of Greater Santa Barbara


Girls Inc. Receives $150,000 Challenge Grant for Critical Infrastructure Needs in 2017-2018


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. Thus far, $45,000 has been raised toward the 2017 installment, with an additional $30,000 needed by December 31st to receive the full disbursement.

These critical capital items include the repair or replacement of a number of aging vans and youth buses, failing servers, PCs (Girls Inc. currently operates with 100% donated and used technology, at varying stages of age and operating capacity), and an outdated and barely-functioning phone system. 

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 goals.

Your donation will go a long way to help us meet the challenge and would represent an investment in the long-term sustainability of Girls Inc.’s ability to continue equipping girls to navigate the social, gender, and economic challenges they still face in their path toward independence and success.

Please contact Barbara Ben-Horin, CEO, 805-963-4757 to discuss how your investment can go twice as far in 2017 and 2018.