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Together, We Can

Together, with our incredible donors and community partners, we have done so much to make Santa Barbara County a better place to live. With your help, we have already invested $20 million in Santa Barbara County nonprofits in 2020 to improve our communities. We’ve lead the way during a global pandemic, while uplifting working families and our most vulnerable. Together, we can do even more to strengthen our social sector and make this county a more equitable and inclusive place for all.


Explore our new County Connections Report to learn more about our impact & how you can get involved.

We Lead: COVID-19 Joint Response Effort

By Sam Waterstone

SBF serves as the co-leader of the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara, a 34-member funders’ collaborative, which has together provided over $18.9 million in relief in our region. Read More


We Rise: Santa Barbara Better Together Fund Grants to Small Businesses

By Kara Shoemaker

COVID-19 has severely impacted Santa Barbara County’s small business community. Fortunately, SBF has partnered with Deckers Brand and local government to provide grant funding for small businesses throughout the county. Read More

We Plan: Disaster Planning Guides Successful Response at Good Samaritan

By Sam Waterstone

In April 2019, the Foundation awarded Good Samaritan Shelter with a Community Disaster Relief Fund Grant, allowing the agency to create an Emergency Response Plan. Because of the planning process, Good Sam was ready when the pandemic hit. Read More

We Collaborate: The Latinx & Indigenous Migrant COVID-19 Response Task Force

By Kara Shoemaker

The Latinx & Indigenous Migrant COVID-19 Response Task Force is a countywide collaborative made up of more than 90 organizations working together to ensure coronavirus-safe working conditions for farmworkers in North County. Read More

We Listen: Community Grant Program Convening

By Kara Shoemaker

One way SBF facilitates learning is through Grantee Convenings. In 2019, the Foundation decided to steer away from traditional reporting requirements and try something new. Read More