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NPRN Visits Youth Interactive’s New Home – Nonprofit Office Space Available!

I ran into Ryan Muzzy from Youth Interactive who excitedly shared the news about their new home on State Street.  We took some time a couple of weeks ago to meet with Estrella Campos, Co-lab Operations Manager and Ryan to tour their new home. 1218 State Street is the former home of the Unity Shoppe. […]

Finding Funders that Fit

Have you ever heard anyone say, “Why don’t we just write up a letter of inquiry and send it out to a bunch of foundations and see what sticks? What’s the downside?” I can practically feel the foundation staff members cringing right now. According to a couple of foundation representatives I spoke with, this “scattershot” […]

CalNonprofits – Legislative Wins and Losses in 2018

This article was written by CalNonprofits.  NPRN is sharing as a service to the SB County nonprofit sector. Collective nonprofit advocacy powered these bills to the finish line! Now that Governor Brown’s deadline to sign or veto bills has passed, we’re writing to share our legislative wrap-up of bills we worked on. We’re proud to […]

WHAT SHOULD NONPROFITS KNOW ABOUT 501(C)(4) ORGANIZATIONS? ESPECIALLY IN AN ELECTION YEAR?

Breaking news: The US Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that politically active nonprofit groups will have to disclose the identity of certain donors (those giving more than $200) when these organizations advertise for or against a political candidate.  In this article, we explain why a nonprofit may want to form a separate C4, and we look […]

Nonprofit Business Models – Apples to Zucchini Cooking School

Apples to Zucchini Cooking School was co-founded by Nancy Martz and Terra Hillyer in the fall of 2015 and began offering classes in the spring  of 2016 with Chef Michele Malony. Students have been learning dicing, mincing, stirring, blending, chopping, tasting and community food sharing ever since. What service do you provide? We offer cooking […]

Nonprofit Business Models: Spotlight on Unite to Light!

NPRN had a chance to connect with Megan Birney, Executive Director of Unite to Light. Unite to Light is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Santa Barbara with a mission to manufacture and distribute efficient, durable, low cost solar lamps to people without access to electricity. Their focus areas include: helping children learn to read, providing health clinics and […]

Grant Center: Four Easy Ways to Add Storytelling to Grants

I can’t count the number of times over my career as a grant writer that I’ve heard that storytelling is a critical piece of grant writing. “Statistics raise eyebrows, but stories raise money,” they say. “It’s the most important part of a proposal.” While in theory I believed this to be true, I had a […]

How Should We Value Time in the Nonprofit Sector? A Response from Greg Gorga

In last week’s newsletter, we posed the question: Should nonprofit employees receive paid time off? This question was sparked by the Santa Barbara Foundation’s announcement that they are closing their offices at 1pm on Fridays until September 7 for their staff to enjoy the summer time. Given the ongoing discussions within the nonprofit sector about […]

How Should We Value Time in the Nonprofit Sector? A Response from Jordan Killebrew

In last week’s newsletter, we posed the question: Should nonprofit employees receive paid time off? This question was sparked by the Santa Barbara Foundation’s announcement that they are closing their offices at 1pm on Fridays until September 7 for their staff to enjoy the summer time. Given the ongoing discussions within the nonprofit sector about […]

Community Responses to Santa Barbara’s Child Hunger Statistics

Last week, the Santa Barbara Independent published an article entitled “Children Go Hungry in Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara County Has the Highest Child Poverty Rate in California”. In it, readers were presented with startling statistics, such as the fact that more than 28,000 children are at risk of not having enough to eat in Santa […]