The Grant Sage: Funders Outside of Santa Barbara County

Going Beyond: Funding Opportunities Outside of Santa Barbara County

By Sheba Laser Lux. Owner, The Grant Sage.

As you may recall from last month’s edition of The Grant Sage, there are 264 Santa Barbara County grant-making foundations that fund local nonprofit organizations. The news gets even better when one looks at total grant funding to our lovely (and lucky) community from outside the county.

In the last year alone, more than 1,500 grants were given to Santa Barbara County non-profits from funders beyond our county lines – total grant dollars during this year-long time period: more than $60 million.

Keep this in mind as you move forward on your grant research and planning. There are numerous regional and national funders who have a keen interest in what’s happening in this county and others where quality programming and services are provided. Plenty of these foundations also have ties in Santa Barbara — through relatives, board members, dual residences, their alma maters, etc.

Let’s take a look at some of the biggies:

– The Stephen Hahn Foundation, with a physical address in New York, has given out more than $8 million in grants over the past fifteen years to Santa Barbara nonprofits. Most of this funding has been in the arena of Arts and Culture, but not exclusively. The Boys and Girls Club, The Jewish Federation and the Food Bank, among others, have received grants from Hahn, ranging from $4,000 to upwards of $2.9 million.

-The W M Keck Foundation located in Los Angeles is ranked 96 out of 10,000 national funders based on its assets. Keck’s giving is substantial, and the foundation has not overlooked Santa Barbara. Education institutions have been the primary recipients, and size doesn’t necessarily matter to this funder. Both UCSB and the Dos Pueblos High School Engineering Academy have been worthy grant recipients.

-The Annenberg Foundation is ranked the ninth largest foundation in California, based on its assets. Annual granting for this foundation reached a whopping $350 million in 2002. Although more recent granting has dropped significantly, the foundation has dispensed more than $100 million per year in grants during each of the past five years. Annenberg’s funding has been focused, most recently, on Education organizations. However in Santa Barbara County, Health organizations have reigned supreme for this funder, Devereaux being the most consistent recipient. Others grantees include the Santa Barbara Zoo and the Maritime Museum.

The Weingart Foundation located in Los Angeles has been a loyal Santa Barbara grant funder for years. Considered by some locals the go-to foundation for core and capital support, since 2000, Weingart has provided more than $17 million in grant funding to our home town. Westmont College, Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care and the Mental Health Association have received the largest Weingart grants in the county. That said, funding recipients are incredibly varied: DVS, SBNC, CAC, CASA among many others have been the beneficiaries of Weingart’s generosity. In 2013 (the most recent data available), The Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse received Weingart’s largest grant in this county during that year, totaling $175,000.

-Grant funding from foundations outside of “the American Riviera” should not be considered out of reach. One need not be an institution as weighty as UCSB to attract out-of-county funders. Even relatively small, not well-known organizations such as Old Mission Santa Inés, the Cliff Drive Care Center, the Achilles Heal Project (love that name!) and other locals have benefited from reaching out for regional and national dollars.

Keep in mind the Shortcuts to Avoid, covered in last month’s edition of The Grant Sage. The importance of steering clear of these shortcuts becomes heightened with funders outside the County, many of which have never heard of locally well-known organizations, and may not be familiar with the specific needs of Santa Barbarians. When telling your “story” to non-local funders, be sure to provide big picture information pertaining to this county, as well as targeted information regarding the population you serve.

This partial list of foundations outside of Santa Barbara that provide grants inside Santa Barbara should offer some food for thought pertaining to outreaching for dollars:

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM CARES FOUNDATION INC
RAINWATER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
LAURA AND JOHN ARNOLD FOUNDATION
ANDREW LESSMAN FOUNDATION
CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
FEEDING AMERICA
CONRAD N HILTON FOUNDATION
THE TAWANI FOUNDATION
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
ABBOTT LABORATORIES FUND
ELAINE F STEPANEK FOUNDATION
COLCOM FOUNDATION
JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL
UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND INC
JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION
HAROLD MCALISTER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
ROBERT W DEUTSCH FOUNDATION INC
LEE AND RAMONA BASS FOUNDATION
MICKY AND MADELEINE ARISON FAMILY CHARITABLE TRUST
PLANET HERITAGE FOUNDATION INC
LAURA AND JOHN ARNOLD FOUNDATION
WALLACE GENETIC FOUNDATION INC
MARIAN MULLIN HANCOCK CHARITABLE TRUST
ANDREW W MELLON FOUNDATION
GILMOUR CONGREVE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
THE REITMAN FOUNDATION
THE FISTULA FOUNDATION
MACARTHUR FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND
CLIFFORD F AHLERS NON-MARITAL TRUST
LEHRER FAMILY FOUNDATION
WILLIAM H KEARNS FOUNDATION
AMERICAN COUNCIL OF LEARNED SOCIETIES
REDDYS HEART TO HEART FOUNDATION
MARIAN MULLIN HANCOCK CHARITABLE TRUST
BIALIS FAMILY FOUNDATION
JOHNSON & JOHNSON FAMILY OF COMPANIES CONTRIBUTION FUND
SAMSON CHARITABLE MEMORIAL TRUST
LINDEN ROOT DICKINSON FOUNDATION
CALIFORNIA PHYSICIANS SERVICE FOUNDATION DBA BLUE SHIELD OF CALIFORNIA
ETTORE RICHARD DEROSA JR FOUNDATION
COLCOM FOUNDATION
MILDRED E & HARVEY S MUDD FOUNDATION
GREEN FOUNDATION
DOHENY EYE INSTITUTE INC
THE GODRIC FOUNDATION
ABBOTT LABORATORIES FUND
THE COETA AND DONALD BARKER FOUNDATION
AVON FOUNDATION
SURDNA FOUNDATION INC
HIND FOUNDATION
NICHOLS FOUNDATION INC
WILLIAM H KEARNS FOUNDATION
PETER AND CARMEN LUCIA BUCK FOUNDATION INC
KIRBY FOUNDATION
NATIONAL PHILANTHROPIC TRUST
FREDRIC E STECK FAMILY FOUNDATION
WALTER J & HOLLY O THOMSON CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

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