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Activating Equity in the Central Coast

Live virtual event on Wednesday, October 19, 2022
9:00 am – 12:30 pm PDT

Generously sponsored by The Foundation Roundtable for more than 25 years, the Partnership for Excellence (PFE) convenes hundreds of Santa Barbara County nonprofit and foundation staff and leaders to learn, network, and collaborate together. This fall, join us on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 for a virtual event focused on connecting members of the philanthropic sector, centering data for action, and advancing equity in our region. Our facilitators include leadership from the Central Coast Regional Equity Initiative, The Fund for Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Foundation and the UCSB Center for Evaluation & Assessment.


On October 19th, Partnership for Excellence will serve as a space for our community to engage in meaningful and action-oriented conversations centered in equity. Advancing equity calls us to:

  • Learn: understanding the principles of equity and supporting research
  • Engage: recognizing disparities and inequities, and accountability in our individual and organizational work
  • Actionize: creating opportunities for organizational and collaborative change in the spirit of a shared vision of a more just and equitable Central Coast

We’ll be guided in discussions by two independent, community-informed resources from our region. Drawing on local research, we’ll lift up opportunities for deeper understanding of regional disparities and inequities in our sector. You will be invited to engage in community conversations centered in both our experiences and curiosity. We hope you come away feeling empowered, energized, and ready to advance equity in the spirit of your mission and community.

The Central Coast Regional Equity Initiative aims to deepen our understanding of regional disparities, facilitate a region-wide multi-sectoral conversation, and advance social, health, environmental, and economic equity through a community and research-informed action framework. Drawing on community-informed, intersectional equity data and insights from community organizations advancing equity in their own work, the initiative actionizes around addressing regional inequities to move the Central Coast towards a just and equitable future.

The State of Nonprofits in Santa Barbara County Report provides the most up to date and holistic picture of Santa Barbara County’s social sector, highlighting demographics and data on the financial health of the sector as well as current trends in demand for service, organizational capacity, employment, diversity in leadership, and other sector trends.


PFE programming will be offered with simultaneous and consecutive Spanish interpretation.

Framing the day will be the Central Coast Regional Equity Initiative and The State of Nonprofits in Santa Barbara County Report. We’ll explore the importance of research and opportunities for it to inform our work. From multiple dimensions, sessions will offer opportunities, examples, and highlights from local organizations and leaders. Community Conversations breakouts will provide facilitated discussions for you to share approaches and experiences, inspire partnership, and begin to strategize equity action steps.

Join us as we learn more about how we can strengthen our sector to advance equity – both in our organizations and in our greater philanthropic community– to co-create a more just and equitable Central Coast.


What does it look like to apply cultural context and an equity lens to pandemic response strategies? What can we learn from the hard work of developing a task force to advocate, engage different voices and expand access to lifesaving resources?

How might we create a more proactive, open dialogue between nonprofits and funders in order to invite greater understanding and collaboration? What would it look like to reimagine the nonprofit funder relationship in order to advance greater capacity building for organizations and community leaders?

How do we respond as a community in the face of mass, collective trauma? What does it really look like to provide safe spaces whilst leading with compassion and hope?

8:45 AM Platform Opens
9:00 AM 

Opening Session – more info here

  • Welcome 
  • Nonprofit Leader Survey presentation with hosted breakout sessions
  • Introduction to Community Conversations
10:20 AM10-Minute Break
10:30 AM

Community Conversations (Attendee choice of one)

  • Reimagining Resilience – Innovations from Neighborhoods to Regions
  • Applying Our Equity Lens – County Outreach and Partnering with Latinx Indigenous Migrant Task Force
  • Diversifying Access to Mental Health Care in Our Communities
11:20 AM10-Minute Break
11:30 AM 

Community Conversation Breakouts (Randomly selected small groups)

Random breakouts for all participants to reflect and discuss topics from Community Conversations and relevance to their organizations and leadership

12:15 PMProgram Ends – Rooms stay open until 12:30 pm*

The Partnership for Excellence welcomes individuals from nonprofits and foundations with the intention to represent the diversity of our community. Staff and board members from 501c(3) nonprofit organizations and foundations serving Santa Barbara County are invited to register. We welcome grassroots, volunteer-led, and larger organizations, as well as a variety of roles within the sector. Consultants currently serving Santa Barbara County nonprofits are also welcome.

To help broaden perspectives, organizations are invited to register up to (5) persons for this virtual event. Participating organizations are encouraged to diversify your registrants, and the PFE gathering, by including staff from two or more county locations (north/mid/south), as well as representatives from foundation leadership, programs, community outreach, advocacy, executive/development, and board roles.

This virtual PFE program is audio/video accessible to all registered guests with computer, internet access, and installed Zoom app version 5.11.11. Programming will be broadcast with simultaneous and consecutive Spanish interpretation. This program will not be available by mobile phone.

With generous sponsorship from The Foundation Roundtable members, this year’s virtual
Partnership for Excellence is free to Santa Barbara County participants.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Your participation and perspective are welcomed to help ensure diverse and regional voices from our community. Opportunities for you to participate:

  • Register and attend PFE Community Connections on October 19
  • Volunteer to be a conversation liaison to a small group breakout
  • Review the CCREI Executive Summary and The State of Nonprofits in Santa Barbara County in advance
  • Bring an action step your organization/foundation has taken to advance equity – or a question you have about moving forward – to collaborate during breakout community conversations

NOTE: You must register in advance to participate in any part of virtual PFE 2022

Questions? Please contact our Ruby Road production team/ Judy Hawkins (805) 455-8381 and judy@rubyroadleadership.com

Produced by Ruby Road Leadership in partnership with Bridging Voices, Visionality, Inc.,
and Nonprofit Resource Network (NPRN).

The Foundation Roundtable Sponsors

Hutton Parker Foundation
James S. Bower Foundation
La Centra-Sumerlin Foundation
G.A. Fowler Family Foundation
McCune Foundation
Mosher Foundation 
Santa Barbara Foundation
The Towbes Foundation 
Zegar Family Foundation

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