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!

LOVE OF LITERACY LUNCHEON

Join Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Hilda Maldonado and the Santa Barbara Education Foundation for our inaugural Love of Literacy Luncheon. This free, inspirational event will feature a keynote speaker addressing why literacy is imperative for later life success, happiness, and positive health outcomes.

TEACHER GRANTS APPEAL

Santa Barbara Unified School District receives less funding than other local districts, and we receive far more teacher grant requests than we can award. Teachers use these grants to purchase innovative teaching tools and essential supplies for their classrooms. Can we count on you to give so we can reach our goal of raising an additional $37,000?

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

12,700

Students in the SB Unified School District
SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

2,319,090

Money raised during the 2020-21 school year
DONATE NOW

1,500

Instruments placed in SBUSD schools
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LATEST NEWS

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Local Music Teachers Kick Off the School Year with Instruments and a $16,000 Gift from SBEF

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The Sweet Sounds of SBEF Summer!

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SBEF provided hands-on musical learning opportunities over the summer so that students could keep their skills sharp for the upcoming school year. See what our aspiring musicians were up to!…

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%