Past Events

77th Man & Woman of the Year | September 2, 2020

Tom Parker and Catherine Remak are the 77th Man & Woman of the Year!

The two were honored, along with Outstanding Couple in Service Michael & Marni Cooney, for their contributions and service to the community at a virtual reception on September 2, 2020.

Learn more about the Man & Woman of the Year.

Center for Nonprofit Leadership Webinar: The Realities of Re-Opening | July 23, 2020

As nonprofits navigate the realities of re-opening after Covid-19 shutdowns, join employment lawyer Jonathan Light of LightGabler in Camarillo as he shares his California specific guidance for nonprofits in respect to the regional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussion will focus on re-opening pitfalls and considerations, with a special emphasis on payment restructure and legally compliant layoff decisions.

Business Liability, Best Practices, Safe & Smart Santa Barbara County Workshop Webinar | July 8, 2020

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday July 8th at 4:00 p.m. for a webinar workshop on business liability during COVID-19, as well as the measures that businesses are undertaking to ensure a Safe & Smart Santa Barbara reopening. Trevor Large of Fauver Large Archbald & Spray LLP will take businesses through some step-by-step protocols to assist with navigating customer interactions in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

AFP Webinar: How Nonprofits Can Be More Inclusive, Diverse, Accessible and Equitable | July 8, 2020

AFP International is committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) in the fundraising profession, the philanthropic sector and throughout all of society. The Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter has assembled a panel of local organizations serving minority populations in our respected counties to discuss with us how we can better serve and partner with these populations as potential donors and/or potential colleagues.

A Call to Justice: A Discussion of Community-Based Initiatives to End Racism and Build a Just, Prosperous, Sustainable Economy | July 7, 2020

We must all play an active role to ensure a road to recovery that does not return us to the pre-pandemic status quo. The murder of George Floyd has mobilized communities across the country and world to finally uproot the racism and injustice that has for far too long ruled our institutions and culture. Now is the time to reimagine a new, more equitable, prosperous, and just society— and we see it happening.

SBCC Foundation Webinar: COVID Conversation | July 2, 2020

Our region’s lack of affordable, accessible, quality child care options is nothing new, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made that challenge infinitely more difficult for many. During our conversation this afternoon we will learn how Santa Barbara City College, home to some of our region’s most critical child care resources, is rising to the challenge and meeting the moment. As always, the conversation will be followed by a community Q&A.

Coffee & Conversations | July 1, 2020

Coffee and Conversations is a new monthly virtual event held exclusively for SBF donors and fundholders to learn about an area of our work.

This month, Jackie Carrera, President & CEO, and Rubayi Estes, Interim Chief Program Officer, to learn how Santa Barbara County communities have been affected by COVID-19 with a deeper look into specific issue areas such as child care, technology, and more.

***This is an exclusive event for SBF donors and fundholders.

Light Gabler Webinar: Avoiding Common Employment Law Mistakes as You Ramp up or Reopen | June 23, 2020

In this informative webinar, employment attorney Jonathan Fraser Light will discuss how to bring businesses back to normal and in compliance with the ever-changing employment laws, including those stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Jon will offer tips on multiple areas that require scrutiny to help bring you back to business in a lawful and organized manner.

NPQ Webinar: How Can Boards Join the Movement for Racial Justice? | June 22, 2020

Join nationally recognized governance, strategy, and equity consultants Vernetta Walker and Robin Stacia for an in-depth set of conversations about how boards of directors can and should join the movement for racial justice.

These sessions will be highly interactive with the majority of time spent in moderated discussion. Topics will include:

  • What is the value of board statements to the community?
  • How should boards of directors be responding right now? What questions should they be engaging?
  • How can boards show up authentically if they are early in their understanding of and/or commitment to racial justice?
  • What kinds of risks and backlash to joining the movement are boards worried about? Why?
  • What if the staff have a more developed racial justice stance than the board?
  • What is the role of the CEO in facilitating the board’s racial justice work?


Juneteenth Santa Barbara: Digital Diaspora | June 19, 2020

COVID-19 will not stop our celebration of Juneteenth. Our celebration themed: Digital Diaspora: A Santa Barbara Celebration of Black Histories & Futures will share on our website and social media channels our Black talent that is local to our community.

