The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced that it awarded more than $15 million in grants to some seventeen hundred nonprofits in 2011.

Through its donor-advised and donor-designated funds, the foundation distributed $7.6 million in grants to more than six hundred organizations. The foundation also awarded $1.8 million in student aid; more than $900,000 in partnership with local giving circles, including Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara, the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara and the Women’s Fund Northern Santa Barbara County, Katherine Harvey Fellows, the Global Neighborhood Fund, and the Animal Rescue Fund; and a total of $700,000 in monthly grants benefitting ninety-seven frontline local nonprofits.

In addition, the foundation distributed more than $2.8 million in large (up to $75,000) year-end discretionary grants to fifty-eight nonprofits that were recognized for having filled gaps or made significant progress on key issues in their respective communities. Those grants were supported in part by the Orfalea Foundation, the Cavalletto Charities, and the foundation’s own donor-advised and field-of-interest funds.

“The needs of our community are accelerating,” said Santa Barbara Foundation president and CEO Ron Gallo. “But so too are opportunities. Our nonprofit partners and philanthropic investors, large and small, are thinking big, acting boldly, and working collaboratively to solve problems. At a time of continuing economic downturn and dwindling public resources, our support across key issue areas has perhaps never been more important.”

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