Our Story

The LGCN’s heart most recently grew towards the coastal plains of Santa Barbara! As the newest Giving Circle in the network, our Santa Barbara familia demonstrates the magic that happens when like-minded individuals with a similar passion come together. In their first year as a Giving Circle they provided a rapid response grant to 805 undocufund and even hosted a virtual event to celebrate Latinidad and highlight their community partner. Their goal is to keep growing in the region and elevate the brilliance of their members.

Given in Grants
Year Established

Funding Priorities

Board Leadership Development

Mental Health

Words from Members

  • The Santa Barbara Giving Circle reflects the needs of our community.

    Theresa Huerta -
  • I am honored to be a part of this Giving Circle, where we get to come together with shared passion to support our Latino leaders and advance the work of grassroots Latino-led organizations locally.

    Cara Silva (she/her/ella) - Santa Barbara Latino
  • I love making a difference in my community!

    Caroline Alarcon - Santa Barbara Latino
  • When I joined the giving circle, I felt like I had found MY space, MY community. It made me emotional to see a room full of beautiful leaders that look like me and want what is best for our community because they understand the community first hand. It was powerful!

    Teresa Alvarez - Santa Barbara Latino

Our Current Grantees


2021 Meetings

This Year’s Giving Timeline: March 3  |  June 2  |  October 6

Giving Circles have three official grantmaking meetings with LCF staff – from helping define funding priorities to meeting with nonprofit organizations. Throughout the year, Giving Circles also host socials, and members are invited to join network wide events, including the LGCN Retreat. Interested in attending a meeting? Contact us here.


  • Lead Members

    Ali Cortes

    Arcelia Sencion

    Teresa Alvarez

    Theresa Huerta

  • A-E

    Alice Villarreal Redit

    Cara Silva

    Caroline Alarcon

    Diane Martinez

    Eder Gaona-Macedo

  • F-L

    Guille Gil-Reynoso

    Julia Lara

  • M-Z

    Marisol Alarcon

    Sergio Lagunas

    Theresa Huerta

    Victoria Juarez

    Yolanda Gonzalez

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About the Latino Giving Circle Network

The Latino Giving Circle Network is the largest network of Latinx philanthropists in the country. From Baby Boomers to Millennials, CEOs to emerging professionals, immigrants to US-born, Latinos and non-Latinos, we are part of a united movement inspired by the power of giving and civic engagement. The funding from these Giving Circles supports grassroots Latinx-led nonprofits, working on the frontlines with Latinx youth and families. These emerging community-rooted organizations are often overlooked by traditional philanthropy. We exist to change that. Learn more about the Network here.