8:30 – 9:30 AM: Networking + Orientation
9:30 – 11:30 AM: Panel Discussions
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Social Happy Hour


Throughout this COVID-19 public health crisis, nonprofit organizations and foundations are managing constantly changing dynamics and inconsistent guidelines for business. As community-based organizations, we are boldly forging new and necessary partnerships and innovating daily. We experience the impact on our social sector of escalated demand for services, renewed attention to equity and justice, and persistent strains on our organizations and staff as we step up our roles in the community.

With in-person meetings and community events postponed, where might we bridge these gaps to learn from one another and recognize our common challenges? This fall, the Partnership for Excellence continues its vision to provide spaces to invite and launch conversations around the leadership and wellness of the Santa Barbara County philanthropic sector. 

Join us for a 3-topic digital series where local funders and nonprofits reconnect through community conversations.

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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PFE 2020 at The Alisal Ranch was canceled in April. This fall, our sponsors are stepping forward to offer a free, digital series focused on re-connecting members of our sector.

October 22 | Navigating Complex Decision-Making | Registration Closed

November 12 | Nonprofits Uniting for Sector Health and Advocacy | Registration Closed

December 10 | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion |Register Now



This PFE Community Connections series is intentionally designed to:

  • Lift up curious inquiry, positive mindsets, and opportunities to inform and benefit how we navigate this time through conversations
  • Leverage the PFE hallmarks of interacting with colleagues who share our passion, values, and strengths of the social sector
  • Acknowledge the impact of this pandemic on nonprofit services and our workforce

At each 3-hour session, join peers for networking in the virtual space. An opening panel or dialogue will introduce the program. Then, participants will select a breakout room where you will be invited to reflect, relate and activate deeper conversations around today’s topic. Throughout the day, the virtual space will remain open for self-selected networking, peer meet-ups and 1:1 meetings. At the end of each Community Connection day, PFE will host a digital happy hour. Following the series, Leading-From-Within will partner via follow-on peer offerings aligned with sector interest around PFE topics.

This PFE digital series hopes to engage some of our lost connectivity, creativity and sector spirit. Come experiment with us around the simple powers of conversation.

There are several options for you to participate in the series

  • Attend one, two, or all three Community Connections
  • Join one, two, or all three social networking happy hours
  • Volunteer to be a conversation liaison to a small group breakout, or simply join the conversation of your choice


Continue connecting all day:
The virtual event space will remain open to registrants during the program day through happy hour. Once logged in, you can tap in and out, schedule a 1:1 meeting with a colleague, invite peers to gather, or chat/message other attendees. Make the most of this opportunity to reconnect with each other!


The Partnership for Excellence welcomes representatives 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 community members are invited to register. We welcome grassroots, small and larger organizations as well as a variety of roles in the sector from throughout the county. Consultants currently serving Santa Barbara County nonprofits are also welcome.

To help broaden perspectives, organizations are invited to register up to three (3) persons. Participating organizations are encouraged to diversify your registrants, and the PFE series, 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 members. 


Navigating Complex

A case studies approach during this pandemic will reveal challenges and insights in navigating recent decisions around increased service demand, remote staff engagement, and funding shifts.


Nonprofits Uniting for Sector
Health and Advocacy

For the past year, a group of executive leaders from the nonprofit sector have worked together to create a vision for the Nonprofit Council of Santa Barbara County. Imagine what could happen if critical decisions at the policymaking level included nonprofit voices, insights, and leadership.  What would it look like if our voices truly impacted decision-making and policy creation?


Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Nonprofits

Embracing DEI work can help organizations be more effective in understanding our constituents and better fulfilling our missions. We invite you to this Partnership for Excellence community conversation — a learning space — to explore questions through listening and dialogue with others

Notes on Registration

When registering on behalf of others, please register each attendee with their email address (do not input your own email as a placeholder).

Each attendee will need their own email to log in to the virtual platform on event day.

You will be asked to create a password. If you already have an Accelevents account, please enter your password.
If you enter an incorrect password or forget your password, you will be asked to try again or to reset your password.


Audacious Foundation

James S. Bower Foundation

The Crawford Idema Family Foundation

Fund for Santa Barbara

Hutton Parker Foundation

The Ann Jackson Family Foundation

La Centra-Sumerlin Foundation

Linked Foundation

McCune Foundation

The Henry E.  and Lola Monroe Foundation

The Samuel B. and Margaret C. Mosher Foundation

Ryan and Sarah Muzzy

Anthony and Kyra Rogers Family Foundation

Santa Barbara Foundation

The Towbes Foundation

United Way of Santa Barbara County

Wood-Claeyssens Foundation

Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara