SANTA BARBARA EDUCATION FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization that promotes the private support of public education, by investing resources in our schools to support the education of our students, the most valuable asset to our community and society.

Our mission is to enhance 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.


SANTA BARBARA EDUCATION FOUNDATION supports students in our public schools in a multitude of ways:

SBEF serves as the fiscal sponsor for a wide variety of important school district projects that address core educational issues and generate generous grant funding for programs including Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), Mobile Waterford, BRAVO!, the Harding Early Years Project (HEYP), McKinley’s AVANCE and the Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute. Fiscal Agents »

SBEF has a track record of securing funding for important projects to benefit the Santa Barbara public schools, ranging from playground equipment to library books, from technology tools to teacher grants for best practices. SBEF Accomplishments »

SBEF has a eight-year track record of championing music in the schools, highlighted by the successful Keep the Beat fundraising project that has raised more than $400,000 to provide music education in the elementary schools and instruments for its students. Keep The Beat »

SBEF staged a benefit concert in December 2009 that was well-attended, raised significant dollars for the support of music education, and created the opportunity for students to perform on stage with professional artists, including Michael MacDonald. Music Education »

SBEF’s annual HOPE AWARDS honor people and organizations in the community who demonstrate strong support for public education and inspire others. Hope Awards »

SBEF led the marketing campaign for Measures Q & R, bonds that will provide badly needed renovations at our schools in a fiscally responsible way. Measures Q & R »

SBEF led the 2008 marketing campaign for Measures H & I which has brought over $6 million in funding to support Measures H & I »

In a multitude of ways, SBEF supports the education of our children — our community’s most valuable asset. To find out how you can be part of SBEF, email us at Margie@santabarbaraeducation.org or call (805) 284-9125.