Nutrition to Thrive During Cancer

Malnutrition is one of the most common – and most serious – side effects of cancer and its treatment. It affects up to 80% of cancer patients according to the National Cancer Institute. Victor Bartolome, Santa Barbara resident and former NBA basketball player, knows this better than anyone. After experiencing five years of chemotherapy and its debilitating side effects, including no appetite and weight loss, he was at great risk of malnutrition. “I was in [...more...]

Making College Degrees
Affordable and Accessible

While serving a 13-year prison sentence, Alberto “Berto” Lule started to draw cartoons as an escape. That led to reading books on art history, and when Berto left prison, he had a burning desire to [...more...]

 

Giving List Matching Challenges

 

Youth Development

A Century of Service United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) marks its 100-year anniversary in 2023. As the organization celebrates this century of […more…]

Giving Young Gearheads the Green Light to a Better Future The Community Hot Rod Project, Inc.

Santa Barbara native Kevin Haeberle has been a self-described “gearhead” ever since his dad taught him how to work on […more…]

Santa Barbara’s African American Youth Making the case for Community Success Endowment for Youth Community

In the 36 years since the Endowment for Youth Community (EYC) was founded, Santa Barbara’s Black community has shrunk from […more…]

The Arts

Bringing Joy, Engagement, and Connection – Through Music Santa Barbara Symphony

Music is the soundtrack of our lives. From the morning radio alarm, to the headphones fueling your run, to your […more…]

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

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has distinguished itself through its track record of informative and fascinating exhibitions and programs […more…]

2022-23, an Incredible Run For UCSB Arts & Lectures UCSB Arts & Lectures

The stage is set, the curtain has been raised, and live performances are back for UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) […more…]

Senior and Speciality Compassion Care

A Place to Call Home for Struggling Seniors The Rona Barrett Foundation

Long before entertainment news trailblazer Rona Barrett interviewed everyone from Raquel Welch to Tom Cruise, she was a young girl […more…]

Providing Compassionate Care in a Loving Community Hillside

If ever a well-known Latin phrase epitomized a venerable Santa Barbara organization, “in loco parentis” (“in place of a parent”) […more…]

Nourishment

Nutrition to Thrive During Cancer Organic Soup Kitchen

Malnutrition is one of the most common – and most serious – side effects of cancer and its treatment. It […more…]

Soup-ing up the Holidays Organic Soup Kitchen

For a decade, the Organic Soup Kitchen (OSK) hosted community meals on Christmas Day at the Veterans Memorial Building on […more…]

Cultivating a Robust Local Food System Santa Barbara County Food Action Network

We all know the basic needs of life: air, water, food, and shelter. Here in Santa Barbara County, all four […more…]

Homelessness & Housing

Safety for Those Who Need It Most New Beginnings

New Beginnings Executive Director Kristine Schwarz swung into action after learning that a nursing home was about to release one […more…]

Ending the Crisis of Our Time PATH

When your mission is to end homelessness in California, watching the number of unsheltered people continue to climb across the […more…]

Healthcare

Celebrating 100 Years of Lifesaving Insulin Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Dr. William Sansum, renowned diabetes specialist and Sansum Diabetes Research Institute’s (SDRI) founder, was the first U.S. physician to manufacture […more…]

Comprehensive, No-cost Healthcare for Those Who Need It Most Savie Health

In 2011, Dr. Ahmad Nooristani had an important realization. Many of the low-income (frequently undocumented) patients he was treating in […more…]

101 Years of Groundbreaking Medical Excellence Sansum Clinic

Take a look at any person in front or back of you in line at the grocery store, and chances […more…]

Global Reach

A Watchful Eye on the Crises of Our Time Human Rights Watch

Don’t ever ask Director of Human Rights Watch Santa Barbara Lis Leader to pit one human rights crisis against another. […more…]

Repairing the World, Helping the Unsheltered, and Building a Community Campus – Congregation B’nai B’rith Congregation B’nai B’rith

Tikkun olam, translated as “repairing the world,” is one of the most important social justice concepts of contemporary Judaism. The […more…]

Global Aid in Time of Global Crisis Direct Relief

In 1945, William Zimdin, an Estonian immigrant who had fled fascism to California, dedicated his fortune to sending relief parcels […more…]

Giving Paws

From the Tragedy of the Oklahoma City Bombing Was Born a Human-Canine Bond That Relentlessly Saves Lives National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

When two children got lost during a hike in rural New York with oncoming rain commingling with the darkening night, […more…]

A Pawsitive Impact for Pets C.A.R.E.4Paws

While shelters along California’s Central Coast do their best to provide care for abandoned dogs and cats, the facilities can […more…]

For the Children

Giving Children the Power to Speak Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

Julie DeAngelis helps children to speak clearly. Even those who still want to wear COVID-19 masks to hide their language […more…]

Meet the Unprecedented Needs for Children in Foster Care Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County

While statewide data lags, it is clear that the number of children entering foster care in Santa Barbara County has […more…]

Family Well-Being

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…]

“Littles” and “Middles” Need Special Care when Going through Grief Hospice of Santa Barbara

Many people think of “hospice” purely as end-of-life medical care. In fact, hospice care is so much more. Hospice of […more…]

“A Hand Up” Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People

“People Helping People is about an outpouring of generosity from community people volunteering to help people in the community,” says […more…]

Environment

Together We Can Make Oceans of Difference Marine Conservation Network

This year, with more than 11 billion snow crabs disappearing from the sea floor, the Alaskan snow crab fishing season […more…]

A Living Laboratory for Regenerative Agriculture White Buffalo Land Trust

White Buffalo Land Trust has a vital purpose: to restore the ecosystem through agriculture and in the process directly address […more…]

Lotusland: An Oasis of Rare Plant Life Ganna Walska Lotusland

Nestled on a 37-acre Montecito estate, Lotusland is a Botanical Garden paradise purchased in 1941 by Madame Ganna Walska, a […more…]

Education

Fostering a Lifelong Fascination with Nature NatureTrack

There’s a new crisis in our midst: kids spending too much time indoors and online. There’s even a name for […more…]

Saying Yes to Students Who Need a Supportive School Community Dunn School

“Ne Tentes Aut Perfice.”  This is the Latin motto that students and faculty at Dunn School, a private co-ed college […more…]

Making College Degrees
Affordable and Accessible
SBCC Foundation

While serving a 13-year prison sentence, Alberto “Berto” Lule started to draw cartoons as an escape. That led to reading […more…]

Community Resilience

Clean Coalition: Resilience Through Solar Clean Coalition

The 70 miles of coast spanning Lake Casitas to Point Conception and including Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara, and Goleta, is […more…]

We Need to Talk Common Table Foundation

Almost everyone is aware that America’s current cultural climate is perhaps more polarized than at any time since the Civil […more…]

No Burden Is Too Heavy if We All Lift Together No Burden Is Too Heavy if We All Lift Together

The origin story of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade is the stuff of legend – and for good reason. In […more…]

Advocacy

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…]

Keeping Its Doors Open for Everyone… No Matter What Planned Parenthood California Central Coast

Jenna Tosh watched the erosion of reproductive rights in America for years and knew Roe vs. Wade would one day […more…]

Closing the Justice Gap Legal Aid Foundation

Civil legal representation is expensive. Even basic legal services cost thousands of dollars. If you are struggling to pay rent, […more…]