Opportunity starts with education.

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

For more than 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.

Here are some ways to get involved:

» Give Where Most Needed

» Join the President’s Circle
President’s Circle members provide the core support that make the Foundation’s work possible. We invite you to join this group of our most dedicated and generous supporters with an annual gift (Link to Donate page) of $1,000 or more. As a member of the President’s Circle, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with SBCC leadership, faculty, and students, as well as other President’s Circle members through events and campus activities. Learn more

» Support the SBCC Promise
Launched by the SBCC Foundation in 2016, the SBCC Promise provides all local high school graduates with the opportunity to attend SBCC full-time free of charge, for up to two years. By removing financial barriers, the SBCC Promise is making our community’s college fully accessible to any local student who is willing to make the necessary commitment. The SBCC Promise is funded entirely by private donations.

Over 3,000 students have already benefited from the SBCC Promise. Your support makes it possible!

Read more about the SBCC Promise including student success stories.

» Establish a Scholarship
The SBCC Foundation offers a large swath of scholarships that lift financial burden from students’ shoulders, thereby improving their personal and academic outcomes and helping them reach their fullest potential.

» Plan Your Legacy
The Legacy Circle honors those who have made provisions in their estate plans to support Santa Barbara City College. With generosity and foresight, Legacy Circle members ensure that future generations of students have access to an outstanding higher education.

To learn more about planned giving or to join the Legacy Circle, please contact Gretchen Hewlett at (805) 897-3537 or hewlett@sbccfoundation.org.

» Attend the Spring Forward! Gala
Attendees at Spring Forward! join together in celebrating our community’s college and supporting student success. The annual gala is held on the beautiful SBCC campus at the Sports Pavilion, which is transformed into an elegant venue by Merryl Brown Events. In 2019, the inaugural Spring Forward! raised over $425,000 for the work of the SBCC Foundation.

Please contact Raissa Smorol to learn about sponsorship opportunities at (805) 730-4412 or smorol@sbccfoundation.org.

Donate Stock or Other Appreciated Assets
Donating stock to the SBCC Foundation can be a tax-wise and convenient approach to providing critical support to the Santa Barbara City College community. For more information, please download these instructions.

Please contact Gretchen Hewlett at (805) 897-3537 or hewlett@sbccfoundation.org to discuss donating other appreciated assets, such as IRA distributions and mutual funds.