Tag archives: charities

For 2021, Let’s at Least do the Least
By Gwyn Lurie   |   December 31, 2020

It’s hard to believe that this decade (and by decade, I mean this past year) is finally coming to an end. However, for those of us fortunate enough to have made it through, it does seem we are about to see the backside of the most tumultuous, trying, and confusing year in memory. 2020, don’t […]

Can We Be More Generous?
By Ken Saxon   |   December 24, 2020

In recent years, I’ve heard a growing amount of criticism of philanthropy. I sense that much of this flak comes from the explosion of wealth inequality in our country, which has actually accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s certainly not a pretty picture to see American billionaires gaining $1 trillion (one trillion dollars!) in wealth […]

Generous Grants from Garufis
By Richard Mineards   |   March 28, 2019

To mark its 44th anniversary, Montecito Bank & Trust hosted a grants reception at its majestic State Street headquarters when president and CEO Janet Garufis handed out checks worth $20,000 to 10 local charities. Along with the checks, the nonprofits also received a professionally produced one-minute promotional video. Employees of the bank, which since its […]

Bank on it
By Richard Mineards   |   March 22, 2018

To mark its 43rd anniversary, Montecito Bank & Trust hosted a grants reception at its magestic State Street headquarters when president and CEO Janet Garufis handed out checks worth $20,000 to 10 local charities. Along with the checks, the nonprofits also received a short video professionally produced by cable giant Cox to promote their work. […]

Under the Mistletoe
By Richard Mineards   |   December 7, 2017

Balloonacy reigned at the Coral Casino’s La Pacifica ballroom where hundreds of balloons festooned the ceiling of the oceanside hotspot for the 26th annual Catholic Charities Mistletoe Ball, which attracted 217 guests and raised around $100,000 for the 93-year-old organization serving 44,000 people with an annual budget of $1.8 million. The Yuletide beano, co-chaired by […]