SBEF honors local heroes of public education at the annual HOPE Awards. This year we will go virtual to honor Craig Price, a local attorney who spent nine years on the SBEF Board of Directors, and Nick Rail, the founder of Nick Rail Music who has quietly supported music education in our schools for the past 30 years.


New this Year: Mystery Wine Pull

Support our Students!

New for this year, the mystery wine pull! We’ve collected an assortment of excellent wines, including some exclusive vintages not available for sale to the public. For $25, you can pull a mystery wine to take home to enjoy.

We are in need of YOUR generous support so that we may continue to provide much-needed funds to students at Santa Barbara Unified School District after a year of remote learning.

About the Honoree: Craig Price

Although he is best known for providing counsel in education law as an attorney for Griffith & Thornburgh, Craig Price has quietly supported public education from behind the scenes. During his nine-year tenure on the Santa Barbara Education Foundation Board of Directors, with two of those years as board president, Craig’s leadership helped transform the organization into its current form. It was Craig’s vision that elevated the SBEF from a small group of fundraisers mostly focused on music and expanded the organization to include a wider breadth of programs serving all students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

About the Honoree: Nick Rail

What started in 1986 as a modest store with a 9’ x 13’ retail space and one employee, has evolved into what we now know as Nick Rail Music⁠—a network of six stores serving as the premier school music dealer for southern California. Although many would applaud Nick for his business acumen, SBEF is celebrating his longtime support of music education. In partnership with SBEF, Nick Rail Music has donated new instruments valued in excess of $100,000 to Santa Barbara public school music programs. When Nick started his Summer Band Camp in 1989, he wanted to provide students with the opportunity to study music with low-cost registration and high-quality instruction. In 2016, Nick trusted the Santa Barbara Education Foundation to take over the camp but remains involved in the program to this day.


Program Highlights

Although this past year has been full of uncertainty, it’s shown how we can work together to overcome challenges. In response to the increased needs of SB Unified students, SBEF launched the Student Online & Academic Resource (SOAR) and Student Fund-a-Need campaigns to enlist the community’s help in providing students with basics like internet access, essential learning tools, food security, and warm clothing. SBEF also gave over $110,000 in Teacher Grants to support classroom needs and assist in pivoting towards innovative teaching.

When you contribute to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation, you’re making a direct impact on our children’s future.


About the Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Since 1985, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has worked with community partners to strengthen the educational experience of ALL students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. SBEF has raised funds to:

  • Support at-risk students
  • Ensure equal access to quality education
  • Support art & music education
  • Provide instruments
  • Offer summer school

SBEF believes that great schools have long-lasting effects on students and the community. Our goal is to continue to elevate the quality of public schools in our community.