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Capacity Building Resources

The FUND believes that educational resources often have an equal or greater value than cash grants, especially to small working groups of people.

For this reason, and as part of its mission to provide an alternative concept in philanthropy, the FUND consciously commits staff and volunteer time to support community activists and organizations with skills-building opportunities, informational resources, and advice through our Capacity Building Program. To that end, the FUND recommends the informational resources accessible below.

For additional information and resources, please contact Capacity Building Manager, Kathleen Knight, at [email protected].


Online Voter Registration (CA)

President Joe Biden
U.S. Senator for California Alex Padilla
U.S. Senator for California Dianne Feinstein
Congressman Salud Carbajal

Governor Gavin Newsom
State Senator Monique Limon
State Assemblymember Steve Bennett
State Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham

Board of Supervisors
1st District: Das Williams, Chair
3rd District: Joan Hartmann
5th District: Steve Lavagnino, Vice Chair
Santa Barbara County Education Office

Santa Barbara County Municipalities
Santa Barbara
Santa Maria

California Legislative Information has the most up-to-date information on bills working their way through the California Legislature.

League of California Cities is an association of California city officials who work together to enhance their knowledge and skills, exchange information, and combine resources so that they may influence policy decisions that affect cities.

Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil mental health, women’s, children’s and consumer advocacy organizations working to advance justice for all Americans. Offers free resources and information on how nonprofits can lobby.

The Alliance for Justice Bolder Advocacy Project provides helpful resources and expertise to assist nonprofits and foundations advocate effectively and protect their right to do so.

California Association of Nonprofits’  “Vote with Your Mission” initiative provides a number of helpful resources for effective nonprofit voter engagement.

California League of Women Voters — resources on hosting candidate forums and making ballot measure presentations

CalNonprofits Causes Count is a report on the economic impact of California’s nonprofit sector including the relationship between government and nonprofits, disparities within the sector, nonprofits as an economic driver and major employer.

The Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO, pronounced “C-2”) is a racial-justice organization dedicated to building a social justice movement led by people of color. Established in 1980, CTWO is a training and resource center that promotes and sustains direct-action organizing in communities of color in the United States.

DataCenter unlocks the power of knowledge for social change. They support grassroots organizing for justice and sustainability through strategic research, training, and collaborations. We use research to help move the knowledge and solutions of communities of color and the poor from the margins to the center of decision-making.

Highlander Research & Education Center develops leadership and helps create and support strong, democratic organizations that work for justice, equality and sustainability in their own communities and that join with others to build broad movements for social, economic and restorative environmental change. 

Midwest Academy has trained over twenty-five thousand grassroots activists from hundreds of organizations and coalitions. Midwest Academy teaches an organizing philosophy, methods and skills that enable ordinary people to actively participate in the democratic process.

The Ruckus Society provides environmental, human rights, and social justice organizers with the tools, training, and support needed to achieve their goals through the strategic use of creative, nonviolent direct action.

Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) builds grassroots power to create social and economic justice for low-income, female, immigrant, black, and brown communities in Los Angeles.

Western States Center is building a progressive movement for social, economic, racial and environmental justice in the western states.

The Nonprofit Resource Network (NPRN) is the digital hub for the Santa Barbara County Nonprofit community. It is a social network connecting people with unique nonprofit business challenges — fundraising, staffing, board development, strategic planning, volunteer recruitment, professional development, etc. We invite you to join NPRN to help us create an interactive, well-matched community network providing deep resources and collaboration opportunities for all things Nonprofit in Santa Barbara County.