Santa Barbara Education Foundation
The Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) promotes community investment in public education to ensure equity and access to an innovative, world-class education that inspires confidence, competence, and creativity in every student in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. We even support a Community of Schools initiative, through which schools become neighborhood hubs, offering after-school and evening programs for our children and their families.Learn More »
Get Ahead Program!
The Santa Barbara Education Foundation has completed its third year of summer school for high school students who wanted to earn credits and get ahead. Nearly 400 students enrolled this summer, including 180 scholarship students.Learn More »
Give the gift of music by donating new or used musical instruments for students in school programs and other music programs in Santa Barbara. Dig out that clarinet, violin, trumpet, drum, or keyboard. Instrument donations are welcome all year long.Learn More »
State of Our Schools
Santa Barbara Education Foundation hosted the State of Our Schools breakfast October 1st, 2015. Superintendent Dave Cash presented information on the Santa Barbara Unified School District's efforts to becoming culturally proficient, creating a technology learning environment, and implementing new content standards in all school subjects.Learn More »
Mobile Waterford Early Reading Program celebrated its eighth year providing kindergarten readiness and English-language instruction for four-year-olds in the neighborhoods where they live. The van operates year-round and provides services to over 100 children and their families.Learn More »
You Can Make a Difference!
Support Santa Barbara Education Foundation—Make an online donation of $50 and become a Friend of Education. Give $2500 and join the Superintendent's Circle!Learn More »
2015 HOPE Awards
On Thursday, April 16th, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation held its annual HOPE Awards, an opportunity to honor Jim Kearns, Village Properties, and The Garden Club of Santa Barbara for their contributions to public education. Since 1985, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has worked with community partners to enhance the educational experience of students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. We are proud to announce that donations from last year’s HOPE Awards granted 80 students with scholarships to attend our Get Ahead Summer School Program!Learn More »
Measures A & B
Measures A and B provide nearly $12 million over four years and serve over 15,000 students K-12. These measures will fund math, science, and technology education, career skills for job readiness, foreign language instruction, and music instruction.Learn More »
Leave a Legacy
Leave a legacy to public education in Santa Barbara by remembering the Santa Barbara Education Foundation in your estate plans.Learn More »