The third pillar of Santa Barbara’s exceptional community, notes Kenny Slaught, is the region’s widespread commitment. The county’s civic leaders, business professionals, and residents have kept the city’s deep tradition of nonprofit activity and generous giving alive with numerous charities, volunteer organizations and community initiatives. This mantra dates back to 1928 with the founding of the Santa Barbara Foundation. Active local nonprofits have eliminated the need for public officials to go after assistance from national foundations, placing immediate attention on the needs of the community.
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