A Community Philanthropic North Star

Jackie Carrera, President and CEO, Santa Barbara Foundation. (photo by Dean Zatkowsky) Santa Barbara Foundation’s latest report on the State of Nonprofits in Santa Barbara County, published in autumn of 2023, indicates that the total of such organizations has now soared past 2,000 – a significant number considering that the county’s total population is just a tad over 455,000. It might seem both difficult and daunting to navigate among nonprofits, given that there are multiple, [...more...]

Learning From the Past: Preserving California’s Mission History

Under the leadership of David Bolton for the last 12 years, the California Missions Foundation has raised millions of dollars to preserve the state’s collection of historic Spanish missions and made their priceless collection of [...more...]

 

Giving List Matching Challenges

 

Youth Development

Access to Nature: NatureTrack’s Transformative Mission NatureTrack

In 2011, Sue Eisaguirre initiated a mission to bridge the gap between students and nature, ultimately founding NatureTrack, a thriving […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…]

CADA and the Community: A Life-Changing Partnership Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse CADA

“I think our youngest client this year was 10 years old. Sadly, the age has been skewing lower. Three or […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…]

Friends of VADA – Helping Students Achieve Their Highest Potential Friends of the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA)

Who are we? The Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) at Santa Barbara High School is a unique “school within […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…]

Social Justice

Inspiring a More Dignified and Humane World Holocaust Museum LA

On a recent morning at Holocaust Museum LA (HMLA), Betsy, a docent, was leading a tour group of 20 LA […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…]

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…]

Homelessness & Housing

Ending Veteran Homelessness New Beginnings

New Beginnings has an ambitious and lofty goal for 2025: ending veteran homelessness in Santa Barbara County. It’s not a […more…]

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…]

Global Reach

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…]

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…]

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…]

Giving Paws

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…]

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…]

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…]

For the Children

Providing Food, Shelter, and Clothing for the Most Vulnerable Catholic Charities

Until a person can eat, sleep, and have a roof over one’s head, their mental and physical energy is consumed […more…]

Family Service Agency’s ‘Whole-Person’ Approach Provides Life-Sustaining Help Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency’s (FSA) work is the very stuff that powers a vibrant community from within and makes it whole. […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…]

Family Well-Being

SEE International Helps Save Sight Around the Globe SEE International

More than one billion people worldwide live with treatable vision loss due to a lack of quality eye care. While […more…]

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…]

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…]

Environment

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…]

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…]

White Buffalo Land Trust White Buffalo Land Trust

Regenerative agriculture has the potential to provide meaningful work and living wages to farmers while feeding millions of people, sequestering […more…]

Education

Food is Medicine is Community Sweet Wheel Farms / S.B. Agriculture & Farm Education Foundation

The Community Farm is surely the jewel in the crown of communal self-reliance. Here we have a plot of food-producing […more…]

Local Solutions, Regional Partnerships, Global Impact White Buffalo Land Trust

At a moment when news about the fate of the Earth may seem apocalyptic, White Buffalo Land Trust is providing […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…]

Community Treasures

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…]

“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…]

Community Resilience

Providing Food, Shelter, and Clothing for the Most Vulnerable Catholic Charities

Until a person can eat, sleep, and have a roof over one’s head, their mental and physical energy is consumed […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…]

Your Neighborhood Eyes and Ears When Disaster Strikes M.E.R.R.A.G.

When a calamity befalls us, we are reassured that our First Responder protectors are on the job and doing their […more…]

Advocacy

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…]

The Fund for Santa Barbara Fund for Santa Barbara

The Supreme Court ruling that reversed the half-century old landmark Roe v. Wade decision had been handed down only hours […more…]

Racial Equity Fund of Santa Barbara County in partnership with The Fund for Santa Barbara Fund for Santa Barbara

On Tuesday January 11th, 2022, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved moving forward with Racial Equity Fund of […more…]