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Who We Are

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that "in our community, everyone has a hopeful future." Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC's local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health.


UWSBC's mission statement is: "Right here, right now, with the Power of Partnership, we are improving lives for children, families, seniors, and you!"


Our vision is to provide a hopeful future for each person in the community.

Core Values

  • Caring: We are committed to people helping people every day... one generation voluntarily and compassionately paving the way for future generations.
  • Innovative: Using the Power of Partnership™, we connect strengths, multiply resources, and create the best way to make measurable improvements in local lives.
  • Trustworthy: We are the finest stewards of your donated time, ideas, and money.
  • Leadership: We initiate, influence, and support desired positive changes in our neighborhoods and communities.


From 2007 to 2009, UWSBC launched the Power of Partnership Initiative to identify the community's ten year goals. We asked 6,000 individuals from all backgrounds, 300 businesses and organizations, and hundreds of community leaders to share their hopes and desired goals for the future. These community members agreed that improving education, financial stability, and health in Santa Barbara County are of paramount importance.