What We Do

For over 90 years, the Santa Barbara Foundation has been a catalyst for change. We analyze issues to identify challenges that burden people every day in Santa Barbara County. We convene community stakeholders to build coalitions and partner with nonprofits and other leaders working on the front lines. Together, we chart a direction and mobilize people like you to support the dynamic initiatives that makes this a better place, now and for generations to come.

Priorities for Impact

The Santa Barbara Foundation has recently gone through a two-year process to understand how we can have the greatest impact on solving our county’s most crucial problems. We determined that over the next five years (2018-2023) our Strategic Priorities will include a heightened commitment to supporting our most vulnerable populations, by addressing basic human needs. We will also invest in finding creative solutions to problems that impede working families. View our 2018-2023 Strategic Priorities Summary.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting these Strategic Priorities:


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