Story of Philanthropy: The Vulnerable Voice

Racism, bigotry, prejudice, and hate is a problem in America.You find it on the news and you hear it in stories from friends. In some instances, it happens explicitly. In other situations, however, it is implicit.Have you ever stopped and wondered - have I, or a person I know, perpetuated symptoms of racism and bias implicitly? For me, I have considered this and found although I mean well, I sometimes miss the mark and need to be more conscious about my subconscious thoughts. I feel that others, like me, may struggle with this. This is why I work to help educate our community on Implicit Bias. Read More...

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Community Conversations: An Interview with Ben Romo, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Barbara County

In the latest of our Community Conversations series, Jordan Killebrew, Communications Officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation, sat down with Ben Romo, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Barbara County to learn about his passion for podcasts, the outdoors, educating our youth and so many of the other things that he contributes to Santa Barbara County:

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Community Conversations: Santa Ynez Valley's Very Own, Guy Walker

Driving north on Highway 154, you travel through oak-dotted hills and descend into a lush, green basin known as the Santa Ynez Valley. You are ushered into the old town of Santa Ynez by a gentle wind that creates designs in the tall grass lining the side of the road. On Sagunto Street, a small adobe office is home to Guy Walker of Wealth Management Strategies where he and his wife Molly greet guests like dear friends. It is clear that Walker is a man bursting to share his pride and passion for the Santa Ynez Valley, and especially the Endowment for Youth Committee. Read more...

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Community Conversations: An Interview with Jason Dominguez, Santa Barbara's First District City Councilmember

It’s a crisp Wednesday morning. The sun is shining without a cloud in the sky. Quite the contrast to some of the recent brutal winter storms that elected officials like Jason Dominguez, Santa Barbara City Councilmember of district one, had to respond to in years.

Between closures at Santa Barbara Airport, falling historic trees, and emergency flooding throughout the city, Dominguez still found the time to sit down with Santa Barbara Foundation Communications Officer, Jordan Killebrew, to talk about his passion and dedication to the Santa Barbara community.

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WEDNESDAY 8/31 - SBPD Will Begin Implicit Bias & Other Training

Santa Barbara, California - August 24th, 2016 - With uncertain times facing our nation, Santa Barbara takes a plunge into peaceful progress with new Police Chief Luhnow, six weeks into her start, pledging to review the current trainings offered to the Santa Barbara Police Department and initiating educational programs designed to address issues such as Implicit Bias. 

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A Legacy Continues a Lifelong Search for a Cure

"Dr. Bierman was a true Renaissance man. In many of his interest areas, he was very much ahead of his time,” reflected Richard Gunner on the achievements of the esteemed Howard R. Bierman, M.D. From bio-chemist to oncologist, hematologist to aviator, inventor to loving family man, Dr. Bierman’s accomplishments exceeded his lifetime, as did his goal to cure cancer, which continues through Gunner’s stewardship of the Howard R. Bierman, M.D. fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation.

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Energy | A Wise Release

As the sound of fresh morning welcomed my ears, I walked allowing the illustrious endorphins of my morning exercise to calm my body. Looking up to the sky, noticing the depth of the clouds and the highlighted sunrise, I took a moment to ponder what I would like to inspire the world with today. A subtle sip from my coffee and it hit me. Energy. 

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Brain & Brawn | Do Your Job

The responsibility of the interpretation of the Constitution lies within the power of the most high court. So when Senator Mitch McConnell (R)  from the great state of Kentucky argued, "You reap what you sew," with regard to the hearing and potential appointment of a well respected and liked federal judge of the US Court of Appeals for DC, Merrick Garland, I was a bit confused. 

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