Santa Barbara County Leadership Awards

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 2019 Award Recipients



Visionary Leader Award

The Visionary Leader Award recognizes an individual whose career has achieved extraordinary impact within the nonprofit sector, addressing one or more of Santa Barbara County’s most pressing long-term challenges. This individual demonstrates “out of the box” thinking that has led to enhancing the economic, cultural or social well-being of the County.

The Visionary Leader Award includes $75,000 to be allocated in support of the individual’s compensation and benefits ($25,000), general operating support for the nonprofit organization ($40,000), as well as staff training and development ($10,000).



Better Together Award

The Better Together Award honors a nonprofit organization that has built collaborative relationships with other nonprofits, businesses or individuals whose combined efforts have had a significant, positive and systemic impact.

The Better Together Award includes $25,000 to directly benefit the collaboration or partnership.



Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award celebrates and calls attention to the promise and impact of talented nonprofit leaders that have recently made it to the top of their organization or are on their way.

The Emerging Leader Award includes $5,000 for the individual’s compensation and benefits. There will be two (2) Emerging Leader Awards.