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Trainings and Capacity Building

Alliance for Justice
(Advocacy, Lobbying, Technical Assistance)
AFJ is the leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, providing definitive information, resources, and technical assistance that encourages organizations and their funding partners to fully exercise their right to be active participants in the democratic process.

Blue Avocado
(Technical Assistance, Nonprofit Resources)
Blue Avocado offers practical, provocative, and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits.

Center for Nonprofit Leadership/Ventura County
(Workshops, Technical Assistance)
The Center for Nonprofit Leadership provides a broad array of management assistance workshops, networking opportunities, seminars and community convenings aimed at advancing nonprofit professional development and management excellence.

Fund for Santa Barbara
(Technical Assistance, Workshops, Community Resources, Grants)
The FUND for Santa Barbara is a nonprofit community foundation dedicated to addressing the root causes of social, economic, environmental and political challenges in Santa Barbara County. The FUND provides grants and technical assistance to local grassroots efforts. The FUND supports community-based projects working for “Change, Not Charity” through a variety of strategies including community organizing, direct action, popular education, legislative advocacy and the arts.

Just Communities Central Coast
(Action Planning, Trainings)
Just Communities offers several programs to support parent leadership, education equity initiatives, and to help nonprofits and local institutions adopt practices to make their services accessible to non-English speakers.The CommUnity Leadership Institute (CLI) prepares high school youth to be leaders for diversity and justice in their schools and communities. In this 8-day residential summer program, participants learn about issues of identity, diversity, and equity, and are empowered with the knowledge and skills to promote justice in their schools and communities.

Leading from Within
(Nonprofit leadership training)
The organization offers three leadership development programs for nonprofit staff members in the Central Coast. Programs span many months with sessions on management and leadership, knowledge and insights about the distinctive characteristics and dynamics of nonprofit organizations; and approaches and skills to foster impact, effectiveness, collaboration, and sustained commitment. Participants also develop a new peer network.

Spokes Resources for Nonprofits
(Nonprofit Resources, Trainings)
Spokes strives to provide solutions, service and support for nonprofit organizations throughout the Central Coast. Spokes is inspired by a vision where our local nonprofit sector has the skills and organizational capacity it needs to continue to dramatically improve the health and vitality of our shared community.

Community Organizer’s Toolbox

The tools found below have been compiled by McCune consultants, grantees or funding partners/allies to better serve the nonprofit community. These materials are free to download and use. Please credit the authors/owners of documents as necessary.


Nonprofit Resource Network (NPRN)
A web-based communication and sharing platform for Santa Barbara County’s nonprofit sector.

Santa Maria and Lompoc Activist Brown Bag monthly lunches
Monthly gatherings in Northern Santa Barbara County to share information and resources among the nonprofit community. Visit the Fund for Santa Barbara for more information.

Local Funders

Foundation Roundtable of Santa Barbara County
The Foundation Roundtable was established in September 1991 by representatives of several local foundations to advance and support philanthropy in Santa Barbara County.

Fund for Santa Barbara
The FUND for Santa Barbara is a nonprofit community foundation dedicated to addressing the root causes of social, economic, environmental and political challenges in Santa Barbara County. The FUND raises money through donations of all sizes in order to provide grants and technical assistance to local grassroots efforts.

Social Justice Fund for Ventura County
The Social Justice Fund for Ventura County (SJF) is a social change grant-making and educational organization created and guided by Ventura County donors. SJF has been established to advance equality and opportunity for all.

Ventura County Community Foundation
Established in 1987, VCCF invests the charitable capital that drives the philanthropic engines of Ventura County. They make grants, offer scholarships and operate the VCCF Center for Nonprofit Leadership in Camarillo – a place where nonprofits can attend tracings and find resources.


“Community Organizing: People Power from the Grassroots”
by Dave Beckwith, with Cristina Lopez.

“Making Change: How Social Movements Work & How to Support Them”
by Manuel Pastor & Rhonda Ortiz.

Transactions – Transformations – Translations: Metrics That Matter for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements
by Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, & Rachel Rosner.