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Animal Instincts

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

College Access and Higher Education

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…]

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…]

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…]

Community Action

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…]

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…]

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 Resources

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…]

‘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…]

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…]

End of Life

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…]

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…]

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…]

Environment

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…]

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…]

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…]

Deckers Brands 12 Days of Giving Benefits Organic Soup Kitchen Organic Soup Kitchen

Shop Deckers Brand Showcase on December 22rd and 40% Will Support Organic Soup Kitchen  Organic Soup Kitchen has been named […more…]

Housing

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…]

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…]

International

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Mental Wellness and Family Ties

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…]

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…]

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…]

Performing Arts

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Visual and Educational Arts

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…]

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…]

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…]

Working For Our Most Vulnerable

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…]

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…]

‘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…]

Youth Empowerment

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…]

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…]

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…]