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


Animal Instincts

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…]

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…]

Amur Leopard Cub Born at the Santa Barbara Zoo Santa Barbara Zoo

On August 6th at 4:05 am, the Santa Barbara Zoo’s Amur leopard, Ajax, gave birth to her first cub, and […more…]

Caretakers

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…]

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…]

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…]

Centers of Peace and Preservation

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…]

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…]

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…]

College Access and Higher Education

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…]

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…]

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…]

Community Action

Tom Reed to Retire after 20 Years  Unity Shoppe

“Having Served Unity Shoppe since 2002, and with the charity in a strong position, the time is right.” Tom Reed, […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…]

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…]

Community Resources

Beyond Christmas Unity: No Off-Season for Food and Services Unity Shoppe

It might seem like bad timing to be writing about Unity Shoppe in the last week of the year, considering […more…]

Standing Together to End Sexual Assault Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA)

April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), an annual campaign aimed at raising public consciousness to consider sexual assault […more…]

One805 Four Years Later, Nonprofit Continues to Kick Ash One805 | Prepare • Equip • Support

Everybody in town likely knows about One805. Sure, they’re the organization who three years ago created the “Kick Ash Bash,” […more…]

End of Life

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…]

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…]

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…]

Environment

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…]

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! 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…]

Food

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…]

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…]

Beyond Christmas Unity: No Off-Season for Food and Services Unity Shoppe

It might seem like bad timing to be writing about Unity Shoppe in the last week of the year, considering […more…]

Housing

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…]

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…]

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…]

International

On a Mission to Address the Vulnerable ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox’s reason for being is because human displacement is one of the biggest issues plaguing our planet, one that’s increasing […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…]

Leading the Way

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…]

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…]

Celebrating 20th Anniversary Class of Katherine Harvey Fellows Leading From Within

The Katherine Harvey Fellows program marked its 20th anniversary in a joint celebration held recently that also honored the 2019-20 […more…]

Mental Wellness and Family Ties

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…]

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…]

Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara Sanctuary Centers

Sanctuary Centers has been around for 46 years, and while the nonprofit’s array of services and team of experienced clinical […more…]

Performing Arts

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…]

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…]

Reaching Beyond Ourselves

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…]

Speciality Health

‘Provide Some Cheer’: Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Puts Emphasis on Holidays Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) was founded by Nikki Katz back in 2002 after hearing of the financial and emotional […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…]

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…]

Teach Our Children Well

The Key Class The Key Class

John Daly was in his mid-60s and had already enjoyed a highly successful career as an international event producer who […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…]

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…]

To Your Health

Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp Returns Live for Week of Fun Cottage Health

The 2022 Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp returns in person at the UCSB Recreation Center after a two-year pause to welcome […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…]

Community Health Needs Assessment Will Call on Residents for Input Cottage Health

Findings will help identify population health concerns in Santa Barbara County Cottage Health and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, […more…]

Visual and Educational Arts

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…]

Chocolate 101 Clay Studio

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

A Resurgence: Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s renovation has people flocking to the venue Santa Barbara Museum of Art

It was just three months ago that the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) celebrated the completion of a six-year, […more…]

Working For Our Most Vulnerable

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…]

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…]

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…]

Youth Empowerment

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…]

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…]

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…]