Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara

"Ensuring Excellence in Cancer Care"

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The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and Sansum Clinic forged a strategic partnership in 2012, and out of this union emerged the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, the financial backbone of the Cancer Center since its inception in 1949. Thanks to the generosity of patients, foundations and supporters, the Cancer Foundation and its trustees have provided steadfast vision, leadership and support to ensure superior cancer care is available in Santa Barbara for 65 years. What began with a gift from Elisha Converse of a one-million volt x-ray machine – one of seven in the country at the time – has grown into more than a half-century commitment to unparalleled cancer care for all residents on the central coast. 

The mission of the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara is to ensure superior cancer care for all citizens of Santa Barbara County regardless of means. To this end, the Foundation is the leading non-profit fundraising and grant making institution dedicated to cancer care in Santa Barbara County. 

The Cancer Foundation is the leading sponsor and the largest donor to Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic, the largest provider of cancer care on the central coast. Each year, the Foundation commits a minimum of 85% (up to 100%) of the proceeds from the Foundation’s endowment and fundraising efforts to support cancer diagnosis, treatment, research, technology and support programs in our area. The remaining 15% may be used to support other cancer related programs in Santa Barbara County. Historically, these have included oncology bench research at UCSB and pediatric cancer care and navigators at Cottage Health System. All Foundation proceeds must be used to support cancer care in our community.

While the physicians and staff of the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic continue their diligent work diagnosing and treating those touched by cancer, the Cancer Foundation maintains its singular focus on fundraising and grant making to ensuring Santa Barbara remains in the vanguard of cancer care. The Cancer Foundation raises and distributes millions of dollars each year to the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara allowing the center to deliver a higher level of care than would otherwise be possible in a community our size, on par with some of the most renowned cancer centers in the U.S. The Cancer Foundation contributed over $3,300,000 in 2013 to the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic and has committed $2,346,276 to the Cancer Center in 2014.