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The Fund For Santa Barbara
updated: Apr 26, 2014, 10:00 AM

The FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA is a 501c3 nonprofit community foundation dedicated to addressing the root causes of social, economic, environmental and political challenges in Santa Barbara County.

The FUND raises money through donations of all sizes in order to provide grants and technical assistance to local grassroots efforts. The FUND supports community-based projects working for "Change, Not Charity" through a variety of strategies including community organizing, direct action, popular education, legislative advocacy and the arts.

For more than thirty years, the FUND has been at the forefront of responsive and progressive philanthropy in our community, distributing over $5 million to more than 900 grassroots projects working for social justice, fair and affordable housing, accessible education, economic renewal, and a clean and healthy environment for all. Grants Program

The Fund directs a local grant-making program that supports organizations working for social, economic, environmental and political change throughout Santa Barbara County. Community activists play a central role in the decision-making process. The Fund believes that conditions improve most dramatically when those who are most affected by an issue come together and organize to confront its root causes.. Technical Assistance

The Fund works with more than 200 community groups each year providing technical assistance in the areas of organizational development, fundraising, community organizing, media strategy, lobbying and advocacy.

The Fund regularly serves as an activist network center to promote coalition building among diverse groups and actively collaborates with other local foundations to strengthen the local non-profit community.

Learn more at: www.fundforsantabarbara.org

Recently, The FUND awarded the SB County Water Guardians a $3000 Emerging Need Grant.

The FUND for Santa Barbara grant will help cover legal costs to draft initiative to ban fracking and other high-intensity oil production in Santa Barbara County.

Hundreds of volunteers with the Water Guardians are currently gathering the necessary 13,200 registered county voters to qualify “The Healthy Air and Water Initiative to Ban Fracking” for the November ballot. They are concerned about the increase in new and “re-worked” wells using toxic chemicals and risky techniques that pose threats of water contamination, air pollution and health impacts, as well as the sound and visual blight from increased industrial production that would harm the beauty and quality of life that make Santa Barbara County a desirable place to live and work.

“This is exactly the kind of social justice issue and direct action that The FUND is looking to support,” said Elena Richardson, Grants Program Manager forThe FUND for Santa Barbara. “We are impressed by the rapid organizing, coalition building and success of the Guardians efforts to date. The FUND’s Emerging Need Grant program is designed to provide immediate financial assistance to respond to grassroots organizing that emerges within the community”


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