Community Environmental Council

When the Thomas Fire burned through our region in 2018, it became the largest fire in California. Today it is the sixth largest. Fire season is now year-round, marked by mass evacuations, mass blackouts, and unfathomable fire runs measured in acres per second. Meanwhile, the Central Coast is heating at twice the rate of other parts of the U.S. We need clear thinkers and leaders who can bring people together as a community to tackle the impacts of the climate crisis. This is what CEC does, and why I stand with them.
Pat McElroy, Former City of Santa Barbara Fire Chief, CEC Board Member

The Caregivers

Angels at the Wheel Easy Lift Transportation

Slight and sinewy, Al Falcone clocks into his job as a driver with Easy Lift at 4:30 am. Over the […more…]

Celebrating the Generation Before Us Friendship Center

At 27, Heidi Holly already knew that the elder community “was her tribe.” In the 35 years since, Heidi has […more…]

Easy Lift Easy Lift Transportation

Several years ago, my elderly neighbor gave up driving due to recurring hip injuries and a debilitating autoimmune disease. Sometimes […more…]

How Beautiful Death Can Be Sarah House Santa Barbara

While in her late 20s – some 17 years ago – Paloma Espino witnessed death for the first time.  She […more…]

The Cultured

Ignite Learning MOXI The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

In 2017, Santa Barbara welcomed a new, exciting and wholly unique museum to its ranks: MOXI, The Wolf Museum of […more…]

The Arts, Back in Full Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Finally, after a five-year, $50-million capital campaign to renovate the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, in the spring of 2021 […more…]

We’ve Got This, Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures

Celesta M. Billeci, UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Miller McCune Executive Director, is on her 12th Zoom call of the day. […more…]

A Class of Musicians Like None Before Music Academy of the West

In 2017, the Music Academy of the West and its uniquely capable leader, Scott Reed, were the subject of a […more…]

The Defenders

A Global Challenge Human Rights Watch

It has always been important to recognize that injustice and discrimination occurs in the United States and not only in […more…]

Much More than Lights and Sirens Montecito Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation

Firefighters do a lot more than fight fires.  On any given day, Montecito Fire’s 33 active duty firefighters wake up […more…]

A Child’s Voice Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County

America’s child welfare court system is imbued with incredible power. Judges routinely make decisions that indelibly alter the course of […more…]

Fighting Hate for Good Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties

Dan Meisel was made for his current job running the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Santa Barbara-based Tri-Counties regional office.  Raised in […more…]

The Earth Minders

A Garden of Delights Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Bounded by the Pacific to the west and the Sierra Nevada to the east, California is home to over 6,500 […more…]

A Botanical Nirvana Ganna Walska Lotusland

In Montecito, a land of spectacular architecture and pristine gardens, there lies a property like no other: Lotusland.  Set across […more…]

Bold Climate Action Community Environmental Council

The double blow of the Thomas Fire and ensuing debris flow in 2018 left no doubt about the increasing threats […more…]

Pragmatic Environmentalism Heal the Ocean | Santa Barbara

In 2011,long before Covid-19 forever changed how we think of nonprofit fundraising events, Santa Barbara-based Heal the Ocean held an […more…]

The Educators

Learning, Naturally Montecito Union School Foundation

Vanessa Scarlett, the science specialist at Montecito Union School, bubbles with excitement at the plans for a 2.5-acre parcel of […more…]

Black Youth Give Back to Santa Barbara Endowment for Youth Committee

Guy R. Walker is President and Founder of Wealth Management Strategies, a boutique financial advisory firm based in Santa Ynez, […more…]

Santa Barbara’s Recipe for Academic Success Santa Barbara Education Foundation

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation is not your normal nonprofit supporting students. Rather it is like an educational Robin Hood, […more…]

We Are Family Storyteller Children’s Center

In the 1960s, the Perry Preschool in Ypsilanti, Michigan laid the groundwork for our understanding of the value of early […more…]

The Empowerers

Philanthropy Spotlight: MLKSB Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara chose the theme for its 14th annual observance of the holiday […more…]

Creating a Community of Heroic Youth Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

In April of 1999, two high school seniors walked onto the campus of Columbine High School in Colorado with semi-automatic […more…]

