The Foundation receives its funds from a number of sources
Club Members
  • Donate to the foundation quarterly by pledging monies through the Big Wheel
  • Make periodic additional donations through their own generosity or by participating in auctions or events.
  • Remember the foundation in their estate plans.
The Club Investment Fund
  • Was established by club members and continues to be supported by club members
  • Provides 5% of its three year average value that is used for annual granting.
Other Foundations
  • Donate money to our foundation to administer local grants for selected programs.
  • Appreciate that the club foundation may match their funds, does not have any overhead, and is composed of board members who are well connected in the community and can evaluate where donations have the greatest impact.
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Circle Of Giving
The Circle of Giving recognizes club members who have decided to make generous donations either currently or postmortem over and above their quarterly Big Wheel gifts. Donations can be unrestricted or can be specified as an endowment with proper board approval.
Giving above the Big Wheel quarterly gifts was started in 1983 with a generous gift from Emil “Chief” Boessneck. In 1985 a second generous gift was received from Violet A. Singleton. Since then others have each donated more than $1,000 to the foundation to become “Life Members”. Earnings from these funds are used for the local needs of our local community.
Club members are recognized for their cumulative current giving at the following levels:
  • Silver Member $50 to $350
  • Gold Member $351 to $675
  • Platinum Member $676 to $999
  • Life Member $1,000 to $5,000
  • Gold Life Member $5,001 to $9,999
  • Platinum Life Member $10,000 and above
Those members remembering the Santa Barbara Rotary Charitable Foundation in their wills and trusts become members of The Rotary Foundation Legacy Society. Once the future bequest is received, a member is recognized at the levels indicated above.
Rotary Club members can also leave donations in another person’s name or in memorial for another person.


During 2016-17 fiscal year, grants totaling $17,500 were given to the following local non-profits:

  • Wilderness Youth Project – website
  • Boys and Girls Clib of Santa Barbara – website
  • Attitude, Harmony and Achievement (AHA) – website
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation – website
  • Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Society – website

During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, grants totaling $24,917 were given to the following local non-profits:

  • Adventures in Caring – website
  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara – website
  • Central Coast Junior Golf – website
  • Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Foundation – website
  • Habitat for Humanity – website
  • Jessie Hopkins Hinchee Foundation – website
  • PARC Foundation – website
  • Primo Boxing Club, Inc – website
  • Santa Barbara Festival Ballet – website
  • Santa Barbara Police Activities League – website
  • Santa Barbara Teen Court – website
  • Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara – website
  • Special Olympics – website
  • United Way of Santa Barbara County – website

During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, grants totaling $31,575 were given to the following non-profits:

  • Washington Elementary – website
  • Dalmatian Dreams – website
  • Santa Barbara Art Association – Student Art Fund – website
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum – website
  • St. Cecilia Society – website
  • County Schools Teacher Curriculum Grants
  • County Schools Endowment for Youth Committee
  • Santa Barbara Education Foundation – website
  • Friendship Center – website
  • The Turner Foundation – website
  • Camp Whittier – website
  • Girsh Park – website
  • UCSB Adventure Program – website
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation – website
  • Teen Court – website
  • Page Youth Center – website
  • Santa Barbara County Education Office – website
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – website
  • Special Olympics of Southern California – website
  • The United Way – website
  • Santa Barbara Soccer Club – website
  • The Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation – website