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SB Education Foundation

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Santa Barbara Education Foundation

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Executive Director: Margie Yahyavi


Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) provides and supports programs that enrich the academic, artistic, and personal development of all students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

Begin to Build a Relationship

We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

SBEF has been an incredible resource for the music educators in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Through their yearly instrument drive, we have been able to put more instruments in the hands of our students. This year, funds from Keep the Beat allowed us to purchase the necessary supplies to provide each elementary student with a take-home music kit for remote learning. Students have been very excited to explore music via Zoom with their egg shakers, rhythm sticks, recorders, and drumsticks!
Karen Dutton
Adams Elementary School Music Teacher

Invest in Public Education

Great schools don’t just happen! Support from community members like you creates equitable access to high-quality programs for over 13,000 students attending Santa Barbara Unified School District schools. 

When you give to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation, your support ensures students who need scholarships can explore engineering and arts during the summer. Your donated used instruments go directly into the hands of young musicians after some necessary maintenance and cleaning. Your gift provides much-needed classroom supplies and innovative teaching tools for our students.

There are so many needs for today’s students, and we need your help! Would you consider investing in public education today to provide the building blocks for a stronger Santa Barbara in the future?

An Opportunity to Advance Literacy

With less than half of students reading at or above grade level, according to test scores, the Santa Barbara Unified School District has identified literacy as one of its top three priorities. As part of its wide efforts to improve literacy, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has launched the Fisher & Frey Professional Development Program that utilizes methods championed by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, two experts in literacy instruction. The Fisher & Frey method has had great success nationwide with students from low-income families and English as a second language. The foundation has undertaken a fundraising campaign to attract $200,000 per year for a program that will last three years.

Key Supporters

Arnesen Family Foundation
Timothy and Louise Casey
Andrew and Mary Jane Cooper
Daniel and Mandy Hochman
Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation
James S. Bower Foundation
John L. Carleton Foundation
Senator Monique Limón
JM Lind
Superintendent Hilda Maldonado
Sara Miller McCune
Mithun Family Foundation
Mosher Foundation
Santa Barbara Foundation
Nick Rail
April Thede
Towbes Foundation
Walter J. & Holly O. Thomson Foundation
Wood-Claeyssens Foundation
Zegar Family Foundation