ED Roundtable & 77th Man and Woman of the Year

Sep 03, 2020
ED Roundtable & 77th Man and Woman of the Year

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Hey there friends,

Some things that we are particularly fired up on this week: 

  1. As a reminder, NPRN is bringing back the Executive Director Roundtable on Thursday, September 17. Thank you to those who have already registered!  This convening will introduce the concept of the "Nonprofit Council," which was workshopped by Alana Walczak, a group of selected nonprofit sector leaders, and NPRN staff in 2019 and 2020. Additional details and registration can be found below under the 'Webinars & Resources' section. 
  2. Be sure not to miss a new capacity and skills building opportunity with the Center of Nonprofit Leadership. On Thursday, September 10, they will be hosting a webinar entitled: Linkedin Tips, Tools and Daily Tasks: Creating a Roadmap for Job and Networking Prospects. Details and registration link below. 
  3. Congratulations to the Santa Barbara Foundation's 77th Man and Woman of the Year — Tom Parker and Catherine Remak! Parker is one of the namesakes of the Hutton Parker Foundation and is recognized for his long-standing philanthropic support of our nonprofit sector; Remak is recognized for her excellence in volunteerism in the community spanning decades and several nonprofit organizations. Another congratulations to our Lompoc Valley's Man and Woman of the year — Victor Jordan and Devika Stalling, who's combined selections mark the first time that two Black recipients were chosen for the awards in the same year. Read their impactful and uplifting stories below! 
  4. A quick correction — last week, we shared an article containing a name misspelling and incorrect gender identification. For the record, Robin Gose, Ed.D., President and CEO at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, identifies as a woman and uses the pronouns she/her. Apologies for not catching that mistake, Robin! 
  5. Good Newser — Please continue to send us your Good News and/or Gratitudes! We'd love to share positive updates from our sector and bring a little sunshine to your inbox each week. You can support this effort by sending your gratitudes and good news stories  to [email protected]

Thank you for all that you do — keep rocking! 
— Pam, David, Maile & Alana







Tomorrow! CEC'S Climate Resilience
Roundtable: Stories of Resilience from the
Frontlines of Climate Change


The Community Environmental Council (CEC), in collaboration with community partners, will co-host Climate Resilience Roundtable: Historias de resiliencia desde las primeras líneas del cambio climático / Stories of Resilience from the Frontlines of Climate Change on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The free virtual roundtable will be conducted in Spanish with English and other language interpretation and will have two segments: a webinar from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m, followed by a guided discussion with break out rooms from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Those interested in attending must register for the roundtable in advance. The event is particularly intended for:

  • Active listeners in positions of power, influence, and decision making wanting to deepen understanding of climate impacts on vulnerable populations and be open to their resilience solutions.
  • Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and frontline community members seeking greater empowerment and agency to share their stories and solutions as experts at responding to crisis.
  • Anyone interested in learning about how climate and health disasters are impacting frontline and essential workers, indigenous culture and marginalized people.





Onto the Next 100 Years

Women of Santa Barbara Reflect on Suffrage History

At left, Vijaya Jammalamadaka, an Indian immigrant, is the president of the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara, which strives for diversity, equity and inclusion in public policies. At right, the League of Women Voters was also formed 100 years ago, just six months before the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara aims to educate voters and encourage participation. The organization praised the centennial of the 19th Amendment, but reminded women to remember who was actually included when the amendment was ratified.

[...] "We say that women got the vote in 1920, but in fact, many women didn’t get to vote,” Dr. Boris said. “In 1920, in the South in particular, the poll tax and literacy tests primarily excluded African-American women and some poor white women.”

It would be decades later before Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to prohibit racial discrimination. Dr. Boris mentioned an essay in which she argued that an intersectional feminism that considers all the social factors of identity such as race, gender, social class, ability, religion and etc., has developed through social movements such as Black Lives Matter, reproductive justice and women’s health...





'Shining examples': Stalling, Jordan claim top honors from Lompoc Chamber

Victor Jordan, left, and Devika Stalling, right, pose together after it was announced that they had been selected by the Lompoc Chamber as this year's
Man and Woman of the year, respectively.

[Jordan and Stalling's] combined selections marked the first time that two Black recipients were chosen for the awards in the same year, and that fact — particularly in a year that has been headlined as much by public discussions of racism as the ongoing public health ordeal — was not lost on either of them.

[...] “I think that it’s important, especially in the days that we’re living in, to highlight the good in the African American community,” Stalling said. “It’s important for little Black girls and Brown girls just to see someone in a higher position [who looks like them] because we don’t always see ourselves in that way.”

