Nonprofit Partners

Shining a Light on the Power of Community College

As told to Brian Rinker Geoff Green’s mantra is “of, by, and for.” Having learned the value of both activism and philanthropy at an early age, he witnessed the power of people organizing on their own behalf. As a result, Green says it’s his “obligation to be part of the solution.” That’s what he had been doing for the last 25 years, working as a community organizer and philanthropic leader on issues of racial equity, affordable housing, and environmental justice, before becoming the top executive at Santa Barbara City College Foundation. There he took on its mission of helping people [...more...]

Santa Barbara Foundation Leads Our Philanthropic Community Through Thick and Thin

There are an estimated 1,900 nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara County, each dedicated to helping the community in some way. Perhaps the most complex, comprehensive, and inclusive of them all, though, is the multifaceted Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF), which lies at the heart of the region’s philanthropic efforts. Last year, the Foundation, through the generosity of its donors, provided more than $31 million to the community. While this metric is important, it by no means paints a complete picture of what SBF does. “We have the ability – beyond the dollars – to show up in a variety of ways [...more...]

A Commitment to the Central Coast

Santa Barbara is a proud community with an independent identity, and residents chafe at any hint that they live in a suburb of Los Angeles. So, when KCRW bought the venerable, but faltering, classical-music station KDB in 2014, many were nervous. A locally owned community asset was being swallowed by a public-radio powerhouse deeply rooted in L.A.  Among the skeptics was Geoff Green, despite being a KCRW member.  “My first question was: ‘Okay, is this really going to be a Santa Barbara effort?’” Green, a local nonprofit veteran who once ran the Fund for Santa Barbara, says. Or, as he [...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…]

The Elephant Project The Elephant Project

Estimates say that there are nearly 2,000 nonprofits in Santa Barbara County, each with a mission of supporting the local […more…]

Virtual Meet the Doctor: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments of Brain Tumors Cottage Health

The Cottage Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute will present a free Virtual Meet the Doctor event on Thursday, June 30, from […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…]

The Riviera Ridge School The Riviera Ridge School

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” Shakespeare […more…]

Plastic Pollution Coalition Plastic Pollution Coalition

In one of the funnier moments in the famous 1967 film The Graduate, a friend of Ben’s parents takes him […more…]

La Granja Más Pequeña Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Nueva sesión para La Granja Más Pequeña — ¡Regístrese ahora! Adolescentes: aprenden habilidades biodinámicas para manejar una granja, de una […more…]

Littlest Little Farm Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Summer sessions for Littlest Little Farm are ENROLLING NOW! Teens: Learn regenerative farming skills in a fun, supportive, caring community! PROGRAM […more…]

New Members and Chair Named for Cottage Health Board of Directors Cottage Health

Roberta L. Griffin, Dr. Robin Malone, and Dr. Wesley Schooler have joined the volunteer Board of Directors for Cottage Health, […more…]

Cottage Health Research Institute and Community Researchers Gather for 2022 Collaborative Research Symposium  Cottage Health

Physicians, nurses, UCSB scientists and other researchers gathered on April 22 for the 2022 Collaborative Research Symposium, hosted by the […more…]

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation Reaching Higher Together Cottage Health

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation announces the public phase of Reaching Higher Together: The Cottage Campaign for Excellence with $15M […more…]

Clay Studio Clay Studio

Clay Studio Founder and Executive Director Patrick Hall credits working with clay for a dramatic shift in his life from […more…]

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Serves up Music, Tech, and Culinary Delights for Students this Summer Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) has been well-known for the opportunities it provides Santa Barbara Unified students throughout the school […more…]

 El Capitan Canyon  Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Camp 1: Sunday, June 19th, 4 pm-Wednesday, June 22nd, 12 noon Camp 2: Wednesday, June 22nd, 4 pm-Saturday, June 25th, 12 […more…]

Cañón del Capitán Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Campamento 1: domingo 19 de junio, 16 horas-miércoles 22 de junio, 12 del mediodía;Campamento 2: miércoles 22 de junio, 16 […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…]

SB Unified Superintendent and Students Present at the State of Our Schools  Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Speaking to community members at the Elings Park Amphitheater, Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Hilda Maldonado and students […more…]

Freedom 4 Youth  Freedom 4 Youth

Freedom 4 Youth Development Director Dylan Griffith likes to toss out a quote his mentor once told him that sticks […more…]

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Less than three weeks after this issue of the MJ hits newsstands, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute will mark an incredible […more…]

