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®

Recipient Organizations

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

Anti-Defamation League

Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura

Arthritis Foundation

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

Direct Relief

Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County

Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Foundation

Dream 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

FOOD Share

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

Garden Court

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

Hillside House

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

Jodi House

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

MAD Academy

Marjorie Luke Theatre

Mental Wellness Center

Midland School

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

Sansum Clinic

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.

Sarah House

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

St. Vincent's

State Street Ballet

Storyteller Children's Center

Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA

Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International

Teacher's Fund

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

Transition House

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

Westmont College

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