You are invited to join us for lunch... Oct 25, 2018

We look forward to updates from our Grantees;
Abe Powell, Bucket Brigade and Dean Axelrod, Direct Relief

(details below)

2018 GNF Fall Update

Our 2018-2019 giving was marked by our largest number of grants ever for a total of $65,000. These include FACE Africa, THINK, UNFPA Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project, all in Liberia, a new grant to Barefoot College for their beekeeping in Zanzibar (women’s economic empowerment) and two local grants, Direct Relief’s Victims Fund and The Bucket Brigade.

Together, because of your generosity, we were able to raise up women and girls around access to clean water, empowerment, and protection from and treatment for gender based violence.

In our own community, two generous grants supported local efforts with Direct Relief and The Bucket Brigade both directed to aid for victims of the January 9th debris flow which devastated our community and touched our lives and hearts so deeply. We have deep gratitude for all that you have given and all that you made possible.

We invite you to join us for some exciting fall and winter events.

~Sandra & Connie

News from Liberia...

This letter to us from Representative Rosana Schaack and Founder of THINK:

In the House of Representatives, I am the Chairperson of the Women's Legislative Caucus and it is a BIG challenge to get the 11 women (2 from the Senate and 9 from the Representatives) together for trainings and activities. We are getting support from UN Women and have plans to work with UNFPA when I get back. We were invited to participate in the Public Health Law Review in the early part  of August. The Public Health Laws have not been revised since 1976. My interest was specifically the reproductive health and rights of women and girls.

The biggest activity we have on our plate is to get more of our male colleagues on board with us to pass pending gender-related Bills that were NOT passed during the 53rd Legislature. Some of those 
are: The Domestic Violence Act, The Land Rights Act, Review of the Rape Law and getting the Affirmative Action for 30% quota for women in political participation.

I go to my district as well and hold town hall meetings and am doing farming up there as well. I want to promote food security through staple food production and animal husbandry. I want to be a leader that serves and leads by example. The women in that part of the country are so far behind in education, basic services
and development participation.

Well just wanted to give you an update of what is happening in my life. I still value you so very much. When you are not hearing from me, it isn't that I have forgotten about you. The work is just very demanding.

Thank you for your partnership and friendship.
Lots of hugs to you and your families!

We would also like to share this link to a NY Times Op-Ed piece...

Save the Date

Abe Powell &
Dean Axelrod

October 25, 2018
Join us for lunch at the
Tyler Home, 
2190 Alisos Drive


We look forward to updates from our Grantees; joining us will be Abe Powell, Bucket Brigade and Dean Axelrod, Direct Relief.

John Abraham Powell was born in Stanford, California and raised in Santa Barbara. Since 1999, Abe served as President of Get Oil Out for 14 years, President of the Mountain Drive Community Association for 5 years, a Mountain Drive Brush 6 volunteer firefighter for 5 years. He is currently a Director of the Montecito Fire Protection District and Trustee at the Santa Barbara Middle School. On January 28th, 2018 Abe and his wife Jessica Powell, PhD, created the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade to coordinate a community response to the disastrous debris flow of January 9th. Since that time, over 3000 volunteers have shown up to help dig the community out and to get Montecito and Santa Barbara back on track after the Thomas Fire and Flood.

Dean Axelrod is Associate Director for Partnerships & Philanthropy at Direct Relief. Direct Relief is the 7th largest U.S. charity by revenue, providing humanitarian material medical aid to populations that are affected by poverty or emergency situations in the United States and around the world. Direct Relief earns a perfect 100 percent rating from Charity Navigator and a score of 100 percent in fundraising efficiency from Forbes. Direct Relief has also earned a 99 percent rating from Forbes for its charitable services as a percent of total expenses. Dean offers more than 30 years of professional experience combined with a passion to help others do better and live better.


Barbara Bylenga

February 7, 2019

Santa Barbara Foundation
1111 Chapala St, Suite 200



Barbara Bylenga is the founder of She-Can which provides US scholarships and mentoring to girls and is now working in Liberia.  

Barbara stepped out and tackled a global issue after a successful career in marketing and owning a business. In 2011 Barbara founded SHE-CAN, a non-profit that that builds female leadership in post-conflict nations by engaging U.S. professional women and men as mentors who come together in teams of 5-6 to help a young woman from peace-restoring nations: Rwanda, Cambodia and Liberia become a leader. Each team helps their scholar win a full scholarship to a top U.S. college and supports her throughout her leadership journey.

Joining her will be our Global Neighborhood Fund member and friend Jane Gutman.  Jane will share her experience in volunteering as a mentor.

Global Neighborhood Fund is a field of interest fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation.
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