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

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…]

NatureTrack’s Scholarship Application Deadline March 15: North County Students Who Plan to Study Nature Urged to Apply NatureTrack

Nancy Stearns Scholarship Recipient’s Tell Their Stories Nancy Stearns was an inspiring docent and dear friend of NatureTrack’s founder Sue Eisaguirre for […more…]

Both a Therapeutic Preschool and a Safe, Loving Haven Storyteller Children’s Center

A child is a sponge, soaking up experiences and building a worldview. These foundational beginnings are formative. These beginnings can […more…]

The Arts

A Towering Cultural Artistic Force The Granada Theatre

The Granada Theatre has towered over the Santa Barbara area for 100 years, not just as the tallest physical symbol […more…]

Granada Theatre The Granada Theatre

Are you wondering why there’s a whole lot of hoopla about the Granada Theatre 100th birthday beyond merely marking a […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…]

Social Justice

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…]

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…]

CEC Earth Day Community Environmental Council

One of Santa Barbara’s longest-running community-organized festivals, our Earth Day celebration is also one of the oldest in the country, […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…]

New Beginnings New Beginnings

New Beginnings’ Safe Parking program turned 20 earlier this year, a milestone you need to celebrate. On the other hand, […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

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…]

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…]

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

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…]

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…]

For the Children

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…]

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…]

Family Service Agency’s ‘Whole-Person’ Approach Provides Life-Sustaining Help Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency’s (FSA) work is the very stuff that powers a vibrant community from within and makes it whole. […more…]

Family Well-Being

Family Service Agency’s ‘Whole-Person’ Approach Provides Life-Sustaining Help Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency’s (FSA) work is the very stuff that powers a vibrant community from within and makes it whole. […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…]

“Play is Not a Luxury” Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

Victoria and Bill Strong brought their baby home with that mix of gratitude and indescribable joy – the heart-squeezing hallmarks […more…]

Environment

Reversing the Threat of the Climate Crisis Community Environmental Council

Our climate is in crisis. Record-setting heat waves. Larger and more destructive wildfires. An historic megadrought, hotter and drier than […more…]

Cultivating Environmental Stewardship Through Hands-On Learning Explore Ecology

Explore Ecology inspires students and adults alike to become better environmental stewards through three programs that reach over 40,000 community […more…]

White Buffalo Land Trust White Buffalo Land Trust

Regenerative agriculture has the potential to provide meaningful work and living wages to farmers while feeding millions of people, sequestering […more…]

Education

California Missions Foundation California Missions Foundation

Most locals are probably aware of the best Santa Barbara place to visit every Memorial Day weekend for a glimpse […more…]

Cultivating Environmental Stewardship Through Hands-On Learning Explore Ecology

Explore Ecology inspires students and adults alike to become better environmental stewards through three programs that reach over 40,000 community […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…]

Community Treasures

California Missions Foundation California Missions Foundation

Most locals are probably aware of the best Santa Barbara place to visit every Memorial Day weekend for a glimpse […more…]

“Play is Not a Luxury” Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

Victoria and Bill Strong brought their baby home with that mix of gratitude and indescribable joy – the heart-squeezing hallmarks […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

Food is Medicine is Community Sweet Wheel Farms / S.B. Agriculture & Farm Education Foundation

The Community Farm is surely the jewel in the crown of communal self-reliance. Here we have a plot of food-producing […more…]

CEC Earth Day Community Environmental Council

One of Santa Barbara’s longest-running community-organized festivals, our Earth Day celebration is also one of the oldest in the country, […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…]

Advocacy

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…]

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…]

Save the Date for these Hillside Events! Hillside

Hillside Santa Barbara is hosting two upcoming events so start marking those calendars! On April 6th, Hillside will be hosting […more…]