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.
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.
The Fund regularly serves as an activist network center to promote coalition building among diverse groups and actively collaborates 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).