Hearts of Bacara

Our Mission

Bacara believes hospitality and community service go hand-in-hand. In that spirit, Bacara has instituted “Hearts of Bacara,” a comprehensive program comprised of community partnerships, in-kind donations, cash contributions and volunteered time and talent.


Community Partners

Direct Relief International

  • Thread Counts

Bacara partners with Direct Relief International, the largest natural disaster relief organization, to recycle its sheets and linen into medical bandages. The process is facilitated by a group of 16 volunteers, affectionately known as the Holy Rollers. Ranging in ages 55 to 92, the dedicated team of women gathers each week to rip, roll and distribute the sheets to thousands of health clinics around the world. To date, more than 360,000 bandages (and counting) have been donated.

  • Personal Care Packs

Hundreds of people affected by natural disasters have received basic care items thanks to the generosity of guests staying at Bacara. Hotel guests can choose to donate their unopened in-room amenities to Direct Relief’s Personal Care Pack Program, an initiative started more than 20 years ago, which provides personal care supplies to vulnerable people in the United States to improve their health and quality of life. The packs contain basic hygiene items like lotion, soap, shampoo, facial cleanser, hairbrushes, combs, tooth brushes, tooth paste, dental hygiene items, basic first aid supplies and other assorted toiletries.

Gaviota Coast Conservancy

Bacara is located along California’s most spectacular stretch of Pacific paradise, the Gaviota Coast. The Gaviota area is one of the largest, last remaining intact coastal Mediterranean ecosystems in California. More rural than most other Southern California coastal regions, the Gaviota Coast retains its incredible biodiversity thanks to organizations such as the Gaviota Coast Conservancy. Bacara supports the Conversancy through educational outreach, fundraisers, art exhibitions, beach clean-ups and the resort’s annual holiday tree which pays homage to the beautiful coastline.

Dream Foundation

For more than 10 years, Bacara has hosted Dream Foundation’s Annual Celebration of Dreams Gala. The first and largest national wish-granting organization for adults, Dream Foundation enhances the quality of life for individuals and their families battling a life-threatening illness by fulfilling a heart’s final wish. In addition to hosting the Annual Celebration of Dreams Gala, Bacara has hosted memorable vacations for dozens of Dream recipients and their families. Not just a trip, the complimentary stays offer a well-deserved vacation from cancer.

The Julia Child Foundation

The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts was created by Julia in 1995 to continue to advance matters she valued. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, the Foundation is a grant-making, non-profit which primarily funds research and scholarships for professional culinary training as well as other activities in the fields of gastronomy and the culinary arts. Each year, Bacara is honored to host the annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend in conjunction with The Julia Child Foundation. Next year’s event takes place April 14-17, 2016, and will once again showcase the distinct tastes, sights and sounds of Santa Barbara while drawing culinary talent from across the country.

Sustainability Efforts

Community Fountain Art Exhibition

As part of Bacara’s water conservation efforts, the resort has replaced the water in its fountains with drought-tolerant plants, succulents, edibles and even hand-blown glass.  To bring this vision to life, the resort commissioned Santa Barbara County’s top landscape designers, including Lotusland, Dalla Vita and Santa Barbara Art Glass. Learn More

Clean the World

Bacara is proud to join the fight to help save lives by recycling gently used bars of soap and bottled amenities through Clean the World. The organization ensures that products are sanitized and recycled in an environmentally and hygienically safe manner, and then distributed to children and families throughout the world – including the United States. It is anticipated that Bacara will divert 1.5 tons of waste, and will help save lives and prevent hygiene-related illness in over 96 countries.

Sustainability Committee

Bacara has instituted a “Sustainability Committee” comprised of employees who are passionate about protecting the environment (several committee members are students receiving their bachelor of science degree in environmental studies at UC Santa Barbara). The committee reviews opportunities for energy management, waste reduction and recycling.

In-Kind Donation Eligibility & Application Requirements

Bacara is honored to provide in-kind donations to important causes within the community. Benefiting organizations must be non-profit with 501 (c) (3) status and based in Santa Barbara County. Please complete the form here.

Please note: a notification of acceptance or decline will be emailed or mailed upon review of your application. As there are so many worthwhile organizations, regrettably, we are unable to provide donations to everyone. We thank you for your understanding and hope to partner with you in the future.


Traveling Priests Program

For information about Bacara’s traveling priests program, please click here. To view our mass schedule, please click here.