Introducing Children’s Outdoor Clay Camp! Clay Studio

Clay Studio is excited to announce that registration is now live for our Children’s Outdoor Clay Camp! Our camp will […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…]

Abby Pickens Named New Program Manager for NatureTrack NatureTrack

NatureTrack brings on Abby Pickens to be the new Program Manager for their “Fostering a Lifelong Fascination with Nature” outdoor […more…]

Mission Scholars Nabs Its Second Gates Scholar in Three Years Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Last month, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation selected Santa Barbara High School senior Larry Bermudez as a recipient of […more…]

An Opportunity for Collective Impact  Fund for Santa Barbara

At The Fund for Santa Barbara, our mission is to advance progressive change by strengthening movements for Economic, Environmental, Political, […more…]

Save the Date for Redwings!  Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary is excited to announce their 2nd Annual Block Party Fundraising Event, to be held on Sunday, September […more…]

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Brings Hope to Students by Raising $150,000 Santa Barbara Education Foundation

On Thursday, April 28, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation hosted the Hope Awards to celebrate individuals and programs supporting students […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…]

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…]

Library Friends: They’ll Be There for You Friends of the Montecito Library

It’s not hard to get a clear picture of the breadth of the age range served by the Montecito Library. […more…]

The Elephant Project X Chantecaille in Support Of African Elephants The Elephant Project

Inspiring the Next Generation of Young Conservationists In honor of Earth Day, April 22nd, 2022, The Elephant Project and Chantecaille […more…]

Organic Soup Kitchen Awarded $2,500 Matching Grant from The Jessica and Kevin Brine Foundation and The Giving List Organic Soup Kitchen

Organic Soup Kitchen has been named a recipient of The Jessica and Kevin Brine Foundation and The Giving List’s $2,500 […more…]

Hospice of Santa Barbara Hospice of Santa Barbara

Lots of people in Santa Barbara might have only become more aware of Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) over the […more…]

Return of AHA! Sing It Out! Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

It’s that time of the year! Tickets for our favorite event are on sale at the Lobero Theatre box office. Following […more…]

Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley Fighting Back Santa Maria

Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley (FBSMV) does some very important and impactful work. Since its founding in 2003 as a […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…]

After 12 years of Leadership, Santa Barbara Education’s Executive Director will Step Aside Santa Barbara Education Foundation

After stewarding the Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s steady growth for more than a decade, Executive Director Margie Yahyavi plans to […more…]

Hillside House Hillside House

Back in 1955, Hillside House relocated to what was then a state-of-the-art facility capable of housing and caring for children […more…]

Redwings’ Latest Rescues: Snickers and Humphrey Bogart  Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary has two brand new rescue horses, Snickers and Humphrey Bogart!  Snickers, a Shetland pony, was first rescued […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…]

Sculpting a Legacy Clay Studio

In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Clay Studio is honored to present “Sculpting a Legacy,” on display at their gallery […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…]

Hospice of Santa Barbara Virtual illuminate Speaker Series Presents Amanda Kloots on April 20, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:00 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…]

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/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…]

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…]

Redwings Horse Sanctuary Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Back in 2006, the year before horse slaughter in the U.S. ceased for good, the last three such stateside slaughterhouse […more…]

Chocolate 101 Clay Studio

Clay Studio is excited to present Chocolate 101: a unique Chocolate tasting workshop with Dr. Eric & Cassandra of Figs […more…]

Casa Del Herrero News Casa del Herrero

Casa del Herrero – Montecito’s National Historic Landmark – announced last week that an art exhibition at the property, Channing […more…]

A Global Plastics Treaty to “Turn Off the Tap” Wins Support at UNEA Plastic Pollution Coalition

In what is being heralded as a historic win for advocates working to tackle the plastic pollution crisis, parties to […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…]

AHA! Peace Builders Mid-Year Conference: Approaching Injustice with Grace Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

AHA! Peace Builders Junior High, High School, and Alumni are Welcome – Get community service hours for attending– Pizza lunch […more…]

Keep the Beat Instrument Drive Brings in Over 140 Instruments for School Music Programs Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Last month, 99.9 KTYD dedicated all of February to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Keep the Beat Instrument Drive. The […more…]

California State University Channel Islands CSU Channel Islands

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) has served as a landing spot for underrepresented minorities and/or the economically disadvantaged since […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…]

Introducing Little Bit of Stardust Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Little Bit of Stardust, or Little Bit, is technically a miniature horse, although he usually gets called a pony. He […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…]

Mentors 4 College Kicks Off “Diversity 1000” Expansion Program Mentors 4 College

Mentors 4 College, a unique, one-to-one college mentoring program for high school students and their parents, announced today that it […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…]

