The Healers

Why Give?

My parents, Michael and Gail Towbes, moved to Santa Barbara County in 1957, and from the beginning, they were deeply engaged in supporting the community where they lived. Initially, they donated their time and energy as volunteers, and my sister and I often tagged along. It was just part of who we were as a family. My parents loved Santa Barbara. Our “American Riviera” was the perfect blend between a sleepy beach town and a cosmopolitan mecca; a unique synergy between an intimate, close-knit community and a sophisticated metropolis. They believed that supporting the organizations that make this place special [...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…]

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…]

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…]

Changing Course Mental Wellness Center

For nearly 75 years, the aim of Santa Barbara’s Mental Wellness Center has been to help adults living with mental […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…]

A Two-Front Battle Against Sexual Assault Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA)

How do you end sexual assault across an entire community?  The answer, according to the leaders of Standing Together to […more…]