[...] Jordan said he was hopeful that his status as Man of the Year, particularly as a Black Man of the Year, could help build relationships in the community that might not otherwise materialize.

“By me getting this award, if people that normally wouldn’t go up to a Black person and say hello, recognize me [for this honor] and feel that I’m accessible enough to where they can come up and say hello and dispel some of the fear they may have felt, then I think that’s a good reason to get the award,” he said. “It’s not just all about Victor. It’s about bringing heightened awareness...”








Funder Information During COVID-19


The Grant Center has compiled information about new COVID-19-related funding opportunities, as well as updates on local funder guidelines as they each respond to the crisis, here. This document will be updated in real time as we receive more information about funders’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, so check back often. If you need a grant writer at this time, please email [email protected] or [email protected] and we will send you a list of local grant writers.








Register Now!
 Executive Director Roundtable:

Introducing the Nonprofit Council with Alana Walczak


Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 10AM

After a brief hiatus, NPRN is convening the Santa Barbara County Executive Director Roundtable on Tuesday, September 17 @ 10am - via video of course.  It is hard to overstate how much the world has changed since our last gathering in March, yet we all have and will continue to move forward.  

In 2019, the concept of a “Nonprofit Council” was explored as a vehicle for organizing the power of Santa Barbara County’s nonprofit sector.  Led by Alana Walczak, CALM President & CEO, and shepherded by NPRN staff, a group consisting of Ashley Costa, Geoff Green, Eder Gaona-Macedo, Ben Romo, Luke Swetland, Sara York Rubin, Ariana Katovich, Victoria Juarez, Shannon Seifert and Pam Lewis convened and hammered out what what this Council might pursue.  

At the next ED Roundtable meeting, you’ll hear a report from Alana Walczak, outlining the process, progress and proposed focus for the Nonprofit Council.

If there are additional items you would like to see surfaced at this ED Roundtable, please email [email protected].






We've asked you to share your questions, needs, events, and resources with us. We have now compiled those submissions and will be updating the following page regularly. Please continue to submit your needs/inquires here and we will share them.

Please note that many specific nonprofit needs have been posted anonymously.
If you would like to provide advice/resources to a specific post, please reach out to [email protected] and we will put you in touch with the inquiring party. 









Information on CARES Act

Analysis of Families First Coronavirus Response Act from Jon Light.






Upcoming Webinar



New! From the Ground Up, Linkedin Tips, Tools, and Daily Tasks: Creating a Roadmap for Job and Networking Prospects

September 10, 10:00am -12:00pm

The reality of furloughs, layoffs, and cutbacks surround us as we continue to traverse the economic impact of Covid-19. Whether you are among the community that has suffered these impacts, or you’re anticipating ways to develop supplemental income or professional networks, this workshop is for you. Join Patrick Ward, Director of Marketing at Rootstrap, in a workshop that will leave you feeling prepared to take on the job hunt and network building during a time of social distancing via Linkedin. Patrick will show you why Linkedin is an amazing tool to have in your journey, and by the end of the workshop you’ll be equipped with a daily less than 1 hour strategy plan on Linkedin to get yourself connected and hired. 





Webinar Recordings


Our friends at Just Communities have several videos available featuring conversations with community experts on the impacts COVID-19 has had on our communities, through the lens of diversity, inclusion and equity. 

Click the following links to watch the recorded Facebook virtual gatherings,
on topics such as: 

Language Justice
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Housing & Homelessness
Access to Outdoor Spaces






For Santa Barbara Foundation Man of the Year
Tom Parker, ‘Giving Back Makes Sense’

One of the namesakes behind the Hutton Parker Foundation has made it his mission to support community nonprofit organizations

The Santa Barbara Foundation has named Tom Parker the 77th Man of the Year for his long-standing philanthropic efforts in the Santa Barbara community.

“When you get to a certain point, it feels better to give back than it does to consume,” he said. “I believe that giving back makes sense. If you are fortunate in your life, it’s not just an obligation, it’s an ingrained part of you.”

Parker became president of Hutton Companies in 1984 after receiving a call from Betty Hutton asking him to join her team. Parker took over operations and launched it into a richly successful real estate development company. Hutton and Parker knew they wanted to put a big chunk of their assets into a private foundation. 

[...] The Hutton Parker Foundation makes loans, buys buildings, and houses nonprofit organizations at reduced, fixed rents so they have a sustainable place to operate. It has housed 55 organizations in 17 newly renovated office buildings at below-market rental rates. That saves the nonprofit organizations $2 million per year.

“We can do a lot more with our assets than just write grants,” Parker said. “I thought, ‘Let’s invest our assets in the community directly’”...





