Great Schools Don’t Just Happen!

Great schools are made possible with supporters like you! Santa Barbara Education Foundation connects education advocates like you with partner programs to ensure that our students have access to essential instruction ranging from the arts and literacy to mental health and early childhood education.

How do you ensure a bright future for Santa Barbara?

Simple, you invest in the next generation. Right now, future engineers, doctors, and designers are sitting in our local classrooms. Those students diligently learning long-division and anxiously preparing for spelling tests will one day be making the decisions that will mold the future of our community.

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!

Invest in Santa Barbara's students!

You can help create the educational opportunities that all Santa Barbara students deserve! Are you willing to invest so that the next generation can reach their full potential?

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Year-end Appeal

How do you ensure a bright future for Santa Barbara? Simple, you invest in the next generation. When a community comes together and makes education a priority, it can raise the bar for all students. Make your gift today!

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, SBEF awarded grants to 56 SB Unified teachers for a total of $85,000.

State of Our Schools

Santa Barbara Education Foundation hosted Superintendent Cary Matsuoka of the Santa Barbara Unified School District to discuss today’s local education issues. Watch the presentation and see the presntation slides here.

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.

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Santa Barbara Education Foundation awards nearly $85,000 in grants

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Source: Santa Barbara News-Press If public school teachers want something done, that almost always means reaching into their own pockets to see it through. Around 94% of teachers report personally…

School Board Selects Superintendent Search Firm

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Santa Barbara School Board Trustees have hired McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C. as the consulting firm to handle the district’s search for a new superintendent. Cary Matsuoka, who has served as…

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Awards $85,000 in Teacher Grants

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By Erinn Lynch for Santa Barbara Education Foundation Santa Barbara Education Foundation hosted its annual Teachers Grant Award Ceremony on Jan. 8, awarding 56 teachers with $84,982 in grants. Funds…

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%