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On Giving Tuesday! Santa Barbara Independent Publisher, Brandi Rivera and Fund for Santa Barbara’s, Gary Clark talk Santa Barbara Gives! with Maria Long on Doctors Without Walls Humanitarian Health Hour on KZSB AM 1290. Have a listen here.

Introducing Santa Barbara Gives!

Santa Barbara Gives! is a year-end fundraising program for Santa Barbara nonprofits. The goal is to create a new network of donors for participating nonprofits, make it easy for donors to give at SBGives.org, and to inspire first-time donors to give in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Gives! is project based. Donors will be motivated by both the mission of an organization and a progressive change project.

44 Santa Barbara nonprofits have been invited to participate in the pilot year of Santa Barbara Gives! Each nonprofit’s mission, progressive change project, and challenge grants can be found in their profile on sbgives.org.

Community members and businesses partners have stepped forward to pledge challenge grants to individual organizations and matching grants to the overall campaign. Now it is up to the community to support and give to these nonprofits.

Santa Barbara Gives! launches November 2, 2017 and runs through December 31, 2017.

Santa Barbara Gives! is a year-end giving campaign for Santa Barbara nonprofits born from a partnership between The Santa Barbara Independent and The Fund for Santa Barbara.

A Letter from The Fund for Santa Barbara

Dear Santa Barbara Independent Reader,

The Fund for Santa Barbara is honored to be partnering with the Santa Barbara Independent on this exciting new project to help raise critical funds for some of our region’s most important community-based organizations. It’s not often that a media outlet is willing to leverage their platform to cultivate much needed resources to solve community problems. We applaud the Santa Barbara Independent for stepping up to help our community in this way.

While Santa Barbara County is fortunate to be a region of tremendous prosperity and natural beauty, our region also faces many of the same problems that challenge our society as a whole: poverty, environmental degradation, homelessness, racial and ethnic prejudices, violence against women, homophobia, and many other social, economic and environmental problems.

In this guide you will find social change and cultural organizations selected by the FUND’s Grant-Making Committee, who are working to address some of those problems here, where we live and work.  Most of these groups are working for change by focusing on the root causes of societal problems, by providing long-term solutions, while operating in a manner that advances democracy here at home, and being responsive to and directed by the people they serve.

We encourage you to take a good look at this guide and consider supporting any number of the organizations featured. And then please share this guide with a friend, or better yet, visit sbgives.org and share it with your social media networks.

With much gratitude,

-Marcos Vargas, Ph.D.
Executive Director

A Letter from The Santa Barbara Independent

To Our Readers:

We at the Santa Barbara Independent are proud to be part of this great community. A vital piece holding our community together is the network of nonprofits that work so tirelessly to improve the lives of us all. But they need our continued support. Today we are launching a new project, Santa Barbara Gives!, in partnership with The Fund for Santa Barbara, which will offer all our readers an opportunity to help some of these nonprofits. In the following pages, you will discover an amazing variety of groups that are hoping to find the financial support they need to accomplish specific goals. We are asking you to read about the 44 organizations in this year’s Give Guide and decide which ones you would like to support. You can donate as much as you like, even as little as $10. The nonprofits selected this year provide direct services for everyone from those seeking mental-health assistance to young girls wanting to learn how to play an instrument. The categories range from Arts & Culture and Health & Wellness to Social Justice and Youth & Education. We hope their stories and their Big Ideas inspire you to Give.

For more than 30 years, the Independent has supported the nonprofit community through our annual Calendar of Fundraisers, by sponsoring many of their events, and through our in-depth editorial coverage. But this pilot project offers everyone an opportunity to support our nonprofit community.

Santa Barbara Gives! has been modeled after successful campaigns around the country, and, with your support, we look forward to expanding the program each year to include other organizations who make Santa Barbara a great place to call home.

The launch of any new endeavor entails myriad behind-the-scenes efforts. The Independent is deeply appreciative of our partnerships with The Fund for Santa Barbara, the Hutton Parker Foundation, Cox Communication, and the Santa Barbara Foundation. Their participation and that of the 44 organizations have made this project possible. 

It is the goal of Santa Barbara Gives! to provide an easy platform with which we can all donate to the great groups described here. Visit sbgives.org for even more information than you will find in this guide. We hope this inspires you to Give and thank you for being an Independent reader.

-Brandi Rivera