Invest in Santa Barbara’s Students!

Let’s do all that we can today to help our children grow into the leaders our community needs tomorrow.

 

Together we can make an impact!

Although 2020 has been full of uncertainty, it’s shown how we can work together to overcome challenges. When we come together to make education a priority, there is no limit to what we can do.

 

Great schools don’t just happen!

We know that there are many giving opportunities this time of year; however, when you contribute to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation, you’re making a direct impact on our children’s future.

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HERE'S WHAT'S NEW!

YEAR-END APPEAL

Please invest in our kids now with a gift to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation! We connect education advocates like you with programs designed to significantly impact student outcomes with access to the arts, literacy, mental health, and early childhood education. Your gift creates educational opportunities that Santa Barbara students deserve!

IMPACT REPORT

Read more about what you have done for SB Unified students in our annual Impact Report! As you know, great schools don’t just happen—they are made possible with community supporters like you!

RECOGNIZE OUR EXCELLENT EDUCATORS

Help us thank all our excellent educators, whether a teacher, administrator, counselor, or support staff – we want to acknowledge those who inspire their students and us every day!

READ THE REPORT

ABOUT US

12,700

Students in the SB Unified School District
SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

2,319,090

Money raised during the 2020-21 school year
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1,700

Instruments placed in SBUSD schools
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LATEST NEWS

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

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Santa Barbara Education Foundation to Award $100,000 to Local Teachers

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The Santa Barbara Education Foundation will award 64 grants to SB Unified teachers totaling $100,000 to meet the needs of their students. With this grant cycle completed, SBEF has now…

SBEF Featured in The Giving List

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We did it! We made it on Montecito Journal’s The Giving List! As described in The Giving List, “giving to the Education Foundation is one of the most clear-cut ways to…

Alan Griffin Joins Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Board of Directors

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The Santa Barbara Education Foundation recently elected Alan Griffin to its Board of Directors. Raised in San Diego, Griffin has made Santa Barbara home for over 45 years. He is…

Lind Brothers Receive AFP Youth in Philanthropy Award

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In celebration of National Philanthropy Day, the Association of Fundraising Professionals will pay tribute to the individuals, organizations, and businesses who generously give their time, talents, and resources for the…

PER PUPIL FUNDING
FOR SB UNIFIED STUDENTS

Many percieve  SB Unified as a high wealth district, however, it only receives 1% above the state average for funding per student.

PER PUPIL FUNDING

IN LOCAL DISTRICTS

SB Unified $12,747

32%

Goleta Unified $15,012

38%

Cold Spring $28,906

72%

Montecito $37,246

93%
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 12th annual installment will take place October 4- October 22, 2021.  Each piano becomes its own piece of art as local Santa Barbara artists create individual looks.

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%