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Upcoming Events:

Members and friends are welcome to these informal, informative, and fun gatherings!

Barbara Bylenga
Feb 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.

Past Events:

Abe Powell & Dean Axelrod
Oct 25, 2018

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

This will be a very personal opportunity to hear two of the incredible organizations that came together to support our community at a moment of incredible crisis and need. We are so proud to support them.

Megan Fallone
Nov 28, 2017

Please join us to learn and be inspired. Meagan Fallone, CEO of Barefoot College champions the power of women as agents of change and poverty reduction. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about innovative solutions empowering rural women and girls through mastery of technology. Hers is an inspiring journey of risk-taking and respect for the knowledge and skills innately existent within poor communities.

Meagan coordinates the International Barefoot College Solar Engineering Program in 53 countries. Barefoot College is currently being launched in Liberia. Barefoot College brings women to India for 6 months to train them to be solar engineers and lack of literacy is a criteria. Many of them are grandmothers. Solar Mamas return to their villages with the tools and knowledge, materials and technology to provide solar power to their villages and serve as engineers.

May 2, 2017

We are honored to host an initmate conversation with Dr. Raj Panjabi, co-founder of Last Mile Health, recent recipient of the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the 2017 TED Ideas Prize, and who has been recognized by TIME Magazine 2016 as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” for developing his innovative health model which brings health care to those living in the “Last Mile.”

March 8th, 2017

Screening of Rafea: Solar Mamas, this is an inspiring film about training rural illiterate women to become solar engineers at Barefoot College, bringing solar power to their villages.  Barefoot College is now in Liberia.  Time and place TBD.

January 24th, 2017  •  10:00AM

Deborah Rogow, Deborah works with NGO’s such as UNFPA to promote the health and rights of women and girls in developing countries.  10 am at the Santa Barbara Foundation.

November 1st, 2016  •  5-7PM

Executive Director and Founder Dave Tippet of Liberia Now, our girls scholarships, at the home of Sandra and Sam Tyler, 5-7pm.

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