Empowered Leaders Leading From Within

Nonprofit leaders make it their personal mission to serve others, and in doing so, too often lose sight of themselves. […more…]

Four Local Leaders Join Leading From Within Board Leading From Within

Four new members – Katya Armistead, Ashley Costa, Alma Hernández, and Kiah Jordan – have joined the Board of Directors of Leading […more…]

The Equity Advocates

His Dream is Still Alive Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara

As a young person in 1963, E. onja Brown got on a bus at W. 138th in Harlem bound for […more…]

Proud Pacific Pride Foundation

The first person with HIV that Kristin Flickinger met was a 12-year-old boy named Carter who attended her small town […more…]

Dismantling Racism on the Central Coast Just Communities

In 2008, Fabiola Gonzalez-Gutierrez took part in Just Communities’ intensive CommUnity Leadership Institute designed to teach up to 40 local […more…]

The Healers

A New Beginning for Santa Barbara’s Most Vulnerable New Beginnings

While New Beginnings’ work began with its counseling services more than 50 years ago, it has grown into a countywide […more…]

Never Giving Up in the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

At age 12, Axel Penaloza was diagnosed with brain cancer.  “I was so scared,” Penaloza says. “I was thinking, why […more…]

Every Child Thrives CALM

Sure, CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) was the first nonprofit in the country to dive head-first into child maltreatment prevention. […more…]

New Beginnings New Beginnings

When COVID-19 first closed down in-person meetings, everyone hurried to figure out online opportunities. But New Beginnings Counseling Center (NBCC) […more…]

The Nurturers

Making it Home PATH

From 2015 through 2020, homelessness in Santa Barbara County grew by roughly 10% to 1,897 men, women and children. The […more…]

United in Crisis and Community United Way of Santa Barbara County

For the nonprofits that matter, mission statements are much more than words on paper. They are the foundation of that […more…]

Feeding Hungry People During a Rolling Crisis Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

When disaster struck in the form of COVID lockdowns and an unfolding economic crisis, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County […more…]

Life Saving Soup Organic Soup Kitchen

Anthony Carroccio, Executive Director and founder of Organic Soup Kitchen, has a profound vision for his 120-gallon steam kettles. “We […more…]

The Performers

Ensemble Means Together Ensemble Theatre Company

As the pandemic set in, Santa Barbara’s renowned Ensemble Theatre Company was poised to open American Son – a gripping […more…]

Relighting the Marquee The Granada Theatre

You are sitting up front in the ornate Granada Theatre. It has been too long since you have had an […more…]

The Community’s Theatre The Lobero Theatre

Not only is the Lobero the longest running theatre in California (founded in 1873), but it is relentless, with over […more…]

The Physicians

Healing by Fostering Hope Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara

In 1997, a group of breast cancer survivors and others came together to talk about having a place where women […more…]

Medical Excellence in Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation

Santa Barbara offers a temperate climate for yearlong enjoyment of ocean and mountain recreation, world-renowned arts, and a topflight university. […more…]

Community Health Requires Healthcare for All Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is the south county’s firewall against communal public health threats.  Every year, its eight clinics in […more…]

The Saviors

Preparing Everyday for the Worst Day Ever ShelterBox USA

Kerri Murray, a veteran disaster relief professional, first saw ShelterBox in action in 2010 as Haiti was reeling from a […more…]

Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of Us One805 | Prepare • Equip • Support

By the time the Thomas Fire turned toward Montecito in December 2017, Santa Barbara County’s first responders had already spent […more…]

An Expression of Santa Barbara’s Global Philanthropic Reach Direct Relief

In 1948, an Estonian immigrant named William Zimdin – who had experienced the ravages of World War II – founded […more…]

From Rescued to Rescuer National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

When the debris flow hit Montecito on January 9, 2018, Riley was ready.  Having been deployed to the tsunami in […more…]

The Wild Ones

Kinetic Joy: Youth in Nature Wilderness Youth Project

Children today spend as much as 90% of their lives indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  The effects on […more…]

Our Wild Neighbors Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network

Ariana Katovich, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network, winds her way through Montecito, a Great Horned Owl […more…]

An Oasis for Animals and Humans Alike Santa Barbara Zoo

After three months of being closed to the public in response to the pandemic, the Santa Barbara Zoo reopened in […more…]