Ensemble Theatre Company

Santa Barbara is a town known for its love of the arts museums, music organizations, dance companies, and theater. Among all the stellar arts organizations in Santa Barbara which deserve our support, I am proud to invest in the groundbreaking theater produced by Ensemble Theatre Company at The New Vic.
Dana White

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Animal Instincts

Where the Rescued Horses Roam Free Redwings Horse Sanctuary

In any given week, Sara Ruggerone receives as many as 30 requests to rescue someone’s horses. She’s lucky if she […more…]

The Elephant Project Expands to Protect Big Cats, Introduces Oba The Elephant Project

100% of Net Proceeds From The Elephant Project’s Charitable Gift Line Goes Directly to Wildlife Rescue Organizations The Elephant Project, […more…]

A Sanctuary for Exotic Birds Stays Aloft Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary

People call Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary (SBBS) Founder Jamie McLeod a warrior for good reason. She’s tough, resolute, and fiercely […more…]

Caretakers

Lifting the Burden on the Elderly and Disabled Easy Lift Transportation

Ernesto Paredes, the longtime executive director of the transportation service Easy Lift, was 16 years old when he got his […more…]

Legacy of Care Lives On VNA Health

Caring for our communities has been at the core of VNA Health for more than a century. Six generations have […more…]

Uniting Santa Barbara Against Poverty CommUnify

People in the nonprofit world often talk about “A Tale of Two Santa Barbaras” to describe the county’s gaping wealth […more…]

Centers of Peace and Preservation

Uplifting Beauty, in All Its Incarnations Santa Barbara Beautiful

Santa Barbara has been fortunate to have many proud residents. One of them was Pearl Chase, a founding committee member […more…]

Preserving Santa Barbara’s History Casa del Herrero

On the day of the great 1925 earthquake, George Fox Steedman was visiting Santa Barbara from St. Louis, Missouri, reviewing […more…]

The Rebirth of La Casa de Maria La Casa de Maria

Cindy Faith Swain, Director of La Casa de Maria, has vivid memories of the day a Santa Barbara treasure was […more…]

College Access and Higher Education

Blockbuster Gifts Can Change the Game for California Community Colleges SBCC Foundation

Geoff Green knows that Dan Pritzker and MacKenzie Scott are on to something. That is, Green believes that community colleges […more…]

A Platform for Empowerment Endowment for Youth Community

Endowment for Youth Community (EYC) President Guy R. Walker is well known for his politeness. Even before the interview began, […more…]

All Access to a Higher Education CSU Channel Islands

It’s a sunny August morning, just a couple days before California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) starts its 2021-22 school […more…]

Community Action

Montecito Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation: Providing Financial Support to Community Members in Need Montecito Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation

Montecito Firefighter Lucas Grant is too young to have personal memories of what it was like when local firefighters were […more…]

Beyond Christmas Unity: No Off-Season for Food and Services Unity Shoppe

It might seem like bad timing to be writing about Unity Shoppe in the last week of the year, considering […more…]

Community Resilience in a Changed Climate Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade is a homegrown community response to climate change. Created in the wake of the Thomas […more…]

Community Resources

Alzheimer’s Association: Providing Care, Support, and Research for Patients and Caregivers The Alzheimer’s Association

The statistics on Alzheimer’s Disease are staggering. Someone in the United States develops the devastating disease every 65 seconds. More […more…]

TV for Social Good TV Santa Barbara

Since it opened its doors in 1974, TV Santa Barbara’s mission has been to provide an outlet for freedom of […more…]

Beyond Christmas Unity: No Off-Season for Food and Services Unity Shoppe

It might seem like bad timing to be writing about Unity Shoppe in the last week of the year, considering […more…]

End of Life

Helping Families Endure Death by Capturing Life on Video LifeChronicles

More than 23 years ago, when Kate Carter completed an internship at Santa Barbara’s community access TV station, she could […more…]

When Dreams Come True Dream Foundation

Shortly before dying from terminal cancer six years ago, Gary began filming videos with his four-year-old daughter Bailey. The hope […more…]

