THE FOUNDATION FOR SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE

Investing in our community's college since 1976

aka SBCC Foundation   |   Santa Barbara, CA   |  www.sbccfoundation.org

Mission

Our Vision: Changing lives through education Our Mission: The SBCC Foundation fuels the excellence of Santa Barbara City College by engaging the community, building relationships, and inviting the generosity of donors. The resources raised and managed by the Foundation enrich college programs, remove barriers, and empower students to succeed.

Ruling year info

1976

CEO

Geoff Green

Main address

721 Cliff Drive

Santa Barbara, CA 93109 USA

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EIN

95-3234551

NTEE code info

Community/Junior College (B41)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Access to a high-quality affordable college education is both more critical and more challenging than ever. Student debt approaching $1.7 trillion in the United States, while both employment and earnings correlate strongly with educational achievement. With economic inequality on the rise nationally over the last four decades, this poses a particularly difficult challenge. In California, community colleges receive lowest level of public funding per student of all public education systems. Community colleges also serve the most diverse, lowest-income Californians with the least access to financial aid for non-tuition costs. Although community colleges are the best option for many students and enroll approximately half of all US college students, they receive only about 2% of the private charitable gifts given to higher education each year. By dramatically increasing the private support available to SBCC and it's students, the SBCC Foundation empowers students to succeed.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SBCC Promise

The SBCC Promise provides local students who complete their secondary education within the Santa Barbara Community College District with the opportunity to attend SBCC full-time for two years free of charge.

Using privately raised funds, the SBCC Promise covers fees, books, and supplies. The Promise effectively removes economic barriers, making our community’s college fully accessible to all eligible students.

To be eligible for the SBCC Promise, a student must:

1. Complete his or her secondary education within the Santa Barbara Community College District (southern Santa Barbara County from Gaviota to Carpinteria).

2. Complete the California College Promise Grant application (formerly the Board of Governors Fee Waiver) Application.

3. Enroll at SBCC within 12 months of completing secondary education or, if entering military service directly out of high school, enroll within 12 months of completion of military service.

4. Commit to a full-time student schedule (minimum 12 units) for each fall and spring semester of the SBCC Promise. Participation in summer session is encouraged, but there is no minimum load requirement.

5. Complete a Student Educational Plan (SEP).

6. Participate in academic counseling (at least one session per semester).

7. Remain in good academic standing at SBCC.

The SBCC Promise is open to any student who meets the eligibility requirements and is willing to make the necessary commitments.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Nonprofit of the Year 2017

Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

FY 2020-2021 = $1,132,185

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Fiscal Year 2020-2021 = $25,492,273

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The SBCC Foundation aims to provide access to an affordable, world-class education for all local students who wish to study at SBCC.

The SBCC Foundation fuels the excellence of Santa Barbara City College by engaging the community, building relationships, and inviting the generosity of donors.

The SBCC Foundation raises funds from individuals, foundations, businesses, and civic organizations who wish to invest in our college, its students, and the future of our region.

The resources raised and managed by the Foundation enrich college programs, remove barriers, and empower students to succeed.

In a typical year, the SBCC Foundation:
- serves more than 1,500 local recent high school graduates through the SBCC Promise
- provides more than $1 million is scholarships and book grants
- distributes $1.5 million to support college-based programs that support students to succeed
- partners with dozens of community-based organizations to increase college access, enrollment, and success

SBCC is a nationally-renowned comprehensive community college serving southern Santa Barbara County. Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College welcomes all students. The College provides a diverse learning environment and opportunities for students to enrich their lives, advance their careers, complete certificates, earn associate degrees, and transfer to four-year institutions.

The SBCC Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as a strategic partner to SBCC by securing philanthropic investment in the college and its students. The SBCC Foundations provides more than $5 million annually for student success programs, scholarships, emergency funds, and to enable the college to support all students to succeed.

With more than 45 years of experience, a professional staff of fifteen, and a volunteer board of directors that draws from all corners of our region, the SBCC Foundation is a widely recognized leader in local, state, and national efforts to build community college philanthropy.

Managing more than $90 million is assets, the SBCC Foundation is currently the largest community college foundation in the State of California, and among the most successful in the nation.

As a completely independent 501c3 nonprofit organization, the SBCC Foundation has the capacity to move quickly, innovate, and ensure that the needs of our community's students are met.

In fall 2016, the SBCC Foundation launched the SBCC Promise, an ambitious effort to remove college access barriers and make our community's college accessible and affordable to all local students who have recently completed their secondary education within the SBCC district.

The idea of a “college promise" is not new, but the SBCC Promise is revolutionary in that it is comprehensive (covers all required fees, books, and supplies), robust (covers two full years), and open access (not restricted based on past academic performance). Eligibility is determined by a student's high school location or place of residence, year of graduation, and commitment to the SBCC Promise eligibility requirements (details at sbccpromise.org).

Research on college achievement correlates a student's chance of success in college with early enrollment, full-time student status, and access to academic counseling and support. The SBCC Promise is specifically designed to incentivize these three elements.

It is also an exemplary model of a public/private partnership, as 100% of the funding for the SBCC Promise is privately raised from donors to the SBCC Foundation.

The SBCC Promise reinforces our community college's commitment to the local community and strengthens our region's economy, neighborhoods, and families. Santa Barbara City College is repeatedly ranked among the nation's top community colleges due to its remarkable faculty and staff, history of innovation, student achievement, and more. Whether a student wishes to pursue a trade, earn a certificate, complete an AA degree, or transfer to a four-year institution, SBCC is the place and the SBCC Promise provides a new pathway.

As of 2021, more than 5,000 local families have taken advantage of the SBCC Promise. Early data shows increased local enrollment, strong semester to semester persistence, and improved completion rates.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Though the SBCC Foundation is primarily engaged in fundraising, philanthropy, and community partnerships, it also leads and manages the SBCC Promise which serves as many as 1,700 students annually. In seeking to continually improve the initiative, Foundation staff regularly connect with student participants and solicit feedback.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    SBCC Promise Students with disabilities brought to light the fact that by offering two years of support, students who have reduced unit loads due to their disabilities do not have the opportunity to complete a 60-unit program. In response, the SBCC Foundation created a parallel pathway for any SBCC Student with an approved reduced unit load (RUL). Students with a RUL accommodation now have access to SBCC Promise support for as long as it takes to complete 60 units.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The feedback loop was built into the program from inception and ensures that we are constantly learning and adjusting the structure of the SBCC Promise to best serve our students and community.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE FOUNDATION FOR SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE

Board of directors
as of 02/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

N. Scott Vincent

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2022

Madeleine Jacobson

Pedro Paz

Scott Vincent

Michelle Pickett

Wendy Read

Frank Tabar

Sarah de Tagyos

Daniel Emmett

Graciela Montgomery

Ben Scott

Laurie Ashton

Frank Tabar

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/11/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.