Critical Needs Challenge Grant 2017-2018

12/6/17 UPDATE: We have met our $75,000 challenge grant match goal for 2017! We will begin again to meet the challenge grant goal of an additional $75,000 in 2018. Thank you for your support of our critical infrastructure needs.

In July of this year, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara received a challenge grant opportunity through a Los Angeles-based foundation in the amount of $75,000 for 2017 and $75,000 for 2018 to address numerous critical capital and infrastructure needs. Can you help?

These critical capital items include:

  • The repair or replacement of a number of aging vans and youth buses. Girls Inc. offers free transportation for girls from school to the centers.

  • The comprehensive overhaul of a failing and outdated technology infrastructure. Girls Inc. currently operates with 100% donated and used technology, at varying stages of age and operating capacity.

  • The replacement of outdated and barely-functioning organization-wide phone system.

  • The installation of new exterior security lighting at both the Santa Barbara and the Goleta Valley Centers.

  • The replacement and reconfiguration of gas lines at the Santa Barbara Center to improve hot water functionality.

  • The replacement of existing and installation of new security fencing arond the Santa Barbara Center and Gymnastics facility.

  • The replacement of exterior signage for the Santa Barbara Center.

  • The addressing of multiple landscaping needs at the Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley Centers, including clearing overgrown brush.

Girls Inc. cannot successfully execute upon its mission and provide direct service to the girls in the Santa Barbara community without addressing these items, which were identified following a 2016 organizational assessment that also led to the creation of a detailed Integrated Technology Plan.

Cash donations of all sizes are needed and welcomed to help us meet the 2017 and 2018 matching grant goals. Please contact Barbara Ben-Horin, CEO, 805-963-4757 to discuss how your investment can go twice as far in 2017 and 2018.