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“Santa Barbara Charter School nurtures lifelong learners by cultivating the interest and building the skills of both students and their families in the arts, academics, and relationships”

In the broadest context, this mission statement encompasses the school’s purpose, history, and ongoing experience. It also helps to describe why SBCS is a worthy target for private donations. SBCS is a brilliant example of genuine, grass-roots democracy, creating a unique collaboration between government, community, and families. It promotes a healthy alliance between parents and teachers with a common focus on the educational, social, and emotional well being of students. It celebrates the arts, not only to enrich lives, but as tools to reach all kinds of learners, in all kinds of subjects. It provides academics in a way that allows students to understand context and meaning, not just memorization of facts. It supports the relationships of students and their families by nurturing non-violent conflict resolution, mediation skills and empathy.

SBCS endeavors to create mission-based fundraising. The school reaches out to its immediate community of families, and to the community-at-large, to bring its mission and the values that it illustrates to the public. “Vision Tours,” which give information about the school’s philosophy and history, as well as testimonials from parents, occur regularly throughout the year. Parents, extended family members, and interested community members are invited to a variety of school/community events – science fair, family art night, informational seminars, and dances, for example – to view how this kind of teacher/family/community collaboration can look. Ultimately, once per year, interested participants in these activities are invited to a fundraising event, where they can express their support for this grass-roots educational reform.

SBCS uses fundraising to supplant public funding for all aspects of services provided by the school. These can include, but are not limited to, Teaching Specialists, Instructional Aides, classroom technology, classroom supplies and materials and to minimize the impact of public school funding shortfalls in other budgeted areas.

If you are interested in joining in with this community of support, or if you would like to come to a Vision Tour or another SBCS community event, please let us know. We welcome all community members to join in the support of this unique and successful example of public school reform.

Multiple ways to support our mission

Tax-deductible donations

All deductions are tax-deductible to their full amount, and monthly contribution pledges can be cancelled at any time.

For more details, please visit our Terms and Conditions page.


Subscription pledge

Your subscription pledge is a fully tax-deductible, automatic contribution scheduled via your credit card or PayPal account, which is cancelable at any time and for any reason.

Your subscription pledge is the most powerful way of contributing to our mission, because it allows us to plan ahead and schedule expenditures in advance, maximizing efficiency and enabling long term objectives.

Please contact the SBCS Office, or Laura Donner ( – (805) 967.6522) if you would like to make one of these very valuable pledges (you can also use our “Contact Us” page to request a call from our Office)

Contributing by check

Make a check of any amount, payable to SBCS, and mail it to:

Santa Barbara Charter School
Attn: Bright Futures Fund
6100 Stow Canyon Road
Goleta, CA 93117

“Cost-less” contributions

This type of contributions doesn’t require an out-of-pocket sum of money from you. Instead, these contributions take place transparently,  when you do things that you may already do any way, such as buying books at Amazon, getting clothes for your children, or such.

We are trying to expand the spectrum of possible passive contributions you can make, so please check in this section often: you will feel great when you significantly contribute to our mission without having to subtract the contribution from your family’s budget!

Make Amazon Purchases

Amazon-Smile-LogoMost probably you already buy at Amazon; why not initiate your purchases from this page instead of typing Amazon in your browser? By so doing, and without cost to you, 0.5% of your purchase is paid to our School Fund. Just click on the button above, and select “Santa Barbara Charter School” from the list of charitable organizations you can contribute to.

Buy and donate clothes at SCHOOLA

Amazing savings on quality clothes and money for our school!

What can you do? It’s quite simple: click on the button above, and then…

  • Shop for quality clothes: $2 of each $5 you spend goes to our school
  • Donate your children’s lightly used quality clothes to benefit the school
  • Share with others, so that your contribution multiplies with those of others

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BoxTops for Education

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With BoxTops, contributing to SBCS is fun, engages children, and is very effective. You just look for the BoxTops logo on products your family uses every day (See a complete list here), cut off the BoxTop tag and identifier, and file them away. Every once in a while, bring the collected boxtops clips to school. Each clip means $0.10 to the school, and the amount collected by SBCS grows quite fast.

eScrip – Contribute when you shop.

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You can get all your favorite businesses, the ones you buy from every day, to make contributions to your school every time you buy. WITH NO COST TO YOU

It’s very simple to use: register yourself at eScript and select Santa Barbara Charter School as beneficiary. The rest happens automatically, every time you buy.

Start here.

Other ways we raise money

Everything we do at Santa Barbara Charter School is guided by our mission and vision of what works best for students and their families. Our fundraising efforts are no different.

Instead of multiple, volunteer intensive events, we host a single major fundraiser each spring. This inspirational event is the Bright Futures Luncheon, a free, one-hour event that you should not miss! Please contact us to reserve a seat at a table.

We take donations all year long

You can use the web site to donate, or you can contact us; whatever the means, we take donations all year long.

Other ways to donate to Santa Barbara Charter School include:

  • Corporate-sponsored gift matching: Does your company do gift matching? We can provide you with documentation for your company’s matching gifts program.
  • Individual’s and trust’s stock donations: We work with a local broker who ensures that the transfer is made to Santa Barbara Charter School.
  • Car donations.

For these and other ways to contribute, please submit an inquiry via this website or contact our Director of Development, Laura Donner, for more information (805) 967-6522.

Your donation is tax deductible: Santa Barbara Charter School is a non-profit 501 (c) (3)