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…]

Community Counseling and Education Center Community Counseling and Education Center

“What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours,” Dinah Washington sang in 1959. “What a difference a day made, […more…]

Clay Studio Art & Raku Giveaway! Clay Studio

This February Clay Studio is giving away a piece of art by celebrated ceramicist Patrick Hall, as well as free […more…]

Brandon Battle Appointed AHA! Director of Programs Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Santa Barbara’s leading social and emotional intelligence program, AHA!, has announced the appointment of Brandon Battle as Director of Programs, […more…]

Melissa Lowenstein, M.Ed., has been promoted to Director of Training at AHA!. Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

Melissa has been foundational in the evolution of AHA!, having started with the organization in 2011 and contributed as grant […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…]

Clean Coalition: Finding Creative Solutions to Renewables-Driven Energy Resilience Clean Coalition

Last summer, just a couple of months before Montecito Journal’s 2nd annual The Giving List book was published, Clean Coalition’s […more…]

Learning Reflections of Participating Youth in our Maritime Literacies Program McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic

Community Based Literacies in the Schools This video is a multimodal, melodic synthesis of a reflection activity that our Harding […more…]

Share the Love for Redwings Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit horse rescue in Paso Robles, is having a special event during the month of […more…]

The Ugly Side of Beauty: The Cosmetics Industry’s Plastic Packaging Problem Plastic Pollution Coalition

The cosmetics industry generates approximately US$ 341.1 billion annually—and 120 billion units of plastic packaging, most of which are not […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…]

Preserving a Piece of Montecito History Casa del Herrero

Laura Bridley comes by her affinity for Casa del Herrero honestly. A native of Montecito, Bridley has a lot of […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…]

Love and Care Work Miracles at Redwings Redwings Horse Sanctuary

William was found by Tulare Animal Services tied on a 30-foot chain in the middle of a field in the […more…]

Comprehensive, State-of-the-Art Cancer Care The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara was founded 73 years ago based on the simple concept that a city that […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…]

The Elephant Project Expands to Protect Big Cats, Introduces Oba The Elephant Project

100% of Net Proceeds From The Elephant Project’s Charitable Gift Line Goes Directly to Wildlife Rescue Organizations The Elephant Project, […more…]

Clay Studio Ceramics Class Instagram Giveaway! Clay Studio

Looking for a new creative endeavor in the New Year? Clay Studio is giving away a spot in one of […more…]

Bucket Brigade: Building a Foundation for Local Resilience Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

The Santa Barbara coastal region has largely escaped any major disasters in the past year, save, of course, for the […more…]

Riviera Ridge Students Raise Funds for CALM to Prevent Childhood Trauma The Riviera Ridge School

Members of The Riviera Ridge School’s Service Brigade elective are hosting a fall Bedtime Drive to support the local non-profit […more…]

Riviera Ridge School Celebrates Innovative Teaching and Learning at Genius Night The Riviera Ridge School

The Riviera Ridge School welcomed families to campus in December for an evening of teacher presentations, workshops, and interactive experiences […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…]

Tina McEnroe Appointed to UC Santa Barbara Foundation Board of Trustees McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic

For over 15 years the Gevirtz School has been chronicling the ever-growing accomplishments of Tina McEnroe, M.A., L.H.D. (h.c.). She […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…]

Montecito Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation: Providing Financial Support to Community Members in Need Montecito Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation

Montecito Firefighter Lucas Grant is too young to have personal memories of what it was like when local firefighters were […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…]

A Teenager Steps Up to Save Lives Brady | United Against Gun Violence

Like many teens, 15-year-old Stephan Abrams was devastated by the 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. […more…]

A “Think & Do” Tank Ahead of Its Time World Business Academy

In 2007, a group of authors published “Freedom from Mid-East Oil,” a lengthy treatise on energy, national security, and global […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…]

Legacy of Care Lives On VNA Health

Caring for our communities has been at the core of VNA Health for more than a century. Six generations have […more…]

It Takes a Village to Help Our Community Unity Shoppe

In the early 1900s, Dr. Pearl Chase was a transformational figure in the beautification of Santa Barbara, founding the Community […more…]

A Cultural Gift to the Community UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures

If you had told Celesta M. Billeci, UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Miller McCune Executive Director, in March of 2020 that […more…]

TV for Social Good TV Santa Barbara

Since it opened its doors in 1974, TV Santa Barbara’s mission has been to provide an outlet for freedom of […more…]

