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Post date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 09:57
Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Unitrusts create lifetime payments to the donor as well as tax saving.    An income tax deduction this year Capital gains tax savings when funded with appreciated assets  A way to create a legacy and help United Way Designate your gift to United Way of Santa Barbara County for operations, the endowment or greatest need    Learn more about how you can benefit and create a lasting legacy to build better futures with United Way of Santa Barbara County. Click on the button below to request information about charitable gift annuities, charitable...
Post date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 09:54
United Ways of Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Partner to Distribute Funds   United Way of Santa Barbara County has announced six additional grant awards totaling $300,000 to support Thomas Fire and flood recovery.     These funds are delivered in partnership with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, which has established a Southern California Wildfire and Flood Fund. The Fund has secured generous donations from the public and organizations including 21st Century Fox, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Edison International, the Los Angeles Rams, and Southern California Gas Company.    A portion of...
Post date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 15:38
United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) announced today that its Long Term Recovery Committee has selected 16 Santa Barbara County agencies to receive phase one funding from the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund, a total of $501,000.

The Fund was formed as a strategic partnership between the United Ways of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to help the region recover from the Thomas Fire and ensuing floods. With this distribution, more than $1 million from the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund will have gone to Central Coast fire and flood...

Post date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 09:31
In addition to helping fund your retirement, qualified retirement assets can form the foundation of personal philanthropic giving:     For those aged 70½ +, IRA Charitable Rollover gifts are an option to make a current tax-wise gift. Naming a qualified charity as a future beneficiary of a distribution of any size from retirement assets is a simple way to make a planned gift without updating your will or trust.   To request a mailed copy of our Retirement Giving brochure, please click here.   This information is not intended as tax, legal, or financial advice. Gift results may vary. Consult...
Post date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 09:29
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites open February 1, 2018!   VITA is a free tax preparation service for low- and moderate-income individuals and families in Santa Barbara County earning less than $66,000 annually.   Sites open beginning February 1 through April and offer free tax return preparation and filing by IRS-certified volunteers. VITA is one component of UWSBC’s United for Financial Empowerment Partnership, a multi-pronged initiative that provides families and individuals with tools, services, and education to help them build long-term assets and become more financially...
Post date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 09:26
Our region has experienced unprecedented destruction this past month. The Thomas Fire devastated the Ventura and Santa Barbara County communities and the recent torrential rain created floods that have changed the Santa Barbara County landscape forever. The most tragic impact to the community has been the growing number of lives lost due to these devastating natural disasters. The effort to both physically rebuild and heal emotionally will take a long time for this community.   The outpouring of support and effort from so many local individuals and organizations is evidence that our strong...
Post date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 15:04
Thanks to generous donors and supporters, United Way of Santa Barbara County's (UWSBC) 21st Annual Red Feather Ball raised nearly $300,000, the most in event history. The funds will benefit the nonprofit's award-winning Fun in the Sun summer learning program and United for Literacy initiative.   Held Oct. 6 at the Four Seasons Biltmore Coral Casino, the record-setting night saw committed philanthropists and admired leaders from throughout the community bidding in a silent auction and raising their paddles to pledge funds in support of the programs. In his first year as UWSBC President &...
Post date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 14:59
This year I am proud to be United Way's Campaign Cabinet Chair. I have been involved with United Way of Santa Barbara County for many years giving Axxess books for donations and have participated in the United Way Executive Club (local leaders who give $1,200 or more each year). For 20 years I have had the privilege of working with many Santa Barbara non-profits by volunteering and serving on committees. Through the work we do at SB Axxess I am acutely aware of the importance of investing in local K-12 students and their families. SB Axxess and United Way's shared goals in improving education...
Post date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 10:05

The Heritage Club honors forward-thinking individuals choosing to include United Way in their estate plans.  The 32nd Annual Heritage Club Luncheon was sponsored by Kayne Anderson Rudnick.  Legacy Supporter of the Year Awards were presented to Dr. Ursula Henderson and Judy Goodbody by Planned Giving Committee Chair, Diane Doiron. Dr. Ursula Henderson, MD

Dr. Ursula Henderson’s commitment to her community is an intrinsic part of her nature. For 40 years, Ursula has served Santa Barbara in many roles including psychiatrist, community leader, philanthropist, board member and volunteer...

Post date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 08:54
     United Way's Fun in the Sun (FITS) program has truly made an impact in my life. As a FITS camper, I developed self-confidence and built a more mature and positive attitude based on Character Counts. FITS also helped me gain an interest in reading and science, both of which I had largely disliked in school and was struggling with.         These newly developed interests, along with a sense of community that I was able to forge with the staff, Lunch Bunch volunteers  and peers in the program, were the foundation for my love of learning, desire to pursue a higher education, and strong sense...

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