The third main influence of Santa Barbara’s excellent community is a widespread promise to charity by the county’s civic leaders, entrepreneurs and residents as per Kenny Slaught. The city’s robust tradition of nonprofit activity and substantial giving is appreciated today through numerous charities, volunteer organizations and community initiatives, and goes back to 1928 with the establishment of the Santa Barbara Foundation. Active homegrown nonprofits reduce the need for public officials to seek assistance from national foundations, and let immediate responsiveness to be given to the needs of the community.

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