Press & Photo Releases

Recent Press Releases

As one of the largest private sources of funding for area nonprofits, agencies, and college-bound students, the foundation makes funds available to identify and strategically address critical community issues – to strengthen the nonprofit sector, to encourage collaboration and partnerships, and to engage and align philanthropic capital with community needs in order to positively impact the county’s common good. On this page, you will find all of the latest press releases about what the foundation is doing in our many communities in Santa Barbara County.



Santa Barbara Foundation Welcomes Four New Trustees


Santa Barbara Foundation Welcomes Liz Thasiah as Vice President, Programs

Santa Barbara Foundation Announces 80th Person of the Year

Submit a Nomination for the 80th Annual Person of the Year Awards

Three New Trustees Join the Santa Barbara Foundation Board


Ginger Salazar & Katina Zaninovich, named 79th Persons of the Year!

Statewide Mobilization to Promote Affordable Internet Connectivity Enrollment 

UCSB Center for Evaluation and Assessment Administers 2022 Nonprofit Leader Survey for Santa Barbara County

SBF Welcomes Tammy Sims Johnson as Vice President, Philanthropic Services

2022 MicroBusiness COVID Relief Grant Announcement English

2022 Programa de Fondos de Alivio Por COVID-19 Para el Condado de Santa Barbara

SBF Announces 2022 Community Grant Program Deadlines & Info Session for Santa Barbara County Nonprofits 

Four New Trustees to Join Santa Barbara Foundation Board in 2022


Prontopia Launches Community Caregiving Pilot Program in Santa Barbara County

COVID-19 Joint Response Fund Distributed $5.8 Million to Area Individuals and Nonprofits, Fund to Close in July

Fondo de Respuesta Conjunta COVID-19 distribuyó $5.8 millones a individuos y organizaciones sin fines de lucro en el área; el fondo está por cerrar en julio

Grant Deadline Approaching: County of Santa Barbara and SBF COVID-19 Emergency Business Assistance

Fecha Limite se Aproxima: El Condado de Santa Barbara y la Fundacion Santa Barbara Anuncian us Programa de Asistencia Empresarial de Emergencia

Submit a Nomination for Celebrate Philanthropy Honorees

Submit a Nomination for 78th People of the Year Awards (Formerly Man & Woman of the Year) 

Call for Veteran Serving Organizations: Join the Launch of the Santa Barbara County Veterans Collaborative

County of Santa Barbara and SBF Provide COVID 19 Emergency Business Assistance 

Comunicado de prensa de asistencia comercial de emergencia COVID 19 del condado y SBF

Santa Barbara Foundation Announces Inaugural Conservation, Environment, and Public Trails Grant Program

The Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation Restaurant Fund Awards $500,000 to 71 Restaurants through the Santa Barbara Foundation

El Fondo para Restaurantes de la Fundación Elaine F. Stepanek otorga $500,000 dólares a 71 restaurantes a través de la Fundación Santa Bárbara

Grants Available for Small, Independently Owned, Dine-In Restaurants in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley

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We love to share images of our community members, but we also need their permission first. If you choose to share an image, please make sure to download and fill out the SBF Photo Release form. We have one for adults and minors. Once this form is completed, please send the form and photo to Katherine Sanders, Communications Manager, at

If you would like to submit a photo of a minor please download and complete the SBF Photo Release Form for Minors.