203 local nonprofits receive Community Dividends Awards, share of $1 million
The fast-approaching holiday season signals the arrival of an annual tradition for Montecito Bank & Trust and hundreds of local nonprofit organizations – the highly-anticipated Community Dividends® awards luncheon. Now in its 14th year, this unique giving program has granted a total of $14 million to local Santa Barbara and Ventura County nonprofits. This year, a new milestone was reached as it was the first time the list of award recipients topped 200.
On Monday, November 21, 203 nonprofit representatives were invited to join bank employees and celebrate their community commitment at the Coral Casino. One of the major reasons organizations look forward to this event is the opportunity to socialize with their nonprofit colleagues, share ideas, build stronger bonds within the community and reflect on their impact in the community.
The Community Dividends awards were created in 2003 by Montecito Bank & Trust owner and Chairman Michael Towbes, with a primary focus on supporting organizations which serve low and moderate-income individuals and families in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The program also awards dividends to organizations that serve the arts, youth and education, social welfare, and medical and health services sectors.
When explaining the motivation behind Community Dividends, Michael Towbes said, “We do this because we recognize and support the invaluable role your nonprofits play in enhancing the quality of life for all segments of our society. We do this to encourage other organizations to follow in our footsteps. We do this to encourage our employees to volunteer to support these worthy organizations. We do this because we think it’s the right thing to do.”
Montecito Bank & Trust has a history of unwavering corporate philanthropy in the local communities it serves. “As I look around the room, I am so impressed by the sheer number and diversity of services offered by the organizations represented here today,” said President and CEO Janet Garufis. Each of us is motivated to do what we do by our own unique set of guiding principles. When you are motivated by those guiding principles, it is easier to do the right things. You are empowered to make the right choices, which in turn have a truly meaningful impact. I want to thank the 203 of you who are here representing your organizations. Your motivation, dedication and enthusiasm for your work is contagious. The spirit of community in this room is an uplifting joy to behold!”
A listing of the 203 nonprofit organizations that received Montecito Bank & Trust Community Dividends is below.
Montecito Bank & Trust, an S Corporation, is the oldest and largest locally owned community bank in the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Founded in 1975, the bank celebrated its 41st anniversary in 2016 and operates 10 branch offices in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Montecito, Carpinteria, Ventura, Camarillo and Westlake Village. The bank offers a variety of competitive deposit and lending solutions for businesses and consumers, including business loans and lines of credit; commercial real estate finance; SBA loans; mortgage loans, consumer loans; credit cards; merchant services; and online services, including mobile banking and cash management. Its Wealth Management Division provides comprehensive trust services and full investment management for all branch office markets.
Montecito Bank & Trust was the only bank in the tri-counties to receive a 2015 Super Premier Performing Bank designation by The Findley Reports, an independent service which rates the annual performance of California banks. Montecito Bank & Trust has been designated as a Premier Performing or Super Premier Performing bank by The Findley Reports 30 times in its 41-year history. The bank was also awarded a 5-star, Superior Bauer rating for June 30, 2016 financial data.
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2016 Community Dividends®
Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership Enrichment (APPLE) at San Marcos High School
AHA! (Attitude. Harmony. Achievement.)
Alano Club of Santa Barbara, Inc.
Alzheimer's Association, California Central Chapter
American Cancer Society, Inc., California Division
American Heart Association, Ventura County
American Heart Association, Central Coast Division
Angels Foster Care of Santa Barbara
Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura
Atterdag Village of Solvang
Autism Spectrum Disorder Support
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County
Bishop Garcia Diego High School
Boxtales Theatre Company
Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo
Boys & Girls Club of Moorpark
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley
Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura
Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara
Buellton Senior Center
California Lutheran University
California State University Channel Islands Foundation
Camarillo Family YMCA
Camarillo Hospice Corporation
Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara
Carpinteria Arts Center
Carpinteria Education Foundation, Inc.