Please mark you calendars for Friday, June 19 and tune into learn about Black history, contributions, and the wonderful talents of our community.

CalNonprofits Causes Count: Insights on the Nonprofit Sector & What Comes Next | June 16, 2020

Please Join Regional Capacity Builders and CalNonprofits CEO, Jan Masaoka as she shares:

  • New insights and data from the 2019 Causes Counts report on California’s nonprofit sector.
  • Local data on Ventura & Santa Barbara County Nonprofits.
  • Information all nonprofits need to know about the current state of the sector.
  • COVID-19 Policy Updates.
  • Recommendations for what nonprofits should be doing going forward.

The State of Philanthropy & Capital Campaigns Webinar | June 11, 2020

Current realities are rocking philanthropy, challenging our core strategies for developing relationships, securing major and capital campaign gifts. The role of development professionals and nonprofit leaders in generating nonprofit revenues is more important than ever before in recent history.

Light Gabler Webinar: Avoiding Common Employment Law Mistakes as You Ramp up or Reopen | June 10, 2020

In this informative webinar, employment attorney Jonathan Fraser Light will discuss how to bring businesses back to normal and in compliance with the ever-changing employment laws, including those stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Jon will offer tips on multiple areas that require scrutiny to help bring you back to business in a lawful and organized manner.

UCSB MultiCultural Center: #Black Lives Matter Collective Healing Organization Space | June 4, 2020

Join us to process the on-going police brutality against Black lives and people, and collectively share useful tips and practices for organizing spaces.
During the event we will have two Zoom calls, 1) for the Black community for healing/processing and 2) for non-Black folks who want to be in solidarity with the community. Please fill out the form to register.

Strategic Partnerships Webinar: Collaborative Practices to Sustain Impact | June 4, 2020

This webinar provides an introduction to the array of strategic relationships that can advance greater impact and sustainability for nonprofit organizations. Informed by our 20+ years’ worth of experience in this area, La Piana Consulting outlines the variety of potential organizational relationships, key drivers of success and potential challenges to achieving success, as well as the process by which organizations can develop these relationships. This webinar will provide concrete information to inform organizational thinking and decision-making about whether and how to use these relationships as a strategic option for mission advancement.

Webinar: Reopening guidelines, IBank loans for nonprofits, and other resources | June 3, 2020

While some nonprofits are serving more people than ever before, others such as performing arts are closed for months or will be closed for years. Many nonprofits have some staff working onsite and other staff working from home.

In this live event, leaders from the Governor’s Office will explain what the reopening stages mean for different types of nonprofits and will describe the California state loan program through the IBank. We will also hear how the Governor is making full use of the nonprofit community – and supporting nonprofits – in both the crisis and the recovery.

Board Recruiting in 2020 Webinar | June 3, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is heightening the need for skilled and committed nonprofit board members. Summer is also the time when many board terms expire. Together, these factors mean that board recruiting is a critical priority for many organizations.

Join us for practical strategies and tools to connect your organization’s needs with the people willing to give their time, talent and treasure to your mission. We’ll also tackle today’s unique challenges of remote interviews, orientation without “seeing” programs, and realistic expectations for engagement.

SBCC Foundation Webinar: COVID Conversations | May 28, 2020

Please join us at 4:00 p.m. PST today for the next installment in the SBCC Foundation’s discussion series, COVID Conversations. Professor Matthew Mooney, one of our college’s true experts in online learning strategies, will present I’m Not a Robot: Humanizing Online Learning at SBCC. His remarks will be followed by a community Q&A.

LightGabler Webinar: The Good, the Bad, and the Pandemic | May 27, 2020

In this informative seminar, employment attorney Karen Gabler will discuss the interplay between rapidly-changing federal, state and local laws related to COVID-19, along with tips on how to manage a myriad of business and employment issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Topics covered will include:

SBCC Foundation Webinar: Applying an Equity Lens to Address Students’ Basic Needs | May 21 2020

This week we will be Applying an Equity Lens to Address Students’ Basic Needs in the next installment of the SBCC Foundation’s COVID Conversations. Please join us on Thursday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m. PST for what will surely be a fascinating discussion. Our presenters will be Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Director Paloma Arnold and Interim Coordinator of Equity, Diversity and Cultural Competency Roxane Byrne. Their remarks will be followed by a community Q&A.

