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 the last couple of years 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!

STATE OF OUR SCHOOLS

On Thursday, May 19, SBUSD Superintendent Dr. Hilda Maldonado will share the status of today’s local public schools along with student presenters. This event is a unique opportunity for community members and supporters to learn about the state of our public schools.

REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMPS

Have fun learning with us this summer by participating in one (or more) of our awesome camps! Scholarships are available!

REGISTER TODAY

WE CARE!

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Unified School District, is launching We Care, an initiative to support students, families, and teachers during this challenging time, nearly two full years into the pandemic.

LATEST NEWS

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

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SB Unified Superintendent and Students Present at the State of Our Schools

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Speaking to community members at the Elings Park Amphitheater, Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Hilda Maldonado and students addressed the community during the State of Our Schools presentation.…

Mission Scholars Nabs Its Second Gates Scholar in Three Years

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Last month, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation selected Santa Barbara High School senior Larry Bermudez as a recipient of its prestigious Gates Scholarship. Bermudez, who plans to study mechanical…

Adam’s Angels to Provide Essential Supplies to Students for the We Care Campaign

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Santa Barbara Education Foundation has worked to support the needs of students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District since 1985. One recent focus of the organization is the We…

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Brings Hope to Students by Raising $150,000

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On Thursday, April 28, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation hosted the Hope Awards to celebrate individuals and programs supporting students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. The first in-person…

ABOUT US

14,500

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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1,850

Instruments placed in SBUSD schools
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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%