We all know that it's the people who make the home. If you’re new to the area and looking for ways to connect with your neighborhood, what better way to get involved with your community than local philanthropy? From volunteering to community engagement, there are so many ways to connect with the people of Santa Barbara! Marsha Kotlyar of Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group is proud to be actively involved and support the following organizations.
Founded in 1864, Girls Inc. has adapted over decades to meet specific challenges facing young women, committing to empower, inspire, and uplift girls in our community. Their mission is to help unlock the potential of local youth, encouraging all girls to feel safe to express themselves to trusted adults in hands-on, minds-on programs. Girls Inc. is also a strong advocate for legislation and policies that increase opportunities and rights for all women.
Angels is a non-profit foster family agency serving Santa Barbara and Southern San Luis Obispo Counties. Since 2006, they have placed 288 infants and toddlers in foster care homes - 141 of which were adopted by their Angels parents. Serving local children, all social workers help families confidently care for their foster children with the support and tools needed to provide the best environment for a baby, toddler, or sibling set.
The Charitable Foundation is dedicated to making a constructive impact in our local communities, backed by the agents and employees of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. Since its inception, The Charitable Foundation has provided hundreds of grants totaling over $4 million to local organizations across Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego that support health, education, and the environment.
The Marsha Kotlyar Real Estate Group has been a supporter of Santa Barbara's Storyteller. Storyteller Children’s Center provides childhood education for homeless and at-risk children, as well as support for their families.
The Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse delivers programs and services focused on the education, prevention, and treatment of substance abuse affecting youth, adults, and families throughout Santa Barbara County. Their mission is to provide a continuum of quality care in a safe environment supported by a powerful network of health care providers, law enforcement, local schools, and community leaders.
Cold Spring School continues to be ranked as a top School District in the State of California for its academic excellence in education. Creating a learning environment that encourages self-discovery with multiple hands-on learning opportunities, they work hard to leave every student with a desire to “make a difference in our world.” This is possible through the financial and community support of enrichment programs, supported by contributions made to the Cold Spring School Foundation.
The only non-profit in Santa Barbara County that specializes in the prevention and treatment of childhood trauma, CALM provides services that treat child abuse and promote emotional healing. What’s more, no child or family is turned away due to the inability to pay. If creating a strong start for children in our community is close to your heart, you can get involved by pledging a monthly gift of any amount, shopping an Amazon list of therapy supplies, or volunteering with events and administrative tasks.
Santa Barbara locals Victoria and Bill Strong created this foundation to continue the legacy of their late daughter, 7-year-old Gwendolyn who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy but thrived beyond expectation. Her life has inspired others to have the courage to never give up. Today, the GSF works to fill in the gaps needed to create real change and build a more inclusive future for those with disabilities. They provide family support, fund research, and are building Santa Barbara’s first inclusive playground.
Santa Barbara Humane Society is a non-profit organization and one of the first animal welfare agencies in the country. Providing low-cost veterinary care, vaccines, spay/neuter, pet adoption, and rehoming services - their mission is to be champions for the animals and the people who love them. As a local organization not funded by any national agency, Santa Barbara Humane relies on the generous support of our community to ensure dogs and cats receive the care they need.
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre botanical garden containing over 1,000 species of rare and native plants. Located in beautiful Mission Canyon, its goal is to conserve Californian plants and habitats for the health and well-being of people and our planet. The financial support and volunteering from individuals and corporations alike are essential to their core of operations, building the future of our landscape’s diverse and important ecosystems.
Ganna Walksa Lotusland is recognized as one of the most breathtaking public gardens in the world, and home to over 3,000 types of plants in a captivating estate history. Located in Montecito, they preserve the collections of Madame Ganna Walksa while developing both horticulture and conservation programs to inspire an understanding for the importance of plants.