The Collaboration for Social Impact is the newest venture of the Santa Barbara Foundation. Through the Collaboration, we are elevating our commitment to advancing the strength and capacity of the thousands of nonprofits in Santa Barbara County.
Life in the nonprofit world means daily challenges. This includes finding and training effective leaders, collaborating with other nonprofits, and raising enough funds to operate – all while providing services on a daily basis. The Santa Barbara Foundation believes the key to strengthening the social sector is to ensure its leaders and organizations have the knowledge, skills and resources to fulfill their mission. Strong nonprofits lead to a strong community.
Although the industry is a major employer in California, the health of many nonprofits nationally shows a real fragility.
The Social Sector at a Glance
Launched in May 2019, the Collaboration for Social Impact sponsors Leadership Awards to honor inspired individuals and organizations that have demonstrated excellence as emerging leaders, collaborators or visionaries. Learn more about our Leadership Awards.
Visionary Leader Award: Maricela Morales, Executive Director of Central Coast Alliance United for Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)
Better Together Award: Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics collaboration with the Bridge Clinic, which includes Cottage Health, CADA, AEGIS, and New Beginnings Counseling Center | Recently featured in our County Connections Report!
Emerging Leader Awards: Valerie Kissell, Executive Director of Youth & Family Services YMCA (Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter) and Edwin Weaver, Executive Director of Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley
If you are interested in contributing to the Collaboration for Social Impact, we welcome your partnership and appreciate your support.Give Now
The Collaboration for Social Impact (CSI) draws on the expertise of a diverse and experienced group of executive leaders who have long worked on the front lines of nonprofits. The Collaboration will facilitate workshops, seminars, coaching and mentoring, along with public and social sector advocacy. These will be developed and implemented through an ongoing coordination with community leaders and partner organizations. The Collaboration will support capacity building in the areas of leadership development, technical assistance, financial management, technology, cross organizational collaboration, as well as personnel health and wellness.
The development and launch of CSI is advised by an esteemed group of nonprofit executive leaders who live and work throughout Santa Barbara County. Each member will reside on the CSI advisory group for two years.
The CSI Advisory Group includes:
Small Capacity Building Program grants (formerly Express Grants) are awards of up to $5,000 aimed at strengthening the organizational capacity and programmatic effectiveness of nonprofit organizations serving Santa Barbara County.Small Capacity Building Grant Program
The Santa Barbara Foundation sponsored and hosted the inaugural Santa Barbara County Leadership Awards on Tuesday, May 14 in Solvang, California. This joyous event brought together 200 community members in […]
Featured in County Connections Report: Supporting Wellness in Santa Barbara County BY QUINSHA JACKSON-WRIGHT | LEER EN ESPAÑOL The Bridge Clinic, the result of a collaboration between Cottage Hospital and the Santa […]