Giving Challenges

Matching challenge grants are a tried and true method to drawing in new funders, while maximizing donations from existing supporters. And they often result in revenue that exceeds the initial challenge.
The Giving List has created a pooled fund wherein donors can offer challenge grants to participating nonprofits in the physical books and online.
Please look at some of those evolving challenges BELOW.
And if you are a donor interested in creating a match to amplify your giving, please reach out to us directly.

The Power of the Match

A tried-and-true method to attract new donors and catalyze existing ones are matching funds. As an example of the efficacy of such efforts, in 2020, the annual NewsMatch campaign – aimed at nonprofit journalism organizations and funded by the nation’s most notable journalism funders – leveraged $6.7 million in matching funds to generate more than $47 million from individual donors.  Natalie Orfalea Foundation Executive Director Marybeth Carty Understanding this, The Giving List set up a committee-advised fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation to raise matching funds to be deployed to the nonprofits that appeared in its pages. In total, The [...more...]

Environmental Defense Center Environmental Defense Center

Exactly one month from this issue’s publication, the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) will be having a 45th anniversary celebration at […more…]

NatureTrack’s Annual Docent Appreciation Celebration on the Water This Year NatureTrack

A lovely, lighthearted day on Lake Cachuma greeted NatureTrack (NT) founder Sue Eisaguirre as she treated nearly 50 docents to a […more…]

Family Service Agency Elects New Board Co-Presidents, Officers Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County announced that it has voted in a new slate of leadership for […more…]

Hospice of Santa Barbara and Mi Vida, Mi Voz Spread the Word in English and Spanish Hospice of Santa Barbara

Get it Done SB! and Mi Regalo Initiatives Launched to Encourage SB Community to plan ahead by completing their Medical […more…]

Santa Barbara RiteCare Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

When we connected last week, Santa Barbara RiteCare center director and speech-language pathologist Julie DeAngelis was particularly excited to talk […more…]

Experience Freedom Trax with NatureTrack NatureTrack

Sunday, May 15 @ Goleta Beach Park On Sunday, May 15, from 12 noon to 4pm, NatureTrack will be at […more…]

Light Up Green for Mental Health Month Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency Advocates for Mental Wellness May is the time to raise awareness of those living with mental or […more…]

CommUnify and Head Start at 55 CommUnify

Head Start, the federal early childhood education program, was established in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on […more…]

Family Service Agency Event Brings Awareness to Youth Mental Health Needs Family Service Agency

Virtual and In-Person Presentations on Thursday, May 12 Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Family Service Agency (FSA) […more…]

NatureTrack’s Documentary “The Accessible Outdoors” Chosen for SLO Film Festival Program April 26 – May 1, 2022 NatureTrack

“We’re thrilled beyond belief to have our film screen so close to the home base of NatureTrack in Los Olivos,” […more…]

What Dreams May Come Dream Foundation

In the quarter-century since its founding, Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization serving terminally-ill adults, has provided end-of-life Dreams […more…]

NatureTrack/Explore Ecology/Freedom Trax Take the Beach at Hendry’s  NatureTrack

On Sunday, NatureTrack (NT) provided the super power of navigating the great outdoors independently to wheelchair users with the Freedom […more…]

Calling All Nature-Loving Wheelchair Users! Explore and Experience Freedom Trax at Pismo State Beach NatureTrack

On Sunday, April 3, from noon to 4pm, NatureTrack will be at Pismo State Beach  to introduce those who use […more…]

NatureTrack NatureTrack

You’d be hard-pressed to find nonprofits with an origin story more organic and homespun than NatureTrack. The organization was founded […more…]

Turo Doubles Its Commitment to Making End-of-Life Dreams Come True Dream Foundation

The world’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace and Dream Foundation will fulfill twice the number of final Dreams for terminally-ill […more…]

Explore Ecology Explore Ecology

It’s a big honor for Explore Ecology to be receiving Santa Barbara Permaculture Network’s Local Food Hero Award at the […more…]

Calling All Nature-Loving Wheelchair Users! NatureTrack

Explore Gaviota Beach Using Freedom Trax On Sunday, March 13, from noon to 4pm, NatureTrack will be at Gaviota State […more…]

Brain Lab Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

In 2012, we launched an after-school literacy program called Brain Lab. This program is designed for students in first grade […more…]

Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Beloved Bear Program OffersComforting Remembrance During a Time of Grief Hospice of Santa Barbara

Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB)’s Beloved Bear Program offers a soft comforting remembrance during a time of grief by making […more…]

CommUnify CommUnify

If the name CommUnify doesn’t ring a bell, Patricia Keelean, the nonprofit’s chief executive officer, thinks she knows why.  “We […more…]