Giving Back Comes Naturally to Santa Barbara Foundation Woman of the Year Catherine Remak

The longtime Rotarian, who began her volunteerism at age 14, says she has 'always loved and appreciated the community'

Catherine Remak has been named the Santa Barbara Foundation’s 77th Woman of the Year for her years of volunteerism in the community.

Remak first moved to Santa Barbara in 1967 and began her volunteer days as a flag football coach at the Montecito YMCA at age 14.

“I’ve always loved and appreciated the community,” she said. “I always remember a voice in my head saying that I want to give back.”

[...] Remak said that among her favorite volunteer efforts are the Summit for Danny international hikes, which help raise money for the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Treatment Center. In a hike in Switzerland, Remak led teens and helped raise more than $10,000 for teens with abuse issues...





Bridge Clinic in Santa Barbara Bridges
the Gap in Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorders

The Bath Street facility first helps patients with access to treatment and then with longer-term resources on their path to recovery

The Bridge Clinic in Santa Barbara provides individuals with substance use disorders a chance to create paths forward to recovery with therapeutic interventions and medically assisted treatment.

In 2019, the Bridge Clinic opened its doors in partnership with the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics and Cottage Health, a nonprofit health care system across the Central Coast.

[...] The Bridge Clinic is a one-stop shop for people to get a broad range of help and get connected to longer-term resources, said Dr. Paul Erickson, medical director for psychiatry and addiction medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and the Bridge Clinic’s psychiatrist and medically assisted treatment consulting specialist.

“The idea of a bridge is we make it easy to access treatment,” Erickson said. “Then, we bridge them until they are connected with longer-term treatment"...





New Outreach Program Offered For Latinos
With Parkinson’s Disease

The Parkinson Association of Santa Barbara (PASB) has initiated an outreach program to Spanish speakers in the greater Santa Barbara community who have Parkinson’s Disease.

The program opened on Aug. 21 with a free, Spanish-language, musical exercise program on Facebook Live geared to people with Parkinson or similar physical limitations (facebook.com/parkinsonassociationsb/live.)

PASB recently received a $5,000 grant from the Parkinson Foundation, as well as individual donations to help support the program. The first class has so far had 77 views.
The Latino Outreach Program is modeled on the successful programs PASB currently offers in English: There are chair-based, musical exercise classes twice a week; three types of support groups; a monthly educational program; and an annual all-day symposium.

The programs have helped create a strong sense of community and mutual support among the roughly 300 participants...





Unique South Coast Science And Technology Museum Closed By Coronavirus, But Offering Activities


It's a one-of-a-kind science and technology museum in Santa Barbara.  But MOXI has been closed for months by the coronavirus crisis, with no clear idea on when health conditions may improve enough for it to reopen.

MOXI is still offering activities for the community, though. 

It's currently in the processes of collecting items from the community for a ten year time capsule, one intended to provide insight in 2030 as to what it was like to live through the pandemic...





Local Food Groups Work Together to Alleviate Hunger During Pandemic

Healthy living and eating right during the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be extremely difficult for some families that are struggling to pay their bills when there has been loss of income. Several Santa Ynez Valley nonprofits that typically work independently have come together to ensure that no one goes hungry. 

“We are putting boots to the road and our local nonprofits and organizations have come together in ways we have never done before,” said Pam Gnekow, executive director of the Santa Ynez Valley Senior Citizens’ Foundation and Buellton Senior Center. “We constantly are sharing resources and information and supplies to make sure that we keep people fed and checked on.” 

[...] Without partnerships with other organizations like Veggie Rescue, the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County and businesses from Jordano’s and Cisco, there would be even more tough decisions for local families and seniors living on fixed incomes, Gnekow added...





Free Class Gives Local Families the Tools to Support a Loved One's Mental Health

Mental illness doesn’t just affect the people who receive the diagnosis; it’s an experience that loved ones go through with them. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), with chapters in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, is working to equip families with the tools they need to support a loved one who may be struggling.

In partnership with Transitions-Mental Health Association in Northern Santa Barbara County and SLO County, NAMI’s Family to Family program is a free class that educates family members about different mental illnesses, provides coping suggestions, and teaches students how to effectively communicate with ill loved ones. Santa Maria Valley classes begin Sept. 23. The SLO class’s exact start date is still being determined, but will also begin in September. Both classes will be held virtually over video conference because of the pandemic. 

“It’s once a week, in the evening, and it’s 2 1/2 hours,” Transitions-Mental Health Association Family Support Specialist Maria Perez told the Sun. “Every week there’s a topic that’s talked about and read about. You learn about symptoms, medications, the recovery process, the possibilities of employment"...





















Thanks for all the work that you do. 


Pam, David & Maile








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