GIVE through
December 31

Application Form

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    DEADLINE: Midnight, June 28, 2019
    (Including your high-resolution photos and 990 Form)

    Santa Barbara Gives! (SB Gives!) now in its third year, is a year-end, fundraising program based on a model that has been successful in other communities.

    The goal is to create a new network of donors for participating nonprofits, as we hope to reach more donors, make it easier for them to give at, and inspire them to dig a little deeper and give a little more than they might otherwise.

    SB Gives! is project-based. Donors will be motivated by both the mission of an organization and a special social change project chosen for this campaign. At, each nonprofit will have a web page with details, it’s simple to click and give, and the leader board makes it exciting to watch nonprofits tick up in donations as totals are tracked in real time.

    Now in its third year this year-end giving program is intended to leverage the resources of The Santa Barbara Independent and The Fund for Santa Barbara to create a new network of donors for nonprofit organizations serving Santa Barbara county. The Fund and The Independent are coming together to model other successful campaigns between weekly papers and their local community foundation.

    The Fund for Santa Barbara's Grant Making Committee was chartered to determine eligible local nonprofits based on their applications and the criteria below. The Fund will serve as the fiscal sponsor for the campaign providing donation support to donors and nonprofits.

    The Santa Barbara Independent will provide the marketing platform for these nonprofit organizations through the publication of a special guide highlighting the specific projects and provide the online platform for donations.

    The campaign will kick-off with a special Santa Barbara Gives! insert in The Santa Barbara Independent on November 14, the same day the website goes live. The Santa Barbara Gives! campaign will run through midnight December 31.

    Readers will have the opportunity to read about your organization and your Social Change Idea in both the Santa Barbara Gives! insert and online at

    Selected organizations will be asked to secure a challenge grant as a fundraising incentive to donors. Readers of the Santa Barbara Gives! insert are directed online to donate to the nonprofit(s) of their choosing. You are welcome to utilize the Santa Barbara Gives! website for your year-end fundraising.

    Santa Barbara Gives! generates a matching fund to encourage more giving.

    We Invite Social Change Applications From Non Profit Groups That:
    • Work against discrimination based on race, sex/gender, age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, ethnicity, language spoken, or immigration status;
    • Advocate for the rights of workers;
    • Promote self-determination in low income and disenfranchised communities;
    • Promote international peace and organize locally for a just foreign policy;
    • Work on improving the environment, especially organize a constituency usually without access to decision-makers;
    • Operate in a democratic manner, responsive to and directed by the constituency being served.
    • Use the arts to meaningfully engage communities in issues of advocacy, justice, and community-building.
    We Will Not Consider:
    • Political campaigns that support a candidate or a political party;
    • Private (vs. public) interests;
    • Direct labor organizing;
    • Projects providing direct services without a social change component;
    • Direct support to individuals;
    • Projects located outside of the Santa Barbara Independent distribution region.
    If you have questions about the selection process and/or the criteria contact Gary Clark at the Fund for Santa Barbara Email: [email protected].
    The deadline for application submission is midnight June 28, 2019.

    1. You can work on this document and save (and resume) as you need to.
    2. All fields with an *asterisk must be completed.
    3. If selected, information provided in this application will be displayed on your profile (D.O.P.) and on the website (D.O.W.).
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    For fields requiring NUMBERS OR DOLLAR AMOUNTS, only use numbers. Do not use commas, dollar signs, percent signs or text, or any decimals, as these will cause an error. Please make sure to add your attachments, including 990 forms and pictures, as your last step before submitting your application. This form does not save attachments.

    Word Count & Other Punctuation Issues

    Because this is an online form, each field has a different space for your responses (the "word count"). In some circumstances, the form may seem to indicate there is more space for additional text, but when you press Submit you may receive a notice you are over the word count. In this case, please edit/shorten your response. NOTE: This may be due to the slightly different ways the online form reads your text and punctuation, e.g. the way in which hyphens are counted, long dashes, numbers, $ signs, or commas. You may get a different word count on this form than in Microsoft Word. Please be patient and cut/edit as necessary. If you get stuck, we can assist.

    Technical Challenges?

    Email: [email protected]. We are available for RFP support between 9am-noon and 1pm-4:00pm Monday-Friday. Thank you!

    Organizational Contact Info

    Check all that apply.
  • Name as it appears on your IRS or CA State Tax Determination letters
  • Name by which you prefer to be listed.
  • Best thing to do is open the website in your browser and cut and paste the url here.
  • Please leave blank if you do not have a link.
  • Please leave blank if you do not have a link.
  • Category

  • Organization's mailing address

  • Organization's physical address (if different from above)

  • Primary SB Gives! Campaign Point of Contact Details

  • e.g. Approval of Profile Content
  • Point of Contact for Gift Transactions

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    When entering numbers below, do not use dollar signs, commas, or other punctuation. Just the numbers, please, or you'll get an error message later.
  • Organization's Details

  • What's Your Social Change Idea?

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  • Testimonial

  • Provide a short quote from someone your organization has impacted, including their name, age (optional) and city in which they reside. (approx. 150 words or 900 characters)
  • Feedback

  • 150 word max
  • Media Files

    We need your photos, for both our print edition and the website. The better your photos, the more likely our creative director will want to use them!

    Upload a minimum of two (and maximum of three) HIGH RESOLUTION photos for your organization (we recommend you upload three so we have more choices).

    Size: Photos should be horizontal format (not vertical) 1500 horizontal x 550 vertical pixels (approx 5x3 inches)(they can be larger, but must be at least 1 MB or larger to be high-res).

    Copyright: You must own the rights to these photos (or have a signed agreement with the photographer to use them) as these images may be printed in The Santa Barbara Independent and/or placed on the website. By uploading the image(s) you are confirming you have the rights to use and publish these photos. Please note, however, that no photo credit is given to the photographer. PLEASE NOTE attachments do not save in the draft mode.
    Please wait until you are ready to submit your final application before attaching your photos and 990 form.
  • Drop files here or
  • Leave blank if you don't have one
  • Attach your most recent 990 form here (as a PDF please!)
    For Technical, Website or Marketing Email: [email protected]
    For Criteria, Donor relations or Challenge Grant Email: [email protected].


    By submitting this application you are agreeing to keep the program confidential until launch, promoting your participation during the campaign, providing feedback at the end of the campaign and that the information you submitted is accurate to the best of your knowledge.