CADA and the Community: A Life-Changing Partnership

“I think our youngest client this year was 10 years old. Sadly, the age has been skewing lower. Three or four years ago, I would have said 12 was the youngest.” Scott Whiteley, PhD, knows first-hand how the national drug epidemic has specifically impacted Santa Barbara County. His role as executive director of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) provides a front-row seat to the heartbreaking – and courageous – individual struggles that [...more...]

Putting Santa Barbara on the Global Map of Diabetes Research

Santa Barbara has earned global recognition as a premier destination for “sand, sun, and sea” vacations. Yet, one lesser-known facet of this beachfront haven is its pivotal role in pioneering international diabetes research and treatment. [...more...]

 

Giving List Matching Challenges

 

Youth Development

AHA! Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Roxana Petty is understandably proud that AHA! is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2024, marking a quarter-century since the nonprofit’s […more…]

Credible Messengers Freedom 4 Youth

At first blush, Yaskin Solano may seem like a typical native of Santa Barbara. He grew up here, and he […more…]

Both a Therapeutic Preschool and a Safe, Loving Haven Storyteller Children’s Center

A child is a sponge, soaking up experiences and building a worldview. These foundational beginnings are formative. These beginnings can […more…]

The Arts

The Santa Barbara Symphony Brings Music, Joy, and Awe Santa Barbara Symphony

Like all arts organizations, the Santa Barbara Symphony was hit hard by the Covid pandemic, as theaters everywhere were forced […more…]

A Towering Cultural Artistic Force The Granada Theatre

The Granada Theatre has towered over the Santa Barbara area for 100 years, not just as the tallest physical symbol […more…]

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara Museum of Art

It might seem disingenuous to employ the expression “a blessing in disguise” when it comes to Covid. But the truth […more…]

Social Justice

Representation for the Most Vulnerable Legal Aid Foundation

Blind Lady Justice’s proffered balance scales make an eternal and sacrosanct point: Everyone is equal before the law and will […more…]

Taking Bold Climate Action Together Community Environmental Council

Over the last couple of years, the Community Environmental Council (CEC) has dramatically increased its efforts to combat climate change […more…]

Creating Lasting,Progressive Change for All Fund for Santa Barbara

The Fund for Santa Barbara’s powerful catchphrase is: “Change, not charity.” In the spring of 1980, a group of Santa […more…]

Homelessness & Housing

Housing Is a Human Right PATH

In 2015, Casa Esperanza joined forces with PATH, a statewide nonprofit that for 40 years has provided services to more […more…]

New Beginnings New Beginnings

New Beginnings’ Safe Parking program turned 20 earlier this year, a milestone you need to celebrate. On the other hand, […more…]

PATH PATH

A significant number of nonprofits and other organizations have been working to end homelessness in Santa Barbara and across California. […more…]

Global Reach

Search Dog Foundation Named One of the Best Nonprofits to Work For 2024 National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is thrilled to announce it was recently selected as one of the 2024 Best […more…]

Providing Much Needed Help. Anytime. Anywhere. To Anyone in Need. Direct Relief

In November 2022, a tornado tore through Idabel, Oklahoma, demolishing dozens of buildings, including the Kiamichi Family Medical Center. It’s […more…]

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Puts First Responder Boots – and Paws – on the Ground National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

In the wake of Maui’s tragic 2023 wildfires, relief organizations and the goodwill of the world at large poured into […more…]

Giving Paws

Search Dog Foundation Named One of the Best Nonprofits to Work For 2024 National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is thrilled to announce it was recently selected as one of the 2024 Best […more…]

Giving Paws

Keeping People and Their Pets Together Santa Barbara Humane

Santa Barbara Humane, founded in 1887, was one of the first animal welfare agencies in the country, opening nearly seven […more…]

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Puts First Responder Boots – and Paws – on the Ground National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

In the wake of Maui’s tragic 2023 wildfires, relief organizations and the goodwill of the world at large poured into […more…]

Foster Care

Making Summer Camp Accessible to Children and Youth with Disabilities Making Summer Camp Accessible to Children and Youth with Disabilities

