Category Archives: Blog

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 […]

Foundation Conversation: Outhwaite Foundation

Welcome back to the blog column of the Grant Center in which we talk with foundation leaders to get some detailed information about their values, practices, and viewpoints. Please email us at if you have specific questions you would like us to ask a funder. A conversation with John Poucher, Trustee, and Tori Moray, […]

Preparing For A Site Visit

“Yahoo! We’re getting a site visit. We are awesome!” Making it to this point in the grant application process can be exhilarating, and it can be tempting to pat yourself on the back and relax until the day of the visit. The truth is, these visits do make a difference, and the more prepared you […]

Forecast for 2018: Cloudy

How will 2018 shake out for our nonprofit sector in Santa Barbara County? What will be the medium- and long-term effects on non-disaster related agencies of the devastation our community faced (and is still facing) through the Thomas Fire and ensuing debris flows? The forecast for fundraising in Santa Barbara in 2018 is cloudy. There […]