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For more than a century Santa Barbara City College has provided a gateway to opportunity for students of all walks of life. Whether you are seeking an affordable path to a college degree, a second chance at higher education, mid-career training, a professional certificate, or the opportunity for lifelong learning, SBCC offers a pathway.

Education strengthens families, builds community, increases earning potential, and enables extraordinary achievement. In short, it changes lives.

For 40 years, donors like you have been working with the SBCC Foundation to bridge the gap between what public funds can support and what is needed to build a truly great college – from the library to the stadium to the theatre to the classroom.

When you invest in the SBCC Foundation, you ensure that our region’s future teachers, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, engineers, nurses, chefs, and other professionals have the tools they need to reach their goals.


There are many options for becoming a donor to the SBCC Foundation.


Visionaries Circle

The SBCC Foundation Visionaries Circle (formerly President’s Council) makes the SBCC Foundation’s work possible. Members provide the core support that enables the foundation to raise the dollars necessary to ensure that SBCC remains an extraordinary institution of higher learning with opportunity for all. Learn more about the Visionaries Circle.

Direct Student Support

The SBCC Foundation provides direct student support in the form of scholarships; book grants; tutoring; and child care. To learn more about giving to direct student needs, please contact Development Director Gretchen Hewlett at hewlett@sbccfoundation.org.

Department and Program Support

The SBCC Foundation provides support to address a variety of institutional needs. The foundation has provided for learning programs such as MESA; the STEM Transfer Program; TAP; the Transfer Academy; Express to Success; and bridge programs such as Running Start; SPARC; and Transitions. Funding has also been given toward programmatic support for the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Center for Sustainability; EOPS; the SBCC Honors Program; the Orfalea Early Learning Center; and the Center for Lifelong Learning, to name a few. To learn more about giving department and program support, please contact Development Director Gretchen Hewlett at hewlett@sbccfoundation.org.

Legacy Circle

Planned giving is an option for those wishing to leave a community legacy. Through planned gifts, donors contribute to the foundation’s ability to promote a culture of learning and integrity at the college. Learn more about joining the Legacy Circle.


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