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Your donation is managed by our nonprofit partner Network for Good's Donor Advised Fund, which then grants 97% of the funds to our organization. Please consider adding a 3% grant to Network for Good so 100% of your donation amount goes to us.

We know you are passionate about creating a more just and equitable Central Coast, and we’re here to tell you how you can help make it happen. In 2012, donations from generous individuals like you provided 5% of Just Communities’ total budget. We want to double that figure in 2013. To meet our goal, we are asking you to deepen your support in a new and exciting way.

Just Communities is now launching our JUST Giving program to offer a recurring online donation option. With this program you can choose how often and how much you give, while providing sustainable support to Just Communities and all of the students, educators, and community leaders who are making change happen. You can even choose where your donation goes within our organization!

Please consider making a recurring monthly donation of $25.00 or an amount that is meaningful to you. To make a donation, simply click the DONATE button on the left. If you'd like to join the JUST Giving program be sure to mark "I want to make a recurring donation" in the frequency section of the donate page.

Please help us continue to make a difference on the Central Coast.

IEE 2012 Balloon GameJust Communities believes that communities are stronger when all people have voice, opportunity, access, and power.

At this year’s Institute for Equity in Education (IEE) educators learned how to use the 4 R’s (Relationships, Relevance, Rigor, and Racial & Economic Justice) as keys to creating academic success for all students.

In 2012, Just Communities launched the Language Justice Initiative which provides training and support for interpreters and helps local organizations create effective multi-lingual spaces. The initiative helps ensure that speaking fluent English is not a requirement to being an active and empowered member of the Central Coast.

At our 8 day program for youth, the Community Leadership Institute (CLI), students find their voice and passion to become active leaders for equality and justice.

Thanks to the support of people like you, 2012 saw these (and many more) lasting changes:

  • CommUnity Leadership Institute graduates have successfully revived the dormant Gay Straight Alliance at Santa Barbara High School,  by recruiting new members and forming plans to promote inclusion, safety, and justice on campus.
  • Institute for Equity in Education graduates are starting a program to train USCB undergraduates as mentors to local high school students. The relationships they build will create positive academic narratives for the students to reverse their risk of dropping out of school.
  • The Westside Women’s Group, which formed as a result of our Westside Neighborhood Initiative, worked with THRIVE, local non-profits, and government agencies to hold the first ever Westside Family Day & Health Fair. Through this unprecedented partnering of city and county government with neighborhood residents and nonprofits, 600 people received health screenings, 1,200 meals were served, and 220 family needs surveys were collected.Hailey Goodner CLI 2012
  • Members of the Language Justice Network are helping to form a group that will provide interpretation and translation of critical safety-related information released by Santa Barbara County to the public in cases of emergencies and natural disasters.
  • Our first annual JUST Desserts event was a huge success bringing together funders, participants, and community stakeholders to celebrate 10 years of Just Communities’ presence on the Central Coast with music, sweet treats, and awards.