MAKING INVESTMENTS FOR THE LONG-TERM BENEFIT OF SANTA BARBARA
We recognize that there may be important projects that do not fall into our primary focus areas that can have a lasting beneficial impact for the Santa Barbara region. Consequently, we will participate, from time to time, in those efforts. In addition to looking for lasting impact, we are interested in projects that have broad participation from a variety of other funding sources, including local foundations and individuals. We view ourselves as secondary participants and our grants are likely to be modest. In general we do not support capital campaigns for organizations whose missions do not fall within our primary focus areas. Also, as a rule, we do not support events, or endowments.
In 2016 and 2017 the issue of mental health emerged on a community level as something not only important in and of itself, but also integral to addressing other pressing issues. In 2018 we will be hoping to support broad efforts that improve our community’s response to various mental health needs. It is not anticipated that this will remain a grant making area beyond the next few years.
In 2018 we will also be exploring potential grant making in response to the Thomas Fire and in response to emerging issues related to immigration. It is likely that both of these will be approached in partnership with local community foundations.