Our Mission

The mission of the Santa Barbara Foundation is to mobilize collective wisdom and philanthropic capital to build empathetic, inclusive and resilient communities.

The Band Shell in Pershing Park

During the Great Depression, the Santa Barbara Foundation supported outdoor summer concerts at what was then known as Plaza Del Mar. The public concerts raised community morale during the hard economic times.

About Us

The Santa Barbara Foundation exists for one reason – to improve the lives of the residents and the vibrancy of the unique and diverse communities throughout Santa Barbara County.

We do that by mobilizing our county’s best resources – our people, our knowledge, and our desire for change and improvement. As a leader and partner, we gather people to address the communities’ most pressing needs. Our goal is to harness the intellectual and philanthropic resources available and invest in solutions to the problems that challenge our community.

For 93 years, our donors have entrusted us to invest their charitable dollars with empathy and an eye toward significant and measurable impact. Our work is only possible through our donors and partners, who support initiatives ranging from the essential necessities of everyday life to the innovative programs that will lead us collectively to a better future.

Our History

Since 1928, the Foundation’s goal has been, and always will be, to enhance the live of those who call our county home. Below are some of SBF’s most impactful community contributions during our 92-year history.

View our 2019 Annual Report to learn more about our recent impact in Santa Barbara County.

Our Commitment to Transparency

Our commitment to you is to offer clear, transparent information about our financial position and activities as we continue to further the long-term vision and mission of the foundation through solid financial practices. Our Audited Financial Statements and IRS Form 990 are available to view. We encourage you to contact us with any specific questions.

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The Santa Barbara Foundation is a dynamic organization that thrives on creativity and powerful ideas. We seek individuals who share a commitment to catalyze change and support the common good.

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