“With Wayfinder, we don’t feel like my son has a disability. We feel like everyone else.” This is the gift […more…]

Wayfinder Family Services Wayfinder Family Services

When Gina was preparing to adopt a baby girl, she experienced a rush of thrilling emotions that comes with going […more…]

For the Children

Camp Chit Chat has Begun! Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

Camp Chit Chat has begun at SB RiteCare! Chit Chat is a summer therapy program where 64 children (3–6-year-old) attend […more…]

Cultivating Environmental Stewardship Through Hands-On Learning Explore Ecology

Explore Ecology inspires students and adults alike to become better environmental stewards through three programs that reach over 40,000 community […more…]

Making Summer Camp Accessible to Children and Youth with Disabilities Making Summer Camp Accessible to Children and Youth with Disabilities

“With Wayfinder, we don’t feel like my son has a disability. We feel like everyone else.” This is the gift […more…]

Family Well-Being

Brady United Against Gun Violence Brady | United Against Gun Violence

Brady United Against Gun Violence, aka the Brady Center, marks its 50th anniversary since its founding. But the organization that […more…]

A Century of Helping the Most Underserved Family Service Agency

Marialena, 73, suffered an incredible loss when her husband passed away several years ago. She spoke little English, had little […more…]

Family Service Agency Family Service Agency

Seniors experiencing depression or related mental health challenges have a new resource to help them retain their independence and improve […more…]

Environment

Elings Park Elings Park

Dean Noble, executive director of Elings Park, is fond of comparing Elings to some famous public parks in urban areas.  […more…]

Explore Ecology Explore Ecology

An impact report is normally more of an obligation or a chore for a nonprofit rather than something to brag […more…]

CEC Earth Day Community Environmental Council

One of Santa Barbara’s longest-running community-organized festivals, our Earth Day celebration is also one of the oldest in the country, […more…]

Education

Spring Forward! Gala for the SBCC Foundation SBCC Foundation

The SBCC Foundation’s 5th annual Spring Forward! Gala will be held Saturday, May 4, 2024 on the beautiful Great Meadow of […more…]

A Lifetime of Improved Communication and Confidence for Struggling Children Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

Ever since its inception in 1984, the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Santa Barbara (a program of the CA Scottish […more…]

A Place for Art Lovers of All Ages Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Throughout its history, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art has been bringing people of all ages through a broad array […more…]

Community Treasures

“Play is Not a Luxury” Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

Victoria and Bill Strong brought their baby home with that mix of gratitude and indescribable joy – the heart-squeezing hallmarks […more…]

Garden of Earthly Delights Ganna Walska Lotusland

One of the most iconic public gardens in the world, Lotusland is a 37-acre wonderland of more than 20 distinct […more…]

Nature, Health, and Happiness in the Heart of Santa Barbara Elings Park

In every great city is a community park that serves as its beating heart. Elings Park in Santa Barbara has […more…]

Community Resilience

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Puts First Responder Boots – and Paws – on the Ground National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

In the wake of Maui’s tragic 2023 wildfires, relief organizations and the goodwill of the world at large poured into […more…]

CEC Earth Day Community Environmental Council

One of Santa Barbara’s longest-running community-organized festivals, our Earth Day celebration is also one of the oldest in the country, […more…]

Creating Lasting,Progressive Change for All Fund for Santa Barbara

The Fund for Santa Barbara’s powerful catchphrase is: “Change, not charity.” In the spring of 1980, a group of Santa […more…]

College Access and Higher Education

Explore Ecology Explore Ecology

An impact report is normally more of an obligation or a chore for a nonprofit rather than something to brag […more…]

Advocacy

Save the Date for these Hillside Events! Hillside

Hillside Santa Barbara is hosting two upcoming events so start marking those calendars! On April 6th, Hillside will be hosting […more…]

Putting Santa Barbara on the Global Map of Diabetes Research Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Santa Barbara has earned global recognition as a premier destination for “sand, sun, and sea” vacations. Yet, one lesser-known facet […more…]

Seeding a Brighter, Fairer Future for Santa Barbara Fund for Santa Barbara

The Fund for Santa Barbara, founded in 1980, has always drawn together diverse communities and organizations with the goal of […more…]