The Fund for Santa Barbara is a non-profit community foundation that supports grassroots organizations working for social, economic, environmental and political change in Santa Barbara County.
We believe that charity, while an important strategy to provide for basic needs, does not address the root causes of societal conditions such as violence, poverty, racism, illness and prejudice. We therefore fund local organizations which work to address social change by addressing these root causes of problems. We give preference to innovative grassroots projects that are unlikely to receive funding from more traditional sources. Learn more about our Grant Making Program.
We also provide organizations with training and technical assistance to ensure their projects will succeed. Learn more about our Capacity Building Program.
The Fund directs a local grant-making program that supports organizations working for social, economic, environmental and political change throughout Santa Barbara County. Community activists play a central role in the decision-making process. The Fund believes that conditions improve most dramatically when those who are most affected by an issue come together and organize to confront its root causes.
Capacity Building Program
The Fund works with more than 200 community groups each year providing technical assistance in the areas of organizational development, fundraising, community organizing, media strategy, lobbying and advocacy.
We regularly serve as an activist network center to promote coalition building among diverse groups and actively collaborate with other local foundations to strengthen the local non-profit community.
Watch the Fund for Santa Barbara video View the film A Quarter Century of Change not Charity (To view the film online, QuickTime and a high-speed cable or DSL connection is necessary).