In Santa Barbara, 2015 was a year of change in our large and varied philanthropic sector. As I look back on the year just ended, here are a few reflections:
Change at the Top
I don’t remember a year when there was more change at the top of local nonprofit organizations.
Just to name a few critical organizations that have hired new executives, there’s CALM, Community Environmental Council, Foundation for Santa Barbara City College, Fund for Santa Barbara, Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, Storyteller Children’s Center and United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County.
Some of these moves were the result of natural retirements, others caused by an executive director’s moving to a bigger organization, and some were leadership changes initiated by the boards of directors.
But in total, we saw a lot of movement of leaders who’d been at their organizations 10, 20, even 30 years…