A Human-Centered Approach Hospice of Santa Barbara

The modern hospice movement was born in 1967 in a leafy neighborhood of southeast London when a nurse named Dame […more…]

Environment

Creating Renewables-Driven Resilience Clean Coalition

The 70 miles of coast spanning Lake Casitas to Point Conception, and including Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara, and Goleta, is […more…]

The Environment’s Advocate Environmental Defense Center

In 1969, a major blowout at Union Oil’s Platform A caused an estimated four million gallons of crude to pour […more…]

Empowering the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards Explore Ecology

In 1990, a group of parents excited about the potential of creative reuse and worried about the lack of funding […more…]

Food

Building a Resilient Food System Santa Barbara County Food Action Network

Boasting a year-round growing calendar, Santa Barbara County is known as a food mecca, ranking in the top one percent […more…]

Beyond Christmas Unity: No Off-Season for Food and Services Unity Shoppe

It might seem like bad timing to be writing about Unity Shoppe in the last week of the year, considering […more…]

Super Soup Organic Soup Kitchen

Organic Soup Kitchen does not just make soup, it makes perfect soup: nutrient-rich, life-sustaining, and hand-delivered every week to 720 […more…]

Giving Challenges

Where Children Find their Voices Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

Little Ryan was only three years old when he was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), an uncommon motor […more…]

Meeting the Moment of the Climate Crisis Community Environmental Council

The time for action on climate change is now. For the Community Environmental Council (CEC), an environmental stalwart on the […more…]

ETC Reopens Its Doors Ensemble Theatre Company

Eight years ago, when the Victoria Hall Theater underwent a $12.6 million renovation that transformed the historic venue into The […more…]

Housing

Where the Fullest Lives are Lived Hillside House

During its 76-year history, Hillside House, a residential facility for people with moderate to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, has […more…]

A PATH Home PATH

It’s the middle of August in 2021 and the number of people experiencing homelessness across Santa Barbara County has reached […more…]

International

On a Mission to Address the Vulnerable ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox’s reason for being is because human displacement is one of the biggest issues plaguing our planet, one that’s increasing […more…]

Confronting Crises When They Hit Home Direct Relief

Hurricane Katrina was a major turning point in the history of Direct Relief. Until then, the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit that […more…]

Leading the Way

The Power of Leading from Within Leading From Within

Our country’s nonprofit sector is notorious for high burnout and voluntary turnover rates that exceed the average of most industries. […more…]

Celebrating 20th Anniversary Class of Katherine Harvey Fellows Leading From Within

The Katherine Harvey Fellows program marked its 20th anniversary in a joint celebration held recently that also honored the 2019-20 […more…]

A Teenager Steps Up to Save Lives Brady | United Against Gun Violence

Like many teens, 15-year-old Stephan Abrams was devastated by the 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. […more…]

Mental Wellness and Family Ties

Family Ties Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency is a Santa Barbara institution, as much a part of local history as major landmarks like the […more…]

Undaunted and Ready to Serve Those Living with Mental Illness Sanctuary Centers

Barry Schoer is all too familiar with the stigma surrounding mental illness. As the president and CEO of Sanctuary Centers, […more…]

A Place to Be (and Become) Mental Wellness Center

On any given weekday, as many as 100 community members living with mental illness enter through the blue doors and […more…]

Nonprofit Partners

A Human-Centered Approach Hospice of Santa Barbara

The modern hospice movement was born in 1967 in a leafy neighborhood of southeast London when a nurse named Dame […more…]

A Fine Art for All Ages State Street Ballet

It was March 2020 when Rodney Gustafson received the call no creative director wants to get. It was the week […more…]

Where the Fullest Lives are Lived Hillside House

During its 76-year history, Hillside House, a residential facility for people with moderate to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, has […more…]

Performing Arts

Roaring Back The Granada Theatre

It’s just a couple weeks before October 2021 and Opera Santa Barbara is preparing to take the stage for its […more…]