89-Year-Old Santa Rosa Woman’s Last Dance Dream Foundation

National dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults to help host 90th birthday dance party Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization […more…]

Experience Freedom Trax with NatureTrack This Sunday at Goleta Beach Park NatureTrack

This coming Sunday Feb. 13, from 10am to 1pm, NatureTrack will be at Goleta Beach Park to introduce those who […more…]

Gilead Sciences, Inc. to Help Dream Foundation Fulfill the Final Dreams of More Than 85 Terminally-Ill Adults Dream Foundation

Grant funding will bring inspiration, comfort and closure to those facing the end of life.  Dream Foundation is announcing the […more…]

Feeding the Flock Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary

The COVID crisis has been quite a challenge for nearly everyone in the world. But for Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary […more…]

Hospice of Santa Barbara Virtual illuminate Speaker Series Returns with Sharon Salzberg on February 16, 2022 from 6 to 7 pm PDT. Hospice of Santa Barbara

Since 2020, Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) has adjusted to the new realities that come with COVID-19 by creating their […more…]

Camp Chit Chat Applications Are Open! Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

Link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdYRM7gLiADn6ICahwDOG7eR8m7WKuzj4daAe0R8Vpy9-E0qg/viewform?usp=sf_link Applications due April 15th! What are the camp dates?June 6th to July 28th.  All children […more…]

NatureTrack Demonstrates How Wheelchair Users Can Get Back to Nature with Freedom Trax – Giving All Access on the Beach a New Look NatureTrack

On the second Sunday of every month, NatureTrack, whose mission is to connect kids to nature is collaborating with Explore […more…]

Awards Coming in for NatureTrack New Documentary “The Accessible Outdoors” NatureTrack

The Accessible Outdoors, the new short live action documentary presented by Golden Cage Films and NatureTrack Foundation is taking on […more…]

NatureTrack Spreads Message on the Importance of Nature to All Humans with New Documentary “The Accessible Outdoors” NatureTrack

Presented by Golden Cage Films & NatureTrack The Accessible Outdoors, the new short live action documentary presented by Golden Cage […more…]

Honored for All Lifetimes Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara

Isaac Garrett was 22 years old in 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln […more…]

The Stress Busters Wilderness Youth Project

When California’s Surgeon General announced in January that the state was adding “access to nature” to its list of seven […more…]

Lyndsey’s Legacy White Buffalo Land Trust

Long before she got sick, Lyndsey McMorrow believed it was possible for people to be conscious stewards of the earth. […more…]

Building a Resilient Food System Santa Barbara County Food Action Network

Boasting a year-round growing calendar, Santa Barbara County is known as a food mecca, ranking in the top one percent […more…]

Where Children Find their Voices Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

Little Ryan was only three years old when he was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), an uncommon motor […more…]

A Sanctuary for Exotic Birds Stays Aloft Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary

People call Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary (SBBS) Founder Jamie McLeod a warrior for good reason. She’s tough, resolute, and fiercely […more…]

Innovative Solutions to Complex Problems New Beginnings

When it comes to the rampant issue of homelessness in California, there are no miracle cures or easy fixes. New […more…]

Access to Nature for ALL NatureTrack

In the ten years that NatureTrack has been taking Santa Barbara County’s school-age kids on outdoor field trips, Steve Schulz […more…]

A Human-Centered Approach Hospice of Santa Barbara

The modern hospice movement was born in 1967 in a leafy neighborhood of southeast London when a nurse named Dame […more…]

Inspiring a Future Generation of Leaders Girls Inc. Carpinteria

At Girls Inc. Carpinteria, the work of empowering girls to ensure they have the tools to reach their full potential […more…]

Family Ties Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency is a Santa Barbara institution, as much a part of local history as major landmarks like the […more…]

ETC Reopens Its Doors Ensemble Theatre Company

Eight years ago, when the Victoria Hall Theater underwent a $12.6 million renovation that transformed the historic venue into The […more…]

Meeting the Moment of the Climate Crisis Community Environmental Council

The time for action on climate change is now. For the Community Environmental Council (CEC), an environmental stalwart on the […more…]

Empowering the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards Explore Ecology

In 1990, a group of parents excited about the potential of creative reuse and worried about the lack of funding […more…]

The Environment’s Advocate Environmental Defense Center

In 1969, a major blowout at Union Oil’s Platform A caused an estimated four million gallons of crude to pour […more…]

When Dreams Come True Dream Foundation

Shortly before dying from terminal cancer six years ago, Gary began filming videos with his four-year-old daughter Bailey. The hope […more…]

Uniting Santa Barbara Against Poverty CommUnify

People in the nonprofit world often talk about “A Tale of Two Santa Barbaras” to describe the county’s gaping wealth […more…]