Where do YOU want to Give?

Wherever your passions for giving lie, Giving List nonprofits are on the frontlines of making our community stronger.


Youth Development

Credible Messengers Freedom 4 Youth

At first blush, Yaskin Solano may seem like a typical native of Santa Barbara. He grew up here, and he […more…]

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…]

Building Peace, One Teen at a Time Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

In our divided and bellicose world, peace can seem like an amorphous and unattainable concept. AHA! Peace Builders serves as […more…]

The Arts

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…]

Southern California Public Radio Is What Democracy Sounds Like in Santa Barbara Southern California Public Radio

When Herb Scannell took the helm at Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) nearly four years ago, he found himself scribbling […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

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…]

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…]

Nourishment

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…]

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…]

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

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…]

The Road to Serenity Continues VNA Health — Serenity House

For nearly three decades, VNA Health has operated Serenity House, the largest nonprofit facility of its kind in California providing […more…]

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…]

Global Reach

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…]

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…]

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 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…]

“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…]

To the Next 105 Years Unity Shoppe

Unity Shoppe Executive Director and CEO Angela Miller-Bevan grew up in Santa Barbara and was raised by a single mother […more…]

Environment

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…]

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…]

Education

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…]

Teacher Grants Lead to Student Success Santa Barbara Education Foundation

There are 12,700 students within the Santa Barbara School District learning across 19 TK-12 schools and supported by a staff […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…]

Community Resilience

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…]

Inspiration and Renewal for Santa Barbara’s Essential Nonprofit Workforce Leading From Within

What happens when the people driving a nonprofit organization providing community support get burned out and need support themselves?  Leading […more…]

St. Vincent’s: A Place Where Lives Change for the Better St. Vincent’s

St. Vincent’s is not just a place or an institution. It is Santa Barbara’s longest-running social services organization, woven into […more…]

Advocacy

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…]

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…]