Social Sector Leaders

Meet the corporations and other organizations that have baked social responsibility into their missions and visions.

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...]

Montecito Bank & Trust: A Bank that Embodies the Community Spirit

Banks don’t usually spring to mind when one writes about beacons of community trust, good deeds, and hope. But even as politics, pandemics, and polarization cast long shadows across our landscape, one community bank is illuminating the path toward a more hopeful future. Montecito Bank & Trust, bursting with optimism that is a natural outgrowth of the remarkable legacy left by its founder, the late Michael Towbes, continues to evolve every day through its programs, attitude, and remarkable leadership. Montecito Bank & Trust is at once old-fashioned and futuristic – serving the community faithfully like an old-style town doctor who [...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...]

A Historic Mainstay, El Encanto’s Unbreakable Bond with Community Grows

After 103 years, El Encanto Hotel, a Belmond Hotel is well-known for its majestic and breathtaking views of the South Coast, an escape from the hustle and bustle and a much-needed taste of the simpleness of yesteryear. And a reputation such as that comes via the heartfelt dedication of its 230 employees that fortify a one-of-a-kind experience through tireless effort, greeting guests – and one another – with a smile and willingness to go the extra mile. It’s simply a part of the company’s DNA – with long-time employees and new hires alike expected to give back to a community [...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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Santa Barbara Education Foundation and 99.9 KTYD Continue to Keep the Beat for Local Students Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Since 2003, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has kept the beat for school music programs by raising funds to pay […more…]

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Awards Over $100,000 to SB Unified Teachers Santa Barbara Education Foundation

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation will award 64 grants to SB Unified teachers totaling $100,000 to help meet the needs […more…]