Marine Watchdogs Mission Goals for 2024

Marine Watchdogs is expanding their ocean preservation activities in 2024 with new events, educational media and research. Their biggest focus this year is on reducing single-use plastic trash. With the equivalent of a truckload of plastic entering the ocean every minute, it's impossible to remove it fast enough, so the Watchdogs campaign emphasizes eliminating unnecessary disposable plastics to reduce that flow of plastic trash. The campaign includes a database of biodegradable alternatives to single-use plastic products [...more...]

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

Imagine a kid. He’s your son, and he has big plans. He wants to attend college and launch a startup. He wants to change the world. He always aims high, and he usually succeeds, even [...more...]

 

Giving List Matching Challenges

 

Youth Development

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…]

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…]

AHA!’s Teens Are Fulfilled Adults-in-Waiting Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

A teenager is much more than a preincarnate adult. The average teen’s roiling hormones and fraught search for self are […more…]

The Arts

Santa Barbara Symphony  Santa Barbara Symphony

For the Santa Barbara Symphony, the 2023-24 season expresses a number of the outreach efforts in its mission: to enrich […more…]

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…]

2023-2024, Another Adventurous, Must-See Season for UCSB Arts & Lectures UCSB Arts & Lectures

There are any number of terrific organizations that create, produce, present, or import arts and entertainment events in Santa Barbara. […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

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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

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…]

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

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 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…]

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 Well-Being

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…]

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…]

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…]

Environment

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…]

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…]

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…]

Education

California Missions Foundation: Our Mission is Historic Preservation California Missions Foundation

The California Missions matter. Historic preservation keeps alive our history and it allows us to remember the stories and experiences […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…]

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…]

Community Treasures

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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

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…]

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…]

Legal Aid Assists Struggling Homeowners with Foreclosure Prevention and Mortgage Relief  Legal Aid Foundation

Across the county, financial hardships have either been created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For homeowners who experienced reductions […more…]