A Star Wars Cantina Celebration: Renegades, Rebels, & Rogues

We’re bringing the Mos Eisley Cantina to Santa Barbara for an epic intergalactic fundraising extravaganza!

Join us for an evening of live dance, comedy, musical performances, food & drinks, and much more in support of the local nonprofits Hope Refuge and New Hope Creative Alliance!

All Ages Event! Doors open at 6pm, performances start at 7pm. Delicious buffet dinner provided by Soul Bites with purchase of buffet ticket.

*Dressing in your best galactic garb is encouraged BUT not required, although you may wish to participate in the costume contest!

*VIP ticket includes an event t-shirt and event-exclusive costume accessory.

Raise Our Voices – SURVIVORS

Join us for a song and stage event to encourage a caring and inclusive community! Featuring the Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Choir, the Inner Light Gospel Choir, a performance of the hour-long Holocaust and tolerance teaching play, SURVIVORS by Wendy Kout and a talkback moderated by Gwyn Lurie the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Montecito Journal. Thanks to partners Holocaust Museum LA, Holocaust Education Center of StandWithUs, donors Rod Lathim and Angela Antenore and sponsors Santa Barbara Education Foundation, ADL Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties, and Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. Thanks to a private donor and the support of SBUSD and the Santa Barbara Education Foundation there will be two performances of SURVIVORS for public school students during the day at the Marjorie Luke Theatre.

Back 2 School: Black Family Cookout

Healing Justice Santa Barbara (HJSB) is proud to collaborate with Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD), for the first annual Back to School: Black Family Cookout. This partnership is a part of a series of Black-centered events and programming intended to uplift and affirm the experiences of Black students throughout the district.
The Back 2 School: Black Family Cookout is on Sunday, August 27th, from 12 PM to 4 PM at Franklin Elementary School (campus field).

Program Evaluation Through An Equity & Social Justice Lens

This workshop is being co-convened by CLU Center For Nonprofit Leadership, The Fund For Santa Barbara and the McCune Foundation.

Organizational leaders know the importance of assessing the impact they have on the communities they serve, but are often at a loss about how to do so. This foundational workshop is for organizational leaders in the philanthropy space who wish to engage in program evaluation, but wish to do so in an intentional manner that honors and embraces inclusivity. Inclusivity demands intentionality and crafting a data-gathering strategy to assess your organization’s impact.  The inclusive evaluation framework presented in this workshop goes beyond the numbers and accounts for the intangible impact organizations have in their communities. Through its application, leaders may better communicate their value to funding sources and the public.

This workshop will walk attendees through an inclusive framework that will help guide their program evaluation efforts and navigate the challenges they’ll encounter in the various phases of the evaluation process. Attendees will walk away with a clear program evaluation strategy that aligns with their organization’s mission and considers current resources available to them.

  • Participants will differentiate between standard frameworks of evaluation and the inclusive framework presented in this workshop.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to evaluate their current program evaluation efforts against the integrative model presented.
  • Participants will explore designing a data-gathering strategy based on the inclusive framework of the evaluation presented.

Lompoc City Mayor and School Board (at-large) Candidate Forum

As a service to the community, the American Association of University Women Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch, a non partisan organization committed to equity for all, is hosting an candidate forum for the at-large offices of Lompoc Mayor and the two year term of School Board Member. The community is invited to meet all candidates at 6:00 followed by the forum at 6:30. The event will be held in person at City Hall (100 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc), streamed on TAP TV and via Zoom Webinar with live interpretation so that the entire community can participate. Registration is requested.

Working Together for Transformative Change: Our Nonprofit Sector’s Role in Advancing Regional Equity

In our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, and the destructive impacts of climate change, we recognize that the road to recovery cannot lead us back to the old normal. Whether a direct service provider, an advocacy group, or community foundation, we each have a role to play in advancing social change. How can we support one another in advancing equity within our organizations, our nonprofit sector, and the broader community?

The Central Coast Regional Equity Initiative aims to unify community groups, researchers, local government, and philanthropic organizations in a shared regional vision of equity that recognizes the unique struggles and aspirations of the Central Coast’s peoples and communities. Join The Fund for Santa Barbara and NPRN for the first event in a series of community engagement sessions centered on building a collective framework and action-agenda rooted in equity, sustainability, and justice.

This first community building session will highlight key findings of inequity facing Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties from the initiative’s first report, Towards and Just and Equitable Central Coast, and serve as a space for community groups to come together to discuss addressing and advocating for equity within the Central Coast.

Ethnic Studies Film Festival

The Chicano/Latino studies students at Santa Maria High School are excited to invite all district students to an event at SMHS. There we will have films that showcase BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) in film. We will also have amazing food like Pupusas, Filipino food, and Aguas Frescas. We encourage all students to join us. The event will take place April 8th from 1 – 4pm.

Central Coast Regional Equity Study: Towards a Just and Equitable Central Coast

The Central Coast Regional Equity Study marks a critical first step toward initiating and framing equity-centered conversations in policy advocacy and community organizing, with research and analysis of equity indicators related to the social, economic, civic, and environmental well-being of our rapidly diversifying Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties region. Guided by a transformative vision rooted in equity, sustainability, and justice, together we offer this initiative’s first report, Towards a Just and Equitable Central Coast, with the hope that it serves as a starting point for discussion about the region’s racial, economic, environmental, and political inequities.

Please join The Fund for Santa Barbara, UCSB Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy and the USC Equity Research Institute for the live- streamed launch of the Regional Equity Initiative.