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December 31

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

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