Our Mission

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) enhances the success of students by supporting academic enrichment programs, developing partnerships to champion the critical needs of our schools, and engaging the community in building educational excellence in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

 

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!

 

Leave a Legacy!

Forward-thinking donors can ensure that our schools continue to provide a quality education for all Santa Barbara students, not just today but for generations to come. You can help sustain our important educational mission for the future by including a simple provision in your estate plans that names Santa Barbara Education Foundation as a beneficiary.

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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’s grant application  will be available on October 1.

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Keep the Beat Radiothon

In an effort to support public school music programs, 99.9 KTYD Morning Mojo’s Lin Aubuchon and Bill Pesso broadcasted live for two days to ask for cash donations and instruments for Santa Barbara’s students. In 2018, the Keep the Beat Radiothon brought in over 120 instruments and $12,000 to help fix and maintain the donated music makers.

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. Each piano becomes its own piece of art as local Santa Barbara artists create individual looks.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

15,000

Students in the school district
Support our Students

4,909,175

Money raised this school year
Donate Now

1,325

Instruments placed in SBUSD schools
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LATEST NEWS

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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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%
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 eighth annual installment will take place October 2nd-16th 2017, the longest run of Pianos on State to date! Each piano becomes its own piece of art as local Santa Barbara artists create individual looks.