Etiquette Unlocking Life Potential The Key Class

The Key Class founder John Daly was 64 when he realized what he wanted to do with the rest of […more…]

How One Person Can Make a Difference The Elephant Project

Kristina McKean’s life changed 20 years ago during a trip to Thailand, when she saw a baby elephant being exploited […more…]

Empowering Preschoolers and Their Parents Storyteller Children’s Center

Krystle could have gotten worried when she lost her job due to COVID, as so many others had, and found […more…]

‘Me Too’ Means Sexual Assault is Everyone’s Cause Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA)

In her 36 years of public service, Elsa Granados has learned a lot about what it takes to end sexual […more…]

A Fine Art for All Ages State Street Ballet

It was March 2020 when Rodney Gustafson received the call no creative director wants to get. It was the week […more…]

A Legacy Comes Full Circle Special Olympics

Soon after taking office in 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced intellectual disabilities would become one of his administration’s priorities. […more…]

In Harmony With the Community Santa Barbara Symphony

Over the last two years, Santa Barbara Symphony President & CEO Kathryn R. Martin has noticed a marked change in […more…]

Blockbuster Gifts Can Change the Game for California Community Colleges SBCC Foundation

Geoff Green knows that Dan Pritzker and MacKenzie Scott are on to something. That is, Green believes that community colleges […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 Breathtaking Reopening Santa Barbara Museum of Art

In August 2021, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art celebrated the completion of a six-year $50 million renovation campaign. More […more…]

‘The New Foundation Baby in Town’ Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation

During the pandemic, Santa Barbarans got a fresh reminder of how vital the public library is to the community. As […more…]

A Healthy Community for All Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) has been providing accessible and affordable healthcare to the community since 1998. The nonprofit’s eight […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…]

Uplifting Beauty, in All Its Incarnations Santa Barbara Beautiful

Santa Barbara has been fortunate to have many proud residents. One of them was Pearl Chase, a founding committee member […more…]

‘When We Get the Word Out, They Respond’ Santa Barbara Education Foundation

It took a while for anyone to realize that there was something strange about so many cars filling the parking […more…]

Diabetes Research Takes on a Greater Urgency Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) was established 77 years ago by Dr. William Sansum, the first U.S. physician to manufacture […more…]

100 Years of Medical Excellence Sansum Clinic

For 100 years, Sansum Clinic has been improving the overall health of its patients by providing the latest innovations in […more…]

Undaunted and Ready to Serve Those Living with Mental Illness Sanctuary Centers

Barry Schoer is all too familiar with the stigma surrounding mental illness. As the president and CEO of Sanctuary Centers, […more…]

The Home of Social and Academic Excellence Since 1938 The Riviera Ridge School

The esteemed independent educational institution marked its 80-plus year dedication to growth, improvement, and future-forward thinking with a name change […more…]

Where the Rescued Horses Roam Free Redwings Horse Sanctuary

In any given week, Sara Ruggerone receives as many as 30 requests to rescue someone’s horses. She’s lucky if she […more…]

Visionary Sisters Collaborating to Create a More Just and Healthy Planet Plastic Pollution Coalition

For the Cohen sisters, taking on the embodiment of the fossil fuel and climate crisis – plastic – started with […more…]

A PATH Home PATH

It’s the middle of August in 2021 and the number of people experiencing homelessness across Santa Barbara County has reached […more…]

Super Soup Organic Soup Kitchen

Organic Soup Kitchen does not just make soup, it makes perfect soup: nutrient-rich, life-sustaining, and hand-delivered every week to 720 […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 Vision Beyond the Call of Duty Montecito Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation

Firefighters do a lot more than fight fires. On any given day, Montecito Fire’s 33 active-duty firefighters wake up to […more…]

A Place to Be (and Become) Mental Wellness Center

On any given weekday, as many as 100 community members living with mental illness enter through the blue doors and […more…]

Roaring Back The Granada Theatre

It’s just a couple weeks before October 2021 and Opera Santa Barbara is preparing to take the stage for its […more…]

Preserve a Community Treasure Ganna Walska Lotusland

Polish opera singer and socialite Madame Ganna Walska led a life that was as colorful and flamboyant as the 3,500 […more…]

Helping Families Endure Death by Capturing Life on Video LifeChronicles

More than 23 years ago, when Kate Carter completed an internship at Santa Barbara’s community access TV station, she could […more…]

Tipping the Scales of Justice Legal Aid Foundation

California’s rental assistance program is designed to pay 100 percent of past-due rent, providing sorely needed relief to income-eligible renters […more…]

