COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County Expanded Over $1 Million in Support Pledged to Relief Efforts

MARCH 16, 2020

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA – The Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and the Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide funders’ collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable. This COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County announced today that they will provide over $1 million in assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively assisting members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The full extent of the impact this pandemic will have on our community remains to be seen; however, it is clear already that the needs of our community members and the organizations serving them will be substantial,” said Steve Ortiz, President & CEO, United Way of Santa Barbara County. “We are honored and grateful to work with such generous community members and with such dedicated organizations through this COVID-19 Joint Response Effort to quickly and efficiently meet the needs of our community.”

This COVID-19 Joint Response Effort will align and coordinate efforts, collect and share information, and distribute financial resources on a rolling basis for our most vulnerable populations. Together, they will mobilize funds to rapidly meet the needs of our community as they arise. Nonprofits can submit applications through the collaborative COVID-19 Nonprofit Grant Intake packet (preferred method) and/or to individual funders through their application processes.

COVID-19 Response Grants funding priorities include: 

1. Individual financial need to help struggling community members secure and maintain basic needs, cover unexpected child care and education expenses, and recover from loss of wages due to business closures and social distancing measures.

2. Meeting increased service demand for organizations serving Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable populations impacted by widespread shutdown of schools and child care facilities, and social distancing measures impacting places of employment.

3. Operational capacity and business continuity to provide unrestricted funding for organizations to carry out their missions and adjust business models to meet the needs of their staff and clients. 

“It’s during times like these that philanthropy is called upon to lead in new and different ways,” said Jackie Carrera, Interim CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. “By coming together as one, we can better serve our communities ensuring rapid and effective assistance for the most vulnerable and meet the varied COVID-19 response needs as they arise.” 

“With leadership from the Santa Barbara Foundation and the United Way of Santa Barbara County, the local foundation community has joined forces and combined resources to respond to many of the nonprofit sector’s critical and immediate needs. It is imperative, at this time, for funders to be working in collaborative nature to not only address immediate needs, but to also plan for the future,” said Tom Parker, President of the Hutton Parker Foundation.

The public is encouraged to generously support the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County. Donations can be made at United Way at or at the Santa Barbara Foundation at

For more resources about COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, please go to For resources for individuals please go to For resources for nonprofits please go to

Foundation Roundtable members as of March 19, 2020 who have joined the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort

  • The Ann Jackson Family Foundation
  • Audacious Foundation
  • Fund for Santa Barbara
  • The Henry E. & Lola Monroe Foundation
  • Hutton Parker Foundation
  • James S. Bower Foundation
  • Jane and Paul Orfalea
  • Mosher Foundation
  • The Muzzy Family
  • Santa Barbara Foundation
  • The Towbes Foundation
  • United Way of Santa Barbara County
  • Wood-Claeyssens Foundation
  • The Natalie Orfalea Foundation