January 22, 2018

About Us

Santa Barbara High SchoolFounded in 2008, the Foundation for Santa Barbara High School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to giving our school the resources it needs to offer an outstanding educational experience to all students.

In 2015-16, Santa Barbara Unified School District spent $10,271 per student, which is just below the statewide average for other unified districts (California Ed Data, 2017).  This funding is low especially given that California ranks 41st in the nation on per student spending (California Center for Budget and Policy, 2017).


Our mission is to fund projects that will strengthen the academic program at Santa Barbara High School, improve the physical campus, and enrich the variety of extracurricular activities so that all students have the opportunity to excel both inside and outside the classroom.

We work closely with the SBHS administration to identify funding priorities that address critical needs of the school, have the potential to positively impact a majority of students, and are outside the scope of the school budget.

Our fundraising is achieved through two primary efforts: the Dons Fund, which supports immediate needs of the school, and a Capital Fund, which supports significant long-term improvements to campus.  We aim to build a culture of philanthropy at SBHS, and establish a pattern of ongoing, long-term giving to deliver high quality education to our students.

Your donations close the gap between public funding and the cost of providing a high quality education (e.g. Dons Fund gifts to the Foundation support science labs that are well-equipped and supplied with materials); donations also buffer against the fluctuations in public funding.

We invite all SBHS families, staff, alumni, friends, and community members to get involved and to contribute to our efforts at whatever level you are able.  Together, we can help SBHS deliver a first-class education to our children and future generations of Santa Barbara youth.