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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 RiveraPublisher