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

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. The 2021-22 Teacher Grant Cycle is now open!

PIANOS ON STATE

Pianos on State is an interactive musical experience that takes place during Arts & Humanities Month in October.  We are so excited to announce that our 12th year is back in person on State Street!  Each piano becomes its own piece of art as local Santa Barbara artists create individual looks. Pianos are available for musical exploration, impromptu play, and group performances morning, afternoon, and evening.  Amateur, professionals, and public musicians alike are invited to sit down and play!  Pianos will be out on State Street from October 5th – 22nd.

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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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SBEF to Award $95,000 in Grants to SB Unified Teachers

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The Santa Barbara Education Foundation funds grants once a year to support the purchase of much-needed supplies and tools and encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching in the…

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Raises Over $65,000 for Student Literacy

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On Wednesday, September 29, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation hosted the Love of Literacy Luncheon to highlight the need for support of students struggling with reading in the Santa Barbara…

SBEF on 805 Focus

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Mission Scholars: Embracing our Community’s Children

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By Cassie Lancaster Source: Montecito Journal Imagine a kid. He’s your son, and he has big plans. He wants to attend college, launch a startup, and make it big. He…

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 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%