Santa Barbara Foundation



For over 90 years, the Santa Barbara Foundation has been a catalyst for change. The foundation analyzes issues to identify challenges that burden people every day in Santa Barbara County. It convenes community stakeholders to build coalitions and partner with nonprofits and other leaders working on the front lines. Together with the Santa Barbara community the foundation charts a direction and mobilizes people to support the dynamic initiatives that make this a better place, now and for generations to come.

Recent News from Santa Barbara Foundation


Program Provides Emergency Grants to Santa Barbara Businesses
Foundation: Santa Barbara Foundation

A partnership of the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Barbara County provides emergency business grants. The funds, which are available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...more

Emergency Business Assistance Grants Available for Local Enterprises
Foundation: Santa Barbara Foundation

“We are grateful to partners like Santa Barbara Foundation to make this grant program accessible to our countywide community.” This funding,...more

Nonprofit Spotlight: Santa Maria Arts Council pivots to support school arts, teachers
Foundation: Santa Barbara Foundation

It focuses on dance, drama and music, since our visual arts awards also included ... “Our grants program required a lot of time and energy from a lot...more

Santa Barbara Foundation Opens Conservation, Environment, and Public Trails Grant Program
Foundation: Santa Barbara Foundation

A new grant program will be part of the Santa Barbara Foundation's (SBF) Community Grants Opportunities. The Conservation, Environment,...more

Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation Restaurant Fund Awards $500000 to 71 Restaurants
Foundation: Santa Barbara Foundation

The Santa Barbara Foundation is the largest community foundation in the region. Nearly every Santa Barbara County nonprofit organization...more

Community Environmental Council Welcomes New Members and Officers to the Board of Directors
Foundation: Santa Barbara Foundation

Christine DeVries is a Management Consultant for banks, small businesses and nonprofit organizations, specializing in employee...more

Community Foundation of Jackson Hole welcomes new staff
Foundation: Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Santa Barbara Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

... served the nonprofit sector for thirteen years through grant management ... nonprofits more effective, and our community stronger for over 30...more

Downtown Santa Barbara Lauds Community Members at Annual Awards Ceremony
Foundation: Santa Barbara Foundation

“We're a community foundation and our job is to harness collective wisdom, but also to mobilize philanthropic capital, and that's what we did...more

Women's Fund of Santa Barbara to Award Largest Grants Pool in Its History
Foundation: Santa Barbara Foundation

Every year, Women's Fund members combine their charitable dollars into significant local grants, distributing nearly $8 million to more than 100...more

Nonprofit Spotlight: Champion for North County and veterans retires after 20 years
Foundation: Santa Barbara Foundation

“In the late 1990s, the affiliate model was this new philanthropic phenomenon being embraced by the community foundation world,” Kathy explained. ... issues facing North County nonprofits, and...more



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