A Lifetime of Improved Communication and Confidence for Struggling Children

Ever since its inception in 1984, the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Santa Barbara (a program of the CA Scottish Rite Foundation) has been the only program in Santa Barbara County offering free language and speech therapy for children. For those unable to afford private language therapy, RiteCare’s speech-language, literacy, and education therapy programs for preschoolers can result in improved communication and confidence that last a lifetime.   Its programs are more extensive than what [...more...]

Elings Park

Dean Noble, executive director of Elings Park, is fond of comparing Elings to some famous public parks in urban areas.  “What Central Park is to New York, and Golden Gate Park is to San Francisco, [...more...]

 

Giving List Matching Challenges

 

Youth Development

Supporting High-Achieving, Low-Income Students the Santa Barbara Way Mission Scholars

Imagine a kid. He’s your son, and he has big plans. He wants to attend college and launch a startup. […more…]

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…]

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…]

The Arts

UCSB A&L UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Arts & Lectures’ fall season was one for the ages, with enviable events throughout the breadth of its programming. […more…]

FREE Summer Films at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden  UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Arts & Lectures and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture present Sun, Surf and Cinema, Friday nights […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…]

Social Justice

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…]

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…]

Holocaust Museum Holocaust Museum LA

Holocaust Museum LA was founded in 1961 by a group of survivors who met each other in an ESL class […more…]

Performing Arts

UCSB Arts & Lectures Announces its 65th Anniversary 2024-2025 Season Featuring More than 47 Events UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L), the Central Coast’s premier arts presenting organization, announces its 65th Anniversary 2024-2025 season of live events. […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…]

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

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…]

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…]

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…]

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

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…]

“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…]

Visual Arts and Design Academy Friends of the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA)

Mark your calendar for July 20. That’s the date when the contractors will hand over the keys to the new […more…]

Family Well-Being

Gwendolyn Strong Foundation Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

You’d be hard-pressed to find a local nonprofit that brought its outsized quest to fruition more speedily than did the […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…]

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

Reversing the Threat of the Climate Crisis Community Environmental Council

Our climate is in crisis. Record-setting heat waves. Larger and more destructive wildfires. An historic megadrought, hotter and drier than […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…]

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…]

Education

Applications to Camp Chit Chat Now Open! Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

Santa Barbara Ritecare Language Center is now accepting applications to this summer’s Camp Chit Chat! Follow this link to apply! […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…]

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…]

Community Treasures

Gwendolyn Strong Foundation Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

You’d be hard-pressed to find a local nonprofit that brought its outsized quest to fruition more speedily than did the […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

Courtney Cazenave Joins Family Service Agency Board of Directors Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County, also known as Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center and Guadalupe’s […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…]

Catholic Charities Catholic Charities

As centennial celebrations go, the commemoration may not be as center-of-attention as that of the Granada Theatre or Old Spanish […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

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…]

Show Gun Safety – Modeling Safe Gun Use in TV and Film Brady | United Against Gun Violence

In the world of TV and cinema, being shot with a handgun often has the fallout of a stubbed toe […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…]