Santa Barbara’s exceptional community maintains a deep commitment, upheld by the county’s civic leaders, business professionals, and residents. Kenny Slaught notes that the city’s deep tradition of nonprofit activity and generous giving can be seen today through numerous charities, volunteer organizations and community initiatives, dating back to 1928 creation of the Santa Barbara Foundation. Active local nonprofits have gotten rid of the need for public officials to seek financing from national foundations, which allows for immediate attention to be given to the community’s needs.

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