
Geoff Green, CEO, Santa Barbara City College Foundation
Peter Rupert, Executive Director, Economic Forecast Project.


WEBINAR: COVID-19/Coronavirus Teleconference Town Hall | March 19, 2020

You are invited to join me and Assemblymember Monique Limón for a COVID-19 teleconference town hall this Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 5 p.m.

This teleconference town hall will allow those who call in to hear up-to-date information and presentations from Santa Barbara County health officials from the convenience of their own phones and submit questions for them to answer.

NPRN Presents: Designing for a Remote Workplace by Dr. Julia Stewart Lowndes | March 19, 2020

There is a lot we can do to improve the remote meeting and workshop experience and empower people to be actively engaged. I will give practical advice on how to do so – along with examples of it in action – using a combination of free, existing technology and social set-up (Zoom, Google Docs, and Codes of Conduct).

ThinkHR Presents: COVID-19 HR Guidance and Best Practices Webinar | March 19, 2020

Over the past several days, ThinkHR has fielded hundreds of questions from HR departments across the country struggling to meet COVID-19 challenges. Think HR has generously opened their COVID-19 HR Guidance and Best Practices Webinar to individuals outside of their network in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Continuity Planning for Nonprofits Webinar | March 18, 2020

The Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF) is especially concerned about the nonprofit sector with regards to COVID-19. In response, SBF and VOAD have partnered to provide a webinar to give insight into how your organization can engage in “just-in-time” business continuity planning.
Please register for the upcoming webinar:
Wednesday, March 18, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Webinar | March 18, 2020

Santa Barbara County is now eligible for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. These loans are designed to help small business get through this difficult time. Rates and terms are very competive. Eligibility will be open for a while, but if you want more information we encourage you to participate in today’s call.

HR/Legal Webinar for Nonprofits (COVID-19) | March 17, 2020

Santa Barbara Foundation will be hosting a webinar with employment lawyer Jonathan Light of LightGabler in Ventura. He will share his California specific guidance for nonprofits in respect to the regional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 North County Donor Appreciation Luncheon | February 21, 2020

On Friday, February 21st the Santa Barbara Foundation held our North County Donor Appreciation Luncheon at The Far Western Tavern in Orcutt. Attendees learned about the impact of their gifts in our community through 2019.

2020 Community Champions’ Luncheon | February 19, 2020

On Wednesday, February 19th the Santa Barbara Foundation hosted our first Community Champions’ Luncheon to thank our generous supporters.

Attendees learned about the impact their gifts made in Santa Barbara County in 2019, and heard from guest speaker, Rob Fredericks of the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara about some of SBF’s investments in affordable housing.


Food Action Forum | November 20, 2019

As part of a series of Educational Forums hosted by the Foundation, SBF held a Santa Barbara County Food Action Forum at our Santa Maria HQ. A panel of community experts discussed food insecurity in our county as well as the collaborative efforts to end hunger by strengthening sustainable food systems.

Homelessness & Housing Forum | November 19, 2019

At this Educational Forum, a panel of community experts came together to discuss the issues of shelter, safety, and how best to support vulnerable populations in our communities. Learn more about the challenges facing our communities and the work being done to address them.

Celebrate Philanthropy | November 7, 2019

Celebrate Philanthropy honors individuals, couples or families who have demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable work in the Santa Maria Valley. Celebrate Philanthropy was held on November 7, 2019 and honored two couples: Judy & Erik Frost and Frank & Scottie Ortiz.

2019 North County Catalyst Reception | October 10, 2019

The North County Fall Catalyst Reception was held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Maria. The Catalyst Reception is near and dear to the staff and board of the Santa Barbara Foundation as it is our chance to personally thank and celebrate our donors who believe in us.

2019 South County Catalyst Reception | October 1, 2019

The South County Fall Catalyst Reception was held on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. The Catalyst Reception is near and dear to the staff and board of the Santa Barbara Foundation as it is our chance to personally thank and celebrate our donors who believe in us.

76th Man & Woman of the Year | September 4, 2019

The 76th Man & Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon was held on September 4, 2019, honoring David Boyd and Jelinda DeVorzon. The award honors extraordinary service and voluntarism in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County Leadership Awards | May 14, 2019

The Santa Barbara Foundation hosted the inaugural Santa Barbara County Leadership Awards on May 14, 2019. The highly anticipated event announced the recipients of three awards honoring and celebrating the hard work, commitment and impact of our nonprofit leaders and organizations throughout the region.

Learn about the award recipients.

Sponsored Events

North County Nonprofit Forum | September 26, 2019

The North County Nonprofit Forum was created in 2016 by a group of foundations and nonprofits interested in building the capacity and strengthening networking among northern Santa Barbara County nonprofits and funders.

The upcoming Forum “All Hands on Deck! Engaging the Board and Staff in Leadership & Fundraising” was held on September 26, 2019 in Santa Maria.