Our Mission

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) enhances the success of students by supporting academic enrichment programs, developing partnerships to champion the critical needs of our schools, and engaging the community in building educational excellence in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

 

Give to Santa Barbara Schools!

Life-changing opportunities are made possible with community support–that’s you! You can help create the educational opportunities that all Santa Barbara students deserve! Show your support for our students with a gift to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation today. Because when you invest in a child’s educational experience, you help create a better future for everyone!

 

Leave a Legacy!

Forward-thinking donors can ensure that our schools continue to provide a quality education for all Santa Barbara students, not just today but for generations to come. You can help sustain our important educational mission for the future by including a simple provision in your estate plans that names Santa Barbara Education Foundation as a beneficiary.

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Teacher Grants

Santa Barbara Education Foundation funds grants once a year to support the purchase of much-needed supplies and tools, as well as to encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. This year’s grant application  will be available on October 1.

State of Our Schools

Join Santa Barbara Education Foundation for a presentation by Superintendent Cary Matsuoka of the Santa Barbara Unified School District to discuss today’s local education issues. There will be networking and a continental breakfast prior to the presentation. Space is limited. Reservations are required.

Pianos on State

A favorite event in Santa Barbara, Pianos on State is a collaborative and interactive musical experience that takes place during Arts and Humanities month in October. Each piano becomes its own piece of art as local Santa Barbara artists create individual looks.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

15,000

Students in the school district
Support our Students

4,909,175

Money raised during the 2018-19 school year
Donate Now

1,325

Instruments placed in SBUSD schools
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LATEST NEWS

Read more about how SBEF is making headlines in the community.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark your calendar for one of our local events helping to support Santa Barbara students.

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Jeffrey Milem Joins Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Board of Directors

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Santa Barbara Education Foundation recently elected Jeffrey Milem to its Board of Directors. Milem is the Dean and a Professor at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa…

Larry Harter Joins Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Board of Directors

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Santa Barbara Education Foundation recently elected Larry Harter to its Board of Directors. Harter serves as President of Pueblo Radiology and California Managed Imaging.  He also serves on the executive…

Jon Clark Joins Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Board of Directors

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Santa Barbara Education Foundation recently elected Jon Clark to its Board of Directors. Through his position as President of the James S. Bower Foundation, Clark has shown his dedication to…

WHERE THE
MONEY GOES

Current operation and program spending breakdown

  • Academic Support
  • Literacy
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Mental Health
  • Music & Performing Arts

Academic Support 51%

51%

Literacy 16%

16%

Early Childhood Education 14%

14%

Mental Health 10%

10%

Music & Performing Arts 9%

9%
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

PIANOS ON STATE

A favorite event in Santa Barbara, Pianos on State is a collaborative and interactive musical experience that takes place during Arts and Humanities month in October. The tenth annual installment will take place October 21- November 7, 2019.  Each piano becomes its own piece of art as local Santa Barbara artists create individual looks.