Founded 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. Santa Barbara Unified School District (and therefore SBHS) receives about $7,800 per student from the State of California. This is significantly less than the national average of $11,800 per student per year.
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.
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.