• Thank you to the Pacific Coast Business Times for naming the Santa Barbara Foundation as one of the 2020 Best Places to Work. We are proud serve Santa Barbara County!

    #Gratitude #Community #WeWorkForYou #StrongerTogether805

  • We are inspired by the many different ways our community has rallied together to help those in need.

    In This Together Events, a group of creative community members led by local DJ Daniel Dubinsky, is hosting a weekly livestream DJ set titled Mindful Melodies, with all proceeds benefiting the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County.

    Tune in today (and every Wednesday) at 6:00pm PT to watch the Mindful Melodies broadcast and support a great cause! Learn more about the project & access the livestream at:

  • Santa Barbara County is home to more than 4,500 nonprofits with a combined asset total of over $10 billion. But with so many organizations competing for finite resources, how do we ensure that everyone is working together to achieve the greatest impact in our communities?

    Luckily for our nonprofit sector, the Nonprofit Resource Network (NRPNSB) has played a lead role in cultivating a collaborative community culture focused on sharing resources and knowledge.

    Visit the link below to learn more about NPRNSB, our amazing partner in supporting local nonprofits!

  • Before COVID-19, Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast (BGCMCC) operated youth clubs in northern Santa Barbara County and parts of San Luis Obispo County. Since closing their club sites in mid-March, they have served families throughout the region in a new capacity.

    “Within a week [of closing our club sites], we formed a collaborative partnership with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to serve as an emergency food distribution center,” said Jeremy Deming, CEO at BGCMCC. “Since then, we have served approximately 1,200 community members weekly – and growing – via this new program.”

    Learn about the organization’s COVID-19 response efforts in North County, including their partnership with Foodbank:

  • Brand-new data shows that about 62% of Santa Barbara County residents have completed the 2020 Census – higher than the overall figure for California at 59% – but we still have a long way to go!

    “It’s such an important civic duty. This is not about any one individual, but our collective knowledge of the people that are in our county and the resources we need to make this a thriving community,” said Assemblymember Monique Limón (featured in a recent Santa Barbara Independent article).

    Read the full article here:

    Fill out the Census today, and if you already have, call friends and family to make sure they have too!

  • May is #MentalHealthAwareness Month, and we want to express our gratitude to the Community Wellness Team (CWT), who is going above and beyond to ensure our community has access to wellness services during COVID-19. CWT is a collaboration of 13 agencies working together to offer resources, support, and virtual connection for those in need.

    “It’s okay to not be okay, and asking for help is important,” reminds Annmarie Cameron, CEO of the Mental Wellness Center, one of the agencies actively involved with the CWT. “Support is waiting for you and your family. We’re here for you.”

    SBF is proud to support this important collaboration. Check out our story (featured in our new County Connections Report) about the Community Wellnes…Read More

  • We are all here for YOU!

    Times are tough right now, but the Santa Barbara Foundation has partnered with the United Way of Santa Barbara County and many other organizations across the county to support our communities through COVID-19.

    We are incredibly proud to be a part of this beautiful, compassionate and resilient community and are reminded every day that we are stronger together! #StrongerTogether805

    A huge thank you to our incredible donors – the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort would not be possible without your support! If you would like to join the relief effort for Santa Barbara County, please give at the links below.

    Give through SBF:
    Give through United Way: h…Read More

  • Happy Earth Day from your SBF family!

    It is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a global movement that started right here in Santa Barbara, and we are so grateful to be part of this thoughtful and passionate community.

    Santa Barbara County has led the way for half a century – from holding the first Environmental Rights Day in 1970, to the powerful climate action organized by the Community Environmental Council (CEC), to the ongoing environmental research and activism at UC Santa Barbara.

    The Santa Barbara Foundation has supported environmental action throughout our history, and we continue to look for ways to lessen our impact on planet. This week, we launched our first Sustainable Future Challenge for our staff, promoting health…Read More

  • Since COVID-19 reached Santa Barbara County, our communities have faced incredible challenges. For our most vulnerable community members, the COVID-19 crisis has been devastating. The Santa Barbara Foundation, in collaboration with the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort, is working to provide support for our neighbors and the nonprofits that serve them during this extremely difficult time.

    This special edition of our County Connections Report has a message from Jackie Carrera, SBF’s Interim CEO, explores responses to the COVID-19 crisis from several local nonprofits, and shares how you can help those most in need. What shines throughout is the resilience of our county – we hope you enjoy reading the stories.

    Explore the full report…Read More

  • Hey, have you met our newest member of the SBF family? Let us introduce you to Petra Gomez!

    Petra joined SBF’s Community Engagement Team last month as our North County Program Manager, and will be based out of our Santa Maria Headquarters once we return to our offices. Petra was born and raised in Santa Barbara County, and has a wealth of experience working with our local social sector. We are so glad to have her on our team!

    PHOTO: Petra has been working remotely since joining SBF, but has made the most of it! Here she is at her home office with her adorable Shiba Inu, Mulan.

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