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Investing in Tomorrow’s Community Leaders

Since 1999, the Katherine Harvey Fellows program has invested in the development of 112 talented and motivated young community leaders in Santa Barbara County. Fellows come from a variety of professional backgrounds and perspectives, and complete the program with the skills, connections, and confidence to effectively engage in issues and organizations important to them and to Santa Barbara County.  They become part of the dynamic network of social change leaders making our region stronger.

Program Overview

Katherine Harvey Fellows is an 18-month experiential education program that includes four primary components:

Community Education

Through an introduction to a wide range of philanthropic topics, Fellows:
  • Increase their understanding of issues facing Santa Barbara County
  • Gain knowledge of various ways of addressing community issues (i.e. community service, philanthropy, social impact, advocacy, public/private sector collaboration)
  • Identify how to have more meaningful community involvement

Values Exploration

Philanthropy is an articulation of one’s values. Through an exploration of personal and group values, Fellows:
  • Gain insight into what guides them in their own desire to be involved in their community
  • Identify how to be engaged in their community in a way that is consistent with their values
  • Better understand the role that having clear values plays in personal service and giving

Experiential Learning

Fellows work in small groups to explore a complex community problem. In the experiential process they:
  • Meet community leaders making a difference in their project focus area
  • Engage diverse perspectives, evolve one’s thinking, and nurture new ideas
  • Learn about various aspects of successful fundraising and engage in applying these skills


A diverse network based on trusted relationships is essential for successfully advancing the common good. Through the program, Fellows:
  • Learn together as a cohort from different professional and ethnic backgrounds
  • Are exposed to diverse leaders addressing community issues in a variety of ways
  • Build a personal relationships with a Mentor and Project Coach, both of whom are experienced community leaders

To Learn More

  • Read program description on website
  • Attend an Information Session.  Information Sessions are intended for potential Katherine Harvey Fellow candidates, and scheduled prior to nomination period.
  • Contact us with your questions by email or by phone: 805-770-3232

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