ETC Reopens Its Doors Ensemble Theatre Company

Eight years ago, when the Victoria Hall Theater underwent a $12.6 million renovation that transformed the historic venue into The […more…]

A Cultural Gift to the Community UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures

If you had told Celesta M. Billeci, UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Miller McCune Executive Director, in March of 2020 that […more…]

Reaching Beyond Ourselves

A Legacy Comes Full Circle Special Olympics

Soon after taking office in 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced intellectual disabilities would become one of his administration’s priorities. […more…]

Social Sector Leaders

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Awards Over $100,000 to SB Unified Teachers Santa Barbara Education Foundation

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation will award 64 grants to SB Unified teachers totaling $100,000 to help meet the needs […more…]

Speciality Health

The Return on Generosity The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara

When Lillian Taylor Converse was diagnosed with cancer in 1948, she knew the odds of a recovery were long, but […more…]

On the Front Lines Against One of America’s Leading Killers The Alzheimer’s Association

It took visits to several doctors before anyone noticed that Evelyn Stone had Alzheimer’s disease. By then, it was already […more…]

Diabetes Research Takes on a Greater Urgency Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) was established 77 years ago by Dr. William Sansum, the first U.S. physician to manufacture […more…]

Teach Our Children Well

Uniting Santa Barbara Against Poverty CommUnify

People in the nonprofit world often talk about “A Tale of Two Santa Barbaras” to describe the county’s gaping wealth […more…]

Etiquette Unlocking Life Potential The Key Class

The Key Class founder John Daly was 64 when he realized what he wanted to do with the rest of […more…]

Empowering Preschoolers and Their Parents Storyteller Children’s Center

Krystle could have gotten worried when she lost her job due to COVID, as so many others had, and found […more…]

TGL Features

To Your Health

Alzheimer’s Association: Providing Care, Support, and Research for Patients and Caregivers The Alzheimer’s Association

The statistics on Alzheimer’s Disease are staggering. Someone in the United States develops the devastating disease every 65 seconds. More […more…]

Prepared When It Matters Most Cottage Health

On California’s Central Coast, Cottage Health has earned the reputation of providing premier medical care and the most comprehensive health […more…]

Charles Fenzi, CEO/CMO of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, to Retire Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

Dr. Charles Fenzi has served as Chief Medical Officer for the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) for nearly a decade, […more…]

Visual and Educational Arts

A Breathtaking Reopening Santa Barbara Museum of Art

In August 2021, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art celebrated the completion of a six-year $50 million renovation campaign. More […more…]

A Resurgence: Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s renovation has people flocking to the venue Santa Barbara Museum of Art

It was just three months ago that the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) celebrated the completion of a six-year, […more…]

Clay Studio Ceramics Class Instagram Giveaway! Clay Studio

Looking for a new creative endeavor in the New Year? Clay Studio is giving away a spot in one of […more…]

Working For Our Most Vulnerable

Right at Home Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County

Estefany Can was eight years old when social workers removed her and her brothers from their home. Her mother was […more…]

Racial Equity Fund of Santa Barbara County in partnership with The Fund for Santa Barbara Fund for Santa Barbara

On Tuesday January 11th, 2022, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved moving forward with Racial Equity Fund of […more…]

Uniting Santa Barbara Against Poverty CommUnify

People in the nonprofit world often talk about “A Tale of Two Santa Barbaras” to describe the county’s gaping wealth […more…]

Youth Empowerment

True to Its Grassroots Freedom 4 Youth

Many nonprofits like to throw around the word grassroots to describe their organizations, but few do the term justice as […more…]

Uniting Santa Barbara Against Poverty CommUnify

People in the nonprofit world often talk about “A Tale of Two Santa Barbaras” to describe the county’s gaping wealth […more…]

Access to Nature for ALL NatureTrack

In the ten years that NatureTrack has been taking Santa Barbara County’s school-age kids on outdoor field trips, Steve Schulz […more…]