Last year, United Way invested $16 million locally to improve School Readiness & Academic Achievement, Financial Empowerment, and Community Crisis Response and Recovery.*


Of that $16 million, 21% came from corporations & individuals, 14% from bequests & investments, 12% from foundations, 8% from special events and 45% came from donations made to support our COVID-19 response. Click here to view our 2020-2021 Impact Report. 

For the past several years, United Way of Santa Barbara County has focused its efforts on three major initiatives specifically designed to improve lives and create a brighter future for everyone in Santa Barbara County. Over the last year, we have taken a step forward to incorporate Response and Recovery into our core values. Our organization now prioritizes participation in the following areas of our community’s health: 


School Readiness and Academic Achievement

Financial Empowerment

Response and Recovery in Times of Community Crisis 

We’re proud of our efforts to help our community endure the challenges of a worldwide crisis over the last year. As an organization, we have raised or managed $27.2 million for the ongoing recovery needs of our community and plan on maintaining our position as a key resource in our community’s crisis response efforts. To view detailed information about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, read our Crisis Response Report.  

We look forward to remaining an integral part of our community’s wellbeing in the coming years. To read more about our plans for growth and change here in Santa Barbara County, click here to view our Strategic Plan. 

*Effective July 1, 2021.