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Philanthropy on the fly: Nonprofits compete in startup-style pitch contest

By   /  Friday, April 25th, 2014  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Philanthropy on the fly: Nonprofits compete in startup-style pitch contest

  Santa Barbara will soon host its first ever startup-style competition for nonprofits. From March through late April, Fast Pitch SB has been coaching 20 organizations on marketing their causes and explaining why they stand out from the rest. On April 23, coaches graded organization leaders in areas such as mission statement and level of Read More →

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A dose of kindness: Vitamin Angels celebrates 20 years

By   /  Friday, April 18th, 2014  /  Nonprofits, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on A dose of kindness: Vitamin Angels celebrates 20 years

  The 1994 Northridge Earthquake turned Howard Schiffer’s priorities upside-down. After spending years as an entrepreneur in the natural products industry, the earthquake’s aftermath, particularly among marginalized communities, left Schiffer feeling helpless. He was also forced to confront the broader impacts his merchandise could have on public health. Using his business connections to secure product Read More →

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Microlending founder urges business leaders to reinvest profits

By   /  Friday, February 28th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Nonprofits, Top Stories  /  1 Comment

Nobel Laureate and founder of Grameen Bank Muhammad Yunus never intended to create a microlending juggernaut or invent the idea of a social business. “My work was not pre-planned,” he said. “It was an action born out of desperation.”

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KCRW enters Santa Barbara market with KDB buy

By   /  Tuesday, February 18th, 2014  /  Nonprofits, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on KCRW enters Santa Barbara market with KDB buy

Santa Monica-based National Public Radio affiliate KCRW has acquired Santa Barbara-based station KDB, intensifying the battle for public radio listeners and donors in the Tri-Counties.

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Armstrong lands construction contract for Children’s Museum

By   /  Friday, January 17th, 2014  /  Columns, Real Estate, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Armstrong lands construction contract for Children’s Museum

Construction on a 17,000-square-foot Children’s Museum in Santa Barbara kicks off this summer. Area general contractor Armstrong Associates has been tapped to build the new museum at 125 State St., adjacent to the train station.

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Op/ed: Tri-county nonprofit trends to watch for in 2014

By   /  Friday, January 3rd, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Tri-county nonprofit trends to watch for in 2014

As one of the largest employers in the Tri-Counties and a provider of vital services, the nonprofit sector is critical to the region’s well being. Let’s look at trends nonprofits will experience in two key areas for 2014: fundraising and marketing.

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Editorial: Scholarships for the best, regardless of status

By   /  Friday, December 13th, 2013  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Scholarships for the best, regardless of status

The Santa Barbara Foundation and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara have taken a bold step in no longer requiring proof of citizenship for student financial aid applicants.

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