Educational Institutions

SANTA BARBARA EDUCATION FOUNDATION

  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • www.santabarbaraeducation.org

Mission Statement

For more than 30 years, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) has provided financial resources for a multitude of projects that enhance the educational opportunities for every student in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. SBEF is the only funding organization that has the unique and specific mission of supporting all 15,000 students throughout 22 schools in the district.

SBEF's accomplishments include providing students with safe playground equipment (Franklin Elementary—the first-ever Santa Barbara Foundation grant for public schools), library materials, and technology tools; supporting preschool literacy; and music instruction and musical instruments though the highly successful "Keep the Beat" program.

Between 2008 and 2012, SBEF led a successful bond and two parcel tax campaigns raising $110 million for much needed capital improvements and more than $18 million for music, science, art, music, technology and other programs critical to a well-rounded education.

SBEF also serves as the 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor for a wide variety of important school district projects that address critical educational issues, and generates grant funding for programs such as Youth Violence Prevention Program, The Academy for Success, Padres Unidos, and Keep the Beat. SBEF also serves as the fiscal sponsor for the District's Community of Schools, a program based on the cradle-to-career approach that collaborates with families, foundations, community members, and the school district to change outcomes for low-income, primarily Latino students in our community.

All of these programs provide high-impact services to our community's most at-risk populations with measurable and impressive results.

SBEF's newest program—launched in June 2013—is a summer school for high school students who want to take classes over the summer and earn credits toward graduation. Offering a summer school for students who want to get ahead provides students with the opportunity to make up missed classes, retake classes they did poorly in, and make room in their schedule for electives or other classes they want to take during the school year.

Main Programs

  1. Keep the Beat
  2. Get Ahead Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Santa Barbara County

ruling year

1986

Executive Director since 2010

Self-reported

Ms. Margie Yahyavi

Keywords

Self-reported

fundraising, music, art, instruments, at-risk students, summer school

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Also Known As

Santa Barbara Education Foundation

EIN

77-0071544

 Number

1528048324

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Based on a complex formula, each one of California's almost 1000 school districts receives different funding per student. Santa Barbara Unified School District receives about $7,800 for each of its 15,000 children each year, while some bordering districts receive more than twice that per student.

Now in it's 30th year, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has become a leader in non-profit funding support for all of the children in the Santa Barbara Unified School District's 22 schools.

Realizing that it really does take a village to provide a quality education for every child, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation supports early childhood education, parent education, violence prevention, mentoring and tutoring, music and even a Community Schools initiative through which schools become neighborhood hubs, offering after-school and evening programs for our children and their families.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Keep the Beat

Fundraising for instruments and other needs to ensure that the arts and music are included in our students' curriculum.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

Get Ahead Program

The Get Ahead Program is a summer school program for high school students who want to make summer count! Students can take intensive courses in three or six-week sessions and earn credits towards graduation.

Summer learning programs are particularly important for students from low-income families. SBEF provides Scholar Awards to students enrolled in the district's free and reduced lunch program so they can attend the Get Ahead Program tuition-free.

Close to 400 students enrolled in the 2015 Get Ahead Program. Scholarship students made up 48% of those enrolled.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$130,000

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to provide our schools and our teachers with the tools they need to provide a world quality education to every student, especially those students who are falling through the cracks.

    Our goal is to raise funding to provide mentoring and tutoring for high achieving, low income students; outreach workers for at-risk teenage girls and boys; mental health support for self-identified high school dropouts who want to break the chain of self destructive habits; musical instruments; and more.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Santa Barbara County

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Financials

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Santa Barbara Education Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

SANTA BARBARA EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Margie Yahyavi

BIO

Executive Director, Margie Yahyavi, has been with the SBEF since March 2010. Ms. Yahyavi has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past twenty years and is an experienced administrator, leader and fundraiser. Prior to her work with SBEF, Ms. Yahyavi worked as the Director of Operations at the Contemporary Arts Forum and ran the Million Dollar Home Raffle for four years. Earlier in her career, Yahyavi was the founder and CEO of Credit Information Services, a for-profit business.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Terri Allison

Consultant, Early Childhood Education and Non-profit

Term: Sept 2016 - Sept 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?