How You Can Help

Bringing our vision to life requires financial support.

The Diabetes Resource Center of Santa Barbara County needs your help so we can help those so desperately in need. We must raise at least $300,000 this year if we are to fund our planned activities. Our budget represents a modest outlay but promises huge returns! The cost of treating even one patient on kidney dialysis can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Imagine how much money would be saved if the incidence of renal failure and other diabetic complications could be reduced.

The DRC is a California non-profit organization that relies on private gifts, contributions, and donations to support its programs. All such gifts are tax deductible and can be made directly to the Center in the form of cash, securities, and needed equipment.

  • There are a variety of ways in which you can help in the prevention, early detection, and management of diabetes by helping the DRC.
  • Volunteering, including clerical, grant-writing, and community outreach activities.
  • Direct donations for ongoing programs.
  • Honor and memorial gifts.
  • Corporate matching gifts.
  • Join one of our Circles of Contributors, described below.
  • Stock, insurance and property donations to benefit the DRC.
  • Directly donate much needed office furniture, office equipment, or medical equipment.

The Founders’ Circle

is a newly-formed contributor organization of the DRC that recognizes and encourages annual contributions to the DRC by individuals or businesses of $2,000 or more. Lifetime membership in the Founders’ Circle is extended to those making one-time donations of $10,000 or more at any time.

Other contributor circles include the Sponsors’ Circle, recognizing donations of $1000 or more, and our Circle of Friends, recognizing donations of $200 to $1000.

The DRC is headquartered in donated office space in downtown Santa Barbara. We need office furniture and equipment, including a desk and chairs, a PC computer with internet capability, a FAX machine, and a xerox machine. Even our Executive Director currently works out of an office with a folding table used as his desk.

We are in the process of setting up a community screening center, and need tools and supplies including glucometers, test strips and lancets, medical disposal cannisters, blood pressure gauges, and palm pilots.

To make a contribution or to receive further information on assisting the DRC in meeting our goals, please contact Dr. Michael Fisher by phone at (805) 687-0412 during regular business hours or e-mail at any time. You may also contact the Diabetes Resource Center directly at (805) 687-5586 or FAX (805) 563-4629.