Our Foundation

In 1962, the Santa Barbara Rotary Charitable Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 organization to primarily support local projects in the Santa Barbara area.

Since 1987 the foundation has donated over 1.5 million dollars to over 120 organizations in support of programs designed to improve the quality of life for youth, seniors, and the disadvantaged.

We have also contributed to the vibrancy of the Santa Barbara community by helping to fund organizations that provide art, music, theater, school programs, and scholarships.

The Foundation is composed of all of the members of the Santa Barbara Rotary Club. We are governed by a nine member Board of Directors serving four year terms. A Grant Committee oversees grant applications and an Investment Committee oversees the investment fund.

Should you have any questions about applying for a grant or contributing to the foundation, please continue to read the following web pages and/or contact Michael Lazarovits, Grants Chairperson at 805-682-6222 or via email.