Adaptive Leadership Practices Webinar | May 21, 2020

Generously sponsored by the Ventura County Community Foundation and Montecito Bank & Trust

Panel Moderator: Geoff Green, CEO Santa Barbara City College Foundation

Confirmed Panelists:
· Sigrid Wright, CEO Community Environmental Council
· Marcela Morales, Executive Director – Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)
· Jenna Tosh, President & CEO – Planned Parenthood California Central Coast

CalNonprofits Webinar: Starting a Nonprofit in California | May 20, 2020

Are you or a friend thinking about starting a nonprofit? Check out our webinar on May 20th!

In this time of crisis, we’ve heard from so many who are looking to help their neighbors by starting a nonprofit organization – it makes sense because nonprofits are the vehicle for expressing our values and putting our beliefs into action.

NPQ Webinar: Managing a Paycheck Protection Program Loan Effectively | May 14, 2020

his webinar is for nonprofit financial leaders who have received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan or expect to in the near future. Many are wondering: “now what?” How do I manage this loan properly, and very importantly, how do I get it forgiven?

SBCC Foundation Webinar: COVID Conversations | May 13, 2020

The next installment in the SBCC Foundation’s discussion series, COVID Conversations, will be on Wednesday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. PST. Join us for Supporting Students’ Mental Health during a Global Pandemic presented by SBCC Mental Health and Wellness staff members Alyson Bostwick and Becky Bean. Their presentation will be followed by a community Q&A.

LightGabler Webinar: The Good, the Bad, and the Pandemic | May 13, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented burdens upon California businesses, as employers attempt to navigate the significant employment challenges imposed by economic losses, mandatory quarantine orders and complicated federal legislation. As the state and counties begin to roll out their plans for reopening, business owners and managers must ensure the safety and health of their employees and revitalize business operations, all while maintaining compliance with an ever-changing legal landscape.

Center For Nonprofit Leadership Webinar: Courage & Bringing in New Dollars in the Face of Crisis | May 12, 2020

Unprecedented times – yes, but the fundamentals of relationship-based fundraising hold true.  Let’s talk about how to handle crisis and disruption as a development officer and fundraiser.

ARTS REACH WEBINAR: Your Brand is Now More Important Than Ever | May 8, 2020

Roger Sametz will explore why, in this time of crisis, your organization’s brand is more important than ever. Learn ways you can strengthen your brand and its expression to build and reinforce relationships, generate trust, move people to make decisions in your favor, and, ultimately, bolster both earned and contributed income.

EDC Webinar: I’ve Got Federal Funding – Now What? | May 6, 2020

Have you received PPP, EIDL or both?

Join us for a discussion about best practices for spending and accounting for both loan programs

ARTS REACH WEBINAR: Reimagining the Future – Arts Recovery After COVID-19 |May 6, 2020

In a post-COVID world, there will not be a return to “business as usual” for most arts organizations — at least not for a long time. Underfunded during the pandemic as donors turned their attention to critical human, social and health needs in their communities, how can we ensure the future of the arts? What will that future look like?

COVID-19 Funders’ Update | May 5, 2020

Donors and fundholders are invited to a virtual event to learn about our work around COVID-19 and the impact of your gift. Join Jackie Carrera, Interim CEO, for a live update and conversation about the effects of COVID-19 on the Santa Barbara County social sector and the Santa Barbara Foundation’s work in the Joint Response Effort.

UCSB Multicultural Center Webinar: Organizing for the Long Haul | May 1, 2020

Avoiding Burnout, Organizing for Power

What tools for sustainability have we inherited from our movement foremothers? How can we effectively address internal organizational collective conflict while simultaneously upholding a united front against our oppressors? Learn from a full-time organizer of 16 years about avoiding burnout and living with the organizer joy that we so deserve and fight daily to gain.

Center for Nonprofit Management Webinar: Answers to Your HR Questions | April 30, 2020

The nonprofit landscape has been changing dramatically over the course of the last month in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Organizations are facing new and challenging questions about how to balance employee and organizational needs with limited resources. Join CNM and Clark Souers of Expert Effect and get your HR questions answered by an expert.

