Nominations are open for the 80th Annual Person of the Year awards. The Santa Barbara Foundation invites community members to nominate an individual, couple or family to be considered for the honors.

Nominations will accepted now through 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at

The Person of the Year awards honor Santa Barbara area individuals, couples or families whose extraordinary service represents a meaningful commitment to the community; addresses a real community need or enhances the quality of life; or has demonstrated exemplary acts of generosity, kindness or innovation in the Santa Barbara area.

Recipients are selected from a wide range of candidates nominated by community members.

“We are honored to be the organizing sponsor of the annual Person of the Year awards, which gives us an opportunity to stop and thank individuals who dedicate so much of themselves to their community,” said Jackie Carrera, Santa Barbara Foundation president/CEO.

“This is also a major milestone year – the 80th year of recognizing philanthropic contributions to our region and 80 years of gratitude from the community,” she said.

The 80th Person of the Year recipient(s) will be honored at a luncheon on April 19. For more, visit

The first Persons of the Year were Harold Chase in 1942 and Pearl Chase in 1956. The award was known as Man & Woman of the Year and held that name until 2020.

For organizations interested in becoming a sponsor for the 80th Person of the Year awards, contact Brittany Napier at

The 94-year-old Santa Barbara Foundation works to improve areas that affect quality of life in Santa Barbara County, including support for basic needs, and addressing the concerns of the working family, including child care, workforce development, and workforce housing.

The foundation connects those who give with those in need. To learn more, visit