We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
-Oscar Wilde

LUX LED Lighting Partners With Unite to Light for Holiday Season

by lesliedinaberg on November 22, 2017

In the spirit of the holiday season, two Santa Barbara-based companies have partnered for a holiday giving campaign. LUX LED Lighting is teaming up with Unite To Light—a nonprofit organization that provides portable, solar-powered lamps to people living without electricity—to do some good this holiday season.   With every purchase of a LUX LED Lighting […]

Dream Foundation Summer Dream Fashion Show

by lesliedinaberg on June 27, 2017

Dream Foundation—the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit is the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults—recently hosted its third annual Summer Dream fundraiser to benefit Dreamers ages 18 to 40. The stylish event included a fashion show, with designs from A Tropical Affair, Calypso St. Barth, K. Frank, Lolë, Miller’s Oath, UGG and local designers Catherine Gee […]

Help Secure Isla Vista Youth Projects Forever

by lesliedinaberg on December 9, 2016

I had the opportunity to visit the Isla Vista Youth Projects Children’s Center site yesterday on a Women’s Fund site visit and was so impressed by what I saw. For the 2015-16 grant cycle, the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara granted them $75,000 to help them get one step closer to completing the purchase of the Children’s Center, […]

CALM at Heart: Awakening

by lesliedinaberg on November 14, 2016

A fun afternoon to celebrate and reflect on the healing work of CALM was just what the doctor ordered this week. CALM—which is an acronym for Child Abuse Listening Mediation—takes on the critical mission to prevent, assess, and treat child abuse in Santa Barbara County. The nonprofit provides comprehensive services for children, families and adults, and has […]


by lesliedinaberg on September 2, 2016

Are you dreaming of a beautiful Santa Barbara home with city and ocean views? Here’s your chance to win that dream house, and support Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) at the same time! The MCASB Dream Home Raffle has been the primary fundraiser for the Museum of Contemporary Art for over a decade.  This entrepreneurial way […]

Partnership for Excellence Conference Inspires Nonprofit Sector

by lesliedinaberg on May 12, 2016

I’ve always been curious to see what goes on at the Partnership for Excellence Conference—an always sold-out annual gathering of Santa Barbara County’s nonprofit leaders organized by the Foundation Roundtable—so when the opportunity to attend the 23rd annual edition of the conference came up last month, I leaped on the invitation and was not disappointed. First […]

Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara Grants $460,000 to Seven Local Nonprofits

by lesliedinaberg on May 8, 2015

Seven local nonprofits received a total of $460,000 in grants from the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara on Monday afternoon at the Montecito Country Club, bringing the organization’s total contributions to the community, since it began in 2004, to more than $5.1 million. “The Women’s Fund is an all-volunteer organization based on a simple, creative […]

Home for the dying provides living inspiration

by lesliedinaberg on May 12, 2005

Sarah House opens its doors even wider for those in need A residential care facility for people who are sick and dying doesn’t exactly conjure up uplifting images. But a visit to Sarah House — which has provided a home, medical care and often end-of-life care for more than 250 individuals living with AIDS — […]