The Power of Leading from Within Leading From Within

Our country’s nonprofit sector is notorious for high burnout and voluntary turnover rates that exceed the average of most industries. […more…]

The Rebirth of La Casa de Maria La Casa de Maria

Cindy Faith Swain, Director of La Casa de Maria, has vivid memories of the day a Santa Barbara treasure was […more…]

Community Resilience in a Changed Climate Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade is a homegrown community response to climate change. Created in the wake of the Thomas […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…]

Where the Fullest Lives are Lived Hillside House

During its 76-year history, Hillside House, a residential facility for people with moderate to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, has […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…]

A Trusted Table of Community Activists and Visionaries Fund for Santa Barbara

A common thread connects all those on The Fund for Santa Barbara’s team – if they weren’t professionally involved with […more…]

With a Little Help From My Friends (at the Montecito Library) Friends of the Montecito Library

Libraries across America enjoy the support of friend groups for funding support, whether it’s for a reading room, an embellished […more…]

True to Its Grassroots Freedom 4 Youth

Many nonprofits like to throw around the word grassroots to describe their organizations, but few do the term justice as […more…]

Second and Third Chances at Life Fighting Back Santa Maria

On a wall next to the entrance of Edwin Weaver’s office at Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley (FBSMV) hangs a […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…]

A Platform for Empowerment Endowment for Youth Community

Endowment for Youth Community (EYC) President Guy R. Walker is well known for his politeness. Even before the interview began, […more…]

Lifting the Burden on the Elderly and Disabled Easy Lift Transportation

Ernesto Paredes, the longtime executive director of the transportation service Easy Lift, was 16 years old when he got his […more…]

Confronting Crises When They Hit Home Direct Relief

Hurricane Katrina was a major turning point in the history of Direct Relief. Until then, the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit that […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…]

Right at Home Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County

Estefany Can was eight years old when social workers removed her and her brothers from their home. Her mother was […more…]

AHA! Means Epiphany Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

For the organization known as AHA! (which stands for “Attitude, Harmony, Achievement”), 22 years is long enough to have had […more…]

Blazing A Needed Trail for Reading Success McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic

When she talks about education, Tina Hansen McEnroe likes to invoke Irish poet W. B. Yeats: “Education is not the […more…]

Looking to Create “Positive Change” Leading From Within

In its short 13-year history, Leading From Within — which was founded in 2008 as the Courage to Lead program […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…]

Prepared When It Matters Most Cottage Health

On California’s Central Coast, Cottage Health has earned the reputation of providing premier medical care and the most comprehensive health […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…]

All Access to a Higher Education CSU Channel Islands

It’s a sunny August morning, just a couple days before California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) starts its 2021-22 school […more…]

On the Front Lines Against One of America’s Leading Killers The Alzheimer’s Association

It took visits to several doctors before anyone noticed that Evelyn Stone had Alzheimer’s disease. By then, it was already […more…]

The Return on Generosity The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara

When Lillian Taylor Converse was diagnosed with cancer in 1948, she knew the odds of a recovery were long, but […more…]

Preserving Santa Barbara’s History Casa del Herrero

On the day of the great 1925 earthquake, George Fox Steedman was visiting Santa Barbara from St. Louis, Missouri, reviewing […more…]

The Healing Power of Art Clay Studio

Clay Studio Founder and Executive Director Patrick Hall has acquired a lot of ceramics memories since he fell in love […more…]

Creating Renewables-Driven Resilience Clean Coalition

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

Stemming Santa Barbara’s Mental Health Crisis Community Counseling and Education Center

Mariela Marin gets anxious any time they look at the waitlist of people seeking mental health services. On a typical […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…]

Getting into the Ideal College: A Reality for Everyone Mentors 4 College

Anne was a senior at Hollywood High School hoping to become a veterinarian. But the daughter of a single mom […more…]

Organic Soup Kitchen Crab Boil Fundraiser Raises $30,000 Organic Soup Kitchen

Funds move low-income cancer patients, seniors, and chronically ill off waiting list    Organic Soup Kitchen hosted a Crab Boil […more…]

SB Education Foundation Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Executive Director Margie Yahyavi was reluctant to have her office visible during our Zoom call last […more…]

AHA! Welcomes New Executive Director Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

AHA! has announced that Roxana Petty has been named the new Executive Director. Roxana (Roxy) brings to this position a […more…]

AHA! Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to suggest that to many folks in our community, everyone who works at AHA! could […more…]

Creating a Community of Heroic Youth Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

In April of 1999, two high school seniors walked onto the campus of Columbine High School in Colorado with semi-automatic […more…]