County of Santa Barbara: COVID-19 Business Assistance Webinar | April 29, 2020

The County of Santa Barbara is hosting a business assistance webinar with topics that include the banking and loan environment; support from the local chambers of commerce and organizations like Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV); and the countywide and regional effort for economic recovery.

CalNonprofits Webinar: Nonprofit HR Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic | April 29, 2020

This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from employment attorneys about what you should consider as you implement shelter-in-place strategies, handle employment issues during the COVID-19 crisis, and adapt strategies as shelter-in-place policies shift.

Center for Nonprofit Leadership Webinar: Board Governance in Uncertain Times | April 28, 2020

Join us to learn how your board can be effective and responsive in 2020. We’ll dive into the most important discussions and decisions for your board, the questions you should be asking, and provide examples of innovative strategies that could ensure your organization’s resiliency and sustainability.

Center for Nonprofit Management Webinar: Answers to Your PPP Questions | April 28, 2020

The launch of the Paycheck Protection Program has been confusing, rife with conflicting information, changing requirements and scam artists. Join CNM and Paul Schulz, former California Community Foundation Board member and current PPP advocate to ask your questions and get the latest information available for nonprofits.

UCSB Multicultural Center Webinar: Combating Racism Against Asian Communities in the Midst of COVID-19 | April 23 2020

Combating Racism Against Asian Communities in the Midst of COVID-19
Dr. Diane Fujino, Dr. Charmaine Chua, Rose Hoan

Say What? Messaging & Communication in the Midst of Uncertainty | April 20, 2020

This webinar is co-convened with the Cal Lutheran Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

Nonprofit missions are critical during this unprecedented time, but how do we tackle communication and messaging to our constituencies with so much uncertainty? How do we position our organizations in service to the community? How do we share how we have adapted and how the global conditions are impacting those we serve? How do we stay connected to our donors, supporters with the goal of nurturing this important relationships?

Prevent Connect Webinar: Preventing Violence in our Homes | April 14, 2020

In this web conference, speakers will talk about their communities’ experiences with COVID-19 and emerging strategies to understand community needs in this moment and respond to them. We will also offer ample time for participants to share what they’re learning and what actions they’re taking. Whether you are a public health practitioner, community health worker, educator, or advocate, we can meet this moment of major individual and collective upheaval with connection, care, and an unwavering commitment to justice. Together, we can support and advocate for children, youth, and families, and prevent violence in our homes.

SoCal Grantmakers: The Webinar on Webinars for Funders + Nonprofits and Community Leaders | April 13, 2020

In partnership with Andy Goodman of The Goodman Center, Philanthropy California invites you to participate in the upcoming webinar focused on learning the essentials of hosting a good webinar.

SBA Loan Programs: What Nonprofits Need to Know | April 9, 2020

Today is opening day of the SBA Paycheck Protection Program – but instead of relief, confusion is rampant, and nonprofits are frustrated. Some banks are adding additional requirements, for example, that your organization already have a current business account with them. Others are declaring that they won’t accept loan applications today at all.

Help for The Helpers Webinar: Financial Decision-Making & Communication In A Time Of Crisis | April 9, 2020

Learn to unpack your nonprofit’s finance situation to make critical financial decisions and to tell your story to internal and external stakeholders. Content will include how to assess if debt is the right financing tool for your nonprofit and communication tips for use with funders.

COVID-19 & Nonprofit Employers, What You Need To Know | April 8, 2020

Keeping up with the changing wage and hour laws in California just got harder. One of the most common pitfalls for California employers is not knowing when and how to pay employees when they are at work and, now, when they are not at work.

WEV WORKS: Strengthen Your Brand Identity and Visibility During COVID-19 | April 8, 2020

For the majority of small business owners, the world in which you operate has changed dramatically. This webinar will address the concepts of branding and pivoting, and how you can redefine and restrategize your online presence in the wake of this current crisis

How Nonprofits Can Access Stimulus Funds | April 7, 2020

Clare Briglio, Communications and Business Disruption Resources Director for the Economic Development Collaborative, will be sharing on local, state and federal benefits now available under the CARES Act for Non-profits and employees. Join us to learn more about how your non-profit may benefit from programs designed to support you during this time.

