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 early 2018 we supported two local re-granting programs of community wide significance. First, we have made a grant to the Santa Barbara Foundation Community Disaster Relief Fund in an effort to respond to needs from the Thomas Fire and related mud-slides. Second, we have made a grant to the Fund For Santa Barbara so support their efforts is responding to the needs of local immigrants. People interested in supporting those funds, or needing funds, can contact those organizations directly.