The Empowerers

Finding a Community of Giving

As philanthropists, it is our view that wealth is both a blessing and a responsibility. We have been most fortunate to be blessed with bounty in our lives and believe that it is our moral obligation to share this bounty by giving. For us, wealth creates a sacred trust to be put to use in helping to repair our world in impactful ways to improve the lives of others and hopefully advance our human condition through our efforts in giving. Growing up, both of us experienced financial strains and sometimes even hardships. We both know what it means to struggle [...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…]

AHA! Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

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 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…]

Women, a Smart Investment Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) was founded in 1991 when women earned 56 cents for every dollar earned by a man. […more…]

Uniting the Boys & Girls Club United Boys & Girls of Santa Barbara County

During 2020, when so many of us were hunkering down as COVID-19 turned our lives upside down, two Santa Barbara […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…]

Girls Take the Lead Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

By her sophomore year of high school, Sarahi Larios Cruz had already experienced family disruption, racism and systemic inequity, but […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…]