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!

2021 HOPE AWARDS

Join us to honor our local heroes of public education at the HOPE Awards. This year we will go virtual to honor Craig Price, a local attorney who spent nine years on the SBEF Board of Directors, and Nick Rail, the founder of Nick Rail Music who has quietly supported music education in our schools for the past 30 years.

STUDENT FUND-A-NEED

Student Fund-a-Need supports our students’ most critical needs. We are currently fundraising to provide jackets for students who are doing in-person learning. Classroom windows and doors need to be left open to allow for airflow, and more learning activities will happen outdoors. Unfortunately, this means that classrooms are colder, and students are subject to the elements. Please give to ensure that students are warm and dry during their lessons.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Registration for our summer programs is now open! Explore music through band strings, or drums. Or build STEAM over the summer (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, that is!) with robotics, art, and cooking! Registration is limited. Scholarships are available!

ABOUT US

14,000

Students in the school district
SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

1,931,775

Money raised during the 2020-21 school year
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1,500

Instruments placed in SBUSD schools
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LATEST NEWS

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Warren B. Ritter II Joins Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Board of Directors

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By Andrew Reynoso, Santa Barbara Education Foundation The Santa Barbara Education Foundation recently elected Warren B. Ritter II to its Board of Directors. Originally from South Carolina, Ritter graduated from…

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Event Raises Hope for Local Students

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Although the past year has been challenging for students, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation is finding a lot to celebrate. The organization has worked diligently to provide Santa Barbara Unified…

Bukola Ishola Joins Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Board of Directors

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By Andrew Reynoso The Santa Barbara Education Foundation recently elected Bukola Ishola to its Board of Directors. Being a child of Nigerian Immigrants, Ishola has been inspired to develop a…

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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 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.

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%