Setting the Standard: SBCC Foundation Creates Opportunity
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 23, 2021

Santa Barbara City College Foundation CEO Geoff Green is understandably proud of the SBCC Promise, the innovative program he spearheaded […more…]

Taking Pride in Their Continued Impact
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 16, 2021

For many nonprofits in Santa Barbara and around the nation, the height of the COVID pandemic was a time to […more…]

Justified Pivot: Organization Doesn’t Stop Fight Against Discrimination
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 9, 2021

Just Communities (JC), the nonprofit whose mission includes “dismantling all forms of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression,” works towards its vision […more…]

Santa Barbara: The Epicenter of (Direct) Relief
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 2, 2021

Direct Relief has been so efficient at serving as one of the country’s most effective humanitarian assistance organizations that it’s […more…]

A Look Toward the Future: How Endowing the Lobero Helps the Community
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 26, 2021

The Lobero Theatre is by far the oldest performing arts venue in Santa Barbara. In fact, it’s actually the longest […more…]

One with Nature: Montecito Union’s Unique Lab Making Progress
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 19, 2021

Montecito Union School’s Nature Lab, its interactive 2.5-acre space that’s beginning to take shape on the Upper Village campus, has […more…]

A Beautiful Race: Annual Fundraiser is Back for Girls Inc.
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 12, 2021

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara has had plenty on its plate since the pandemic altered almost everything back in […more…]

A Virtual Success: Cottage Hospital Foundation Surpasses Tiara Ball Goals
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 5, 2021

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation’s 2020 Tiara Ball, one of the more popular annual black-tie galas in a town with […more…]

Empowering Women Through Financial Education
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 29, 2021

Women’s Economic Ventures has been helping women start and run businesses for more than 30 years, helping in a variety […more…]

Feeding Curiosity: Wilderness Youth Project Utilizes Nature to Educate
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 22, 2021

I wasn’t much of a hiker before the pandemic. But being cooped up inside for days and weeks on end, […more…]

Changing Course: United Way Alters Path to Help Serve More
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 15, 2021

For a relatively large and well-established nonprofit organization in our community, United Way of Santa Barbara County over the last […more…]

A Commitment to Youth: Storyteller Children’s Center Withstood the Pandemic
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 8, 2021

Santa Barbara has been all awash with talk about the reopening of public schools ever since the pandemic shut them […more…]

A New Attraction, and Return of Some Popular Ones at the Santa Barbara Zoo
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 1, 2021

It’s not too big of a stretch to suggest that a lot of people probably felt like they might never […more…]

Finding a Compassionate PATH Nonprofit has Increased Homelessness Outreach Through Partnerships
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 24, 2021

The COVID pandemic was surely a challenge for just about everyone in Santa Barbara and all around the world, but […more…]

EYC 2.0: Endowment for Youth Committee Looks Beyond Money to Provide Long-Term Opportunity
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 17, 2021

The Endowment for Youth Committee is one of the oldest nonprofits serving the needs of African American students and the […more…]

Shifting Directions: Human Rights Watch Now Following an Inclusive Path
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 10, 2021

For more than 40 years, Human Rights Watch has enjoyed an international reputation for taking on and often accomplishing its […more…]

You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Friendship Center Finds a Way to Stay Connected
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 3, 2021

The Friendship Center serves an often overlooked, but much-needed niche for the aging adult community — providing a daytime home […more…]

The Curtain Rises Once Again: Ensemble Theatre Company Announces Full Slate of Productions for 2021-22 Season
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 27, 2021

Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) executive artistic director Jonathan Fox was already talking about reopening when he was interviewed for the […more…]

‘A Caseload of One’: CASA Puts the Focus on Individualized Attention for Children
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 20, 2021

The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is to assure a safe, permanent, and nurturing […more…]

‘We See a Lot of Hope Every Day’: SB Wildlife Care Network Growing as Need Expands
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 13, 2021

The pandemic might have produced a reduced need for services at many businesses and nonprofits. But that’s not the case […more…]

Showing its MOXI: Innovative Spirit Helps Organization Continue to Support Children’s Quest for Knowledge
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 6, 2021

Every organization had to pivot to produce programs during the pandemic. But for the MOXI museum, innovation comes with the […more…]

SB Education Foundation
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 22, 2021

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Executive Director Margie Yahyavi was reluctant to have her office visible during our Zoom call last […more…]

Community Environmental Council
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 15, 2021

With Earth Day 2021 rolling around just a week after the publication date of this issue of the Montecito Journal, […more…]

Standing Together to End Sexual Assault
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 8, 2021

April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), an annual campaign aimed at raising public consciousness to consider sexual assault […more…]

One805 Four Years Later, Nonprofit Continues to Kick Ash
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 1, 2021

Everybody in town likely knows about One805. Sure, they’re the organization who three years ago created the “Kick Ash Bash,” […more…]

Feeding Our Community: The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Adjusts to Meet Our COVID Needs
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 25, 2021

To say that the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has been busy is an understatement – the nonprofit distributed 9,708,944 […more…]

CALM is for Kids
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 11, 2021

April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month, so naturally our very own Child Abuse Listening Mediation has some special activities […more…]

Anti-Defamation League of SB 
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 4, 2021

This past January 6, Americans watched in horror as an insurrection fueled by violent conspiracy theories and white supremacy extremism […more…]

Breast Cancer Resource Center: THRIVE is Alive
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 25, 2021

Webster’s Dictionary defines thrive as a verb meaning “to grow vigorously, flourish” or “to progress toward or realize a goal […more…]

Search Dog Foundation: Finding Diamonds in the Ruff
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 18, 2021

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has had tremendous success in rescuing rambunctious shelter dogs and turning them into highly-trained rescue […more…]

At Organic Soup Kitchen, the Proof is in the Soup
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 11, 2021

Historians say that soup has been a staple of the human diet as long as man has cooked his food. […more…]

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 4, 2021

Just like nearly every place in town, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden closed for two months during the first phase of […more…]

New Beginnings
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 28, 2021

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

Easy Lift
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 22, 2021

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

AHA!
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 22, 2021

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to suggest that to many folks in our community, everyone who works at AHA! could […more…]

Philanthropy Spotlight: MLKSB
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 19, 2021

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