Help for The Helpers Webinar: Bridge Financing For Nonprofits During COVID-19 | April 7, 2020

his webinar is part of a three-day webinar series, Making Sense of Emerging Financing Options for Nonprofits, that will help your nonprofit organization explore a host of new financing options including disaster loans, payroll protection, and bridge loans to help determine which is right for you. Geared towards nonprofit organizations, this webinar series is also open to their funders and stakeholders.

EDC Webinar: Navigating Local, State and Federal Resources Available Through The CARES Act with Economic Development Collaborative | April 3, 2020

Benefits and Resources for Employers, Self-Employed Individuals and Employees.

The Fund for Santa Barbara Webinar: Grassroots Fundraising with Rona Fernandez | April 3, 2020

This unprecedented time of uncertainty and physical distancing is putting particular strain on fundraising efforts. Join us to learn and share how groups have weathered past crisis, gather with peers to brainstorm creative solutions, and hear from longtime social justice nonprofit and fundraising expert Rona Fernandez.

NPRN & Center for Nonprofit Leadership Webinar: Managing Transitions in a Difficult Time | April 3, 2020

Our world is currently going through a period of unprecedented and uncharted change. How are you dealing with this change personally? How are you dealing with it as a leader? As an organization? Drawing upon William Bridges’ Transitions Framework, this interactive webinar will help nonprofit and foundation staff and board members gain a deeper understanding of how the destabilizing forces of change are impacting their organizations and their own lives. It will also give participants concrete tools and well-tested strategies for helping to guide people through this challenging period.

WEV WORKS Webinar: Practical Steps for Business Adaptation | April 3, 2020

Business coach Rich Wood will share practical steps for pivoting your business and we will gather in smaller breakouts groups to exchange other tips/ideas.

VISIONALITY Webinar: How to Digitize your Mission | April 2, 2020

Organizations are quickly realizing that this is not just another disaster — the COVID-19 pandemic is fundamentally altering how organizations assess program delivery, and forcing them to figure out how to continue to deliver on mission critical programs, virtually. Those organizations who hope to wait this out risk long-term damage. Join the team at VISIONALITY for ideas on how to assess and pivot your mission-critical work into the digital realm.

WEV WORKS: COVID-19 and the Law for Small Businesses |April 1, 2020

Get information that could help you renegotiate your lease, revise your contracts and handle staffing issues that come up during the COVID-19 outbreak. This Webinar will walk you through what to look for in written agreements, give you tools to negotiate overhead and address employment law issues, including leave, temporary unemployment and health benefits.

Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits? | March 31, 2020

The networks of the National Council of Nonprofits are hosting a national presentation to help all in the charitable community understand the various provisions of the two laws and what they mean for nonprofits.

SoCal Grantmakers Webinar: Tune In- Self Care and Wellness | March 30, 2020

Generosity can be a powerful antidote to fear and uncertainty. Staying present in how we respond while taking care of ourselves and our families, can be exhausting and triggering. SCG, TRHT-LA and Growing Giving invite you to tune in for a brief rest, nurturing inspiration, and much-needed connection to calm ourselves for the important days and weeks ahead.

Charity Navigator WEBINAR: Philanthropy During COVID-19 Outbreak | March 27, 2020

During this one hour, free webinar, you’ll hear from nonprofit leaders and foundations sharing how COVID-19 outbreak is initially impacting philanthropy.

SoCal Grantmakers Webinar: COVID-19 Policy Update with State Lawmakers | March 26, 2020

What COVID-19 efforts are California lawmakers considering to ensure the health, safety, and longevity of Californians and their communities? What is the impact on nonprofits, and how can we get involved? Amid the COVID-19 crisis, nonprofit advocates are working furiously on many fronts. Join us for a live conversation with leading lawmakers.

Teleconference Town Hall: Support for Workers | March 25, 2020

Has your job been affected by COVID-19?

You are invited to join me, Assemblymember Monique Limón, and Congressman Salud Carbajal for a teleconference town hall this Wednesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. to learn about the state programs available to workers affected by COVID-19 as well as your rights under state law.

Leading From Within Virtual Office Hours: A Time to Connect | March 24, 2020

I’d like to invite you all to join my weekly ‘Time to Connect’ on Tuesday at 11am. Last week we had a great group ‘Zoom’ in and check in with each other. Each week we’ll host this space for our network to connect and share what is surfacing for them.

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.