Carpinteria Valley Museum of History
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families
Casa Serena, Inc.
Center Stage Theatre
Child Abuse Listening Mediation, Inc.
Coastal Housing Coalition
Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara, Inc.
Community Conscience / Under One Roof
Community Counseling and Education Center
Community Memorial Health System
Conejo Valley Senior Concerns, Inc.
Congregation B'nai B'rith
Cornerstone House of Santa Barbara
Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County
Courthouse Legacy Foundation
Crane Country Day School
Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County
Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Foundation
Easy Lift Transportation, Inc.
Elings Park Foundation
Elverhoj Museum of History & Art
Ensemble Theater Company of Santa Barbara
Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara
Fielding Graduate University
Food from the Heart
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Foundation for Santa Barbara High School
Friends of the Goleta Valley Library
Friends of the Library of the Santa Ynez Valley, Inc.
Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library
Friendship Adult Day Care Center, Inc.
Ganna Walska Lotusland
Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast
Girls Incorporated of Carpinteria
Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara
Girls Rock Santa Barbara
Gold Coast Veterans Foundation
Goleta Education Foundation
Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation
Goleta Valley Historical Society
Great Santa Barbara Ice Skating Association
Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County
Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center
HELP of Carpinteria
Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc.
Hospice of the Conejo
Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura
Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County, Inc.
Isla Vista Youth Projects, Inc.
Jessie Hopkins Hinchee Foundation
Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara
Kids Helping Kids
La Casa de Maria Retreat & Conference Center
Laguna Cottages for Seniors
Leading From Within
Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County
Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association
Lobero Theatre Foundation
Marjorie Luke Theatre
Mental Wellness Center
Montecito Family YMCA
MOXI The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Museum of Ventura County
Music Academy of the West
New Beginnings Counseling Center
Notes for Notes
Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, Inc.
Opera Santa Barbara
Pacific Pride Foundation, Inc.
Page Youth Center
Parks and Recreation Community Foundation
Partners in Education
PATH Santa Barbara (Formerly Casa Esperanza Homeless Center)
Peoples' Self-Help Housing Corporation
Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation
Planned Parenthood California Central Coast
Plaza Playhouse Theater
Reins of H.O.P.E.
Rubicon Theatre Company
San Marcos High School
San Marcos Parent Child Workshop
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Inc.
Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation
Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
Santa Barbara Community Housing Corporation
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation
Santa Barbara Education Foundation
Santa Barbara Family Care Center
Santa Barbara Family YMCA
Santa Barbara Foundation
Santa Barbara Hillel
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels, Inc.
Santa Barbara Middle School
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
Santa Barbara New House, Inc.
Santa Barbara Police Activities League
Santa Barbara Police Foundation
Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center
Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
Santa Barbara Strings
Santa Barbara Symphony
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum
Santa Ynez Valley Meals on Wheels
Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People, Inc.
SBCEO Teachers Network
Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
Solvang Danish Days Foundation
Solvang Friendship House
Solvang School Elementary School District Education Foundation
Solvang Senior Center
Southeast Ventura County YMCA
Special Olympics Southern California, Inc.
Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation
State Street Ballet
Storyteller Children's Center
Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA
Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
The ARC Foundation
The Arts Fund
The Foundation for Girsh Park
The Foundation for Santa Barbara City College
The Howard School
The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation
Tina Hansen McEnroe & Paul V. McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic at UCSB
Turning Point Foundation
UCSB - Technology Management Program
UCSB Alumni Association
United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County
United Way of Santa Barbara County
United Way of Ventura County
Unity Shoppe, Inc.
Ventura County Housing Trust Fund
Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation
Ventura Music Festival
Villa Majella of Santa Barbara
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara
Washington Elementary School
Wilderness Youth Project
Wildling Art Museum
William Sansum Diabetes Center
Women's Economic Ventures
Youth and Family Services YMCA: Noah's Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter