Nonprofit Partners

Shining a Light on the Power of Community College

As told to Brian Rinker Geoff Green’s mantra is “of, by, and for.” Having learned the value of both activism and philanthropy at an early age, he witnessed the power of people organizing on their own behalf. As a result, Green says it’s his “obligation to be part of the solution.” That’s what he had been doing for the last 25 years, working as a community organizer and philanthropic leader on issues of racial equity, affordable housing, and environmental justice, before becoming the top executive at Santa Barbara City College Foundation. There he took on its mission of helping people [...more...]

Santa Barbara Foundation Leads Our Philanthropic Community Through Thick and Thin

There are an estimated 1,900 nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara County, each dedicated to helping the community in some way. Perhaps the most complex, comprehensive, and inclusive of them all, though, is the multifaceted Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF), which lies at the heart of the region’s philanthropic efforts. Last year, the Foundation, through the generosity of its donors, provided more than $31 million to the community. While this metric is important, it by no means paints a complete picture of what SBF does. “We have the ability – beyond the dollars – to show up in a variety of ways [...more...]

A Commitment to the Central Coast

Santa Barbara is a proud community with an independent identity, and residents chafe at any hint that they live in a suburb of Los Angeles. So, when KCRW bought the venerable, but faltering, classical-music station KDB in 2014, many were nervous. A locally owned community asset was being swallowed by a public-radio powerhouse deeply rooted in L.A.  Among the skeptics was Geoff Green, despite being a KCRW member.  “My first question was: ‘Okay, is this really going to be a Santa Barbara effort?’” Green, a local nonprofit veteran who once ran the Fund for Santa Barbara, says. Or, as he [...more...]

Hospice of Santa Barbara Virtual illuminate Speaker Series Returns with Sharon Salzberg on February 16, 2022 from 6 to 7 pm PDT. Hospice of Santa Barbara

Since 2020, Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) has adjusted to the new realities that come with COVID-19 by creating their […more…]

Love and Care Work Miracles at Redwings Redwings Horse Sanctuary

William was found by Tulare Animal Services tied on a 30-foot chain in the middle of a field in the […more…]

Camp Chit Chat Applications Are Open! Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center

Link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdYRM7gLiADn6ICahwDOG7eR8m7WKuzj4daAe0R8Vpy9-E0qg/viewform?usp=sf_link Applications due April 15th! What are the camp dates?June 6th to July 28th.  All children […more…]

Comprehensive, State-of-the-Art Cancer Care The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara was founded 73 years ago based on the simple concept that a city that […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…]

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…]

Bucket Brigade: Building a Foundation for Local Resilience Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

The Santa Barbara coastal region has largely escaped any major disasters in the past year, save, of course, for the […more…]

Riviera Ridge Students Raise Funds for CALM to Prevent Childhood Trauma The Riviera Ridge School

Members of The Riviera Ridge School’s Service Brigade elective are hosting a fall Bedtime Drive to support the local non-profit […more…]

Riviera Ridge School Celebrates Innovative Teaching and Learning at Genius Night The Riviera Ridge School

The Riviera Ridge School welcomed families to campus in December for an evening of teacher presentations, workshops, and interactive experiences […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…]

Tina McEnroe Appointed to UC Santa Barbara Foundation Board of Trustees McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic

For over 15 years the Gevirtz School has been chronicling the ever-growing accomplishments of Tina McEnroe, M.A., L.H.D. (h.c.). She […more…]

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…]

Honored for All Lifetimes Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara

Isaac Garrett was 22 years old in 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln […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…]

A “Think & Do” Tank Ahead of Its Time World Business Academy

In 2007, a group of authors published “Freedom from Mid-East Oil,” a lengthy treatise on energy, national security, and global […more…]

The Stress Busters Wilderness Youth Project

When California’s Surgeon General announced in January that the state was adding “access to nature” to its list of seven […more…]

Lyndsey’s Legacy White Buffalo Land Trust

Long before she got sick, Lyndsey McMorrow believed it was possible for people to be conscious stewards of the earth. […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…]

It Takes a Village to Help Our Community Unity Shoppe

In the early 1900s, Dr. Pearl Chase was a transformational figure in the beautification of Santa Barbara, founding the Community […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…]

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…]

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…]

How One Person Can Make a Difference The Elephant Project

Kristina McKean’s life changed 20 years ago during a trip to Thailand, when she saw a baby elephant being exploited […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…]

‘Me Too’ Means Sexual Assault is Everyone’s Cause Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA)

In her 36 years of public service, Elsa Granados has learned a lot about what it takes to end sexual […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…]

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…]

In Harmony With the Community Santa Barbara Symphony

Over the last two years, Santa Barbara Symphony President & CEO Kathryn R. Martin has noticed a marked change in […more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

‘The New Foundation Baby in Town’ Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation

During the pandemic, Santa Barbarans got a fresh reminder of how vital the public library is to the community. As […more…]

A Healthy Community for All Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) has been providing accessible and affordable healthcare to the community since 1998. The nonprofit’s eight […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…]

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…]

‘When We Get the Word Out, They Respond’ Santa Barbara Education Foundation

It took a while for anyone to realize that there was something strange about so many cars filling the parking […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…]

100 Years of Medical Excellence Sansum Clinic

For 100 years, Sansum Clinic has been improving the overall health of its patients by providing the latest innovations in […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…]

The Home of Social and Academic Excellence Since 1938 The Riviera Ridge School

The esteemed independent educational institution marked its 80-plus year dedication to growth, improvement, and future-forward thinking with a name change […more…]

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…]

Visionary Sisters Collaborating to Create a More Just and Healthy Planet Plastic Pollution Coalition

For the Cohen sisters, taking on the embodiment of the fossil fuel and climate crisis – plastic – started with […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…]

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…]

Innovative Solutions to Complex Problems New Beginnings

When it comes to the rampant issue of homelessness in California, there are no miracle cures or easy fixes. New […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…]

A Vision Beyond the Call of Duty Montecito Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation

Firefighters do a lot more than fight fires. On any given day, Montecito Fire’s 33 active-duty firefighters wake up to […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…]

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…]

Preserve a Community Treasure Ganna Walska Lotusland

Polish opera singer and socialite Madame Ganna Walska led a life that was as colorful and flamboyant as the 3,500 […more…]

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…]

Tipping the Scales of Justice Legal Aid Foundation

California’s rental assistance program is designed to pay 100 percent of past-due rent, providing sorely needed relief to income-eligible renters […more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Inspiring a Future Generation of Leaders Girls Inc. Carpinteria

At Girls Inc. Carpinteria, the work of empowering girls to ensure they have the tools to reach their full potential […more…]

A Trusted Table of Community Activists and Visionaries Fund for Santa Barbara

A common thread connects all those on The Fund for Santa Barbara’s team – if they weren’t professionally involved with […more…]

With a Little Help From My Friends (at the Montecito Library) Friends of the Montecito Library

Libraries across America enjoy the support of friend groups for funding support, whether it’s for a reading room, an embellished […more…]

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…]

Second and Third Chances at Life Fighting Back Santa Maria

On a wall next to the entrance of Edwin Weaver’s office at Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley (FBSMV) hangs a […more…]

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…]

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 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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

AHA! Means Epiphany Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

For the organization known as AHA! (which stands for “Attitude, Harmony, Achievement”), 22 years is long enough to have had […more…]

Blazing A Needed Trail for Reading Success McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic

When she talks about education, Tina Hansen McEnroe likes to invoke Irish poet W. B. Yeats: “Education is not the […more…]

Looking to Create “Positive Change” Leading From Within

In its short 13-year history, Leading From Within — which was founded in 2008 as the Courage to Lead program […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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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 Healing Power of Art Clay Studio

Clay Studio Founder and Executive Director Patrick Hall has acquired a lot of ceramics memories since he fell in love […more…]

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…]

Stemming Santa Barbara’s Mental Health Crisis Community Counseling and Education Center

Mariela Marin gets anxious any time they look at the waitlist of people seeking mental health services. On a typical […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…]