“Whenever anyone asks me why I give back my answer is always the same, I believe in giving more than you take, it is an honor to be able to give back to the Santa Barbara community which has, and continues to give me so much. I feel giving back is my duty.”
Jordan benShea, Owner/Strategist, SkyView Projects
In June, 2015, Jordan benShea was honored to win the California Cox Conserves hero award:
“Cox and The Trust for Public Land today announced Jordan benShea as California’s 2015 Cox Conserves Hero. Community Environmental Council, benShea’s nonprofit beneficiary, received $10,000. BenShea has been instrumental in growing public awareness about the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens and is committed to the urban farm model. She also serves on the boards of the Community Environmental Council and Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association. She volunteers as a spokesperson for the organizations at community events to share her eco-experiences and encourage others to live a sustainable life.”
Full press release can be read here.
Jordan benShea is honored to be the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Community Environmental Council (CEC), and donates ongoing assistance in marketing and branding strategy to help the Santa Barbara region solve global environmental problems with local solutions. Jordan serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee, and on the Solar Task Force, Green Gala Committee, Development Committee, Executive Committee, Solarize Marketing Committee, Earth Day Marketing Committee, and the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan Working Group. Learn more about the CEC through their website, Facebook, or Twitter.
As an avid believer in local farming, Jordan benShea serves on the Fairview Gardens Board of Directors, as well as the Development Committee, in assisting with ongoing marketing and brand initiatives, and social media strategy to help the organic farm and educational center with their community outreach. Learn more about Fairview Gardens on their website and Facebook page.
Many people are surprised to hear the drastic need for those without food in Santa Barbara County. Jordan benShea plays an active in the Empty Bowls Santa Barbara annual event raising money for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Over the last eighteen years the event has raised over $8 million in food. Learn more about Empty Bowls Santa Barbara on their website or Facebook page.
Started by Jordan benShea in 2011, Sustainable Socially is a blog dedicated to how sustainable ideas + brands + industries utilize social media in an effort to help people to see the positive impact of sustainable practices. Learn more about Sustainable Socially through the website.
Having recently been asked to speak on their panel about integrating technology into nonprofit board development, Jordan is a proud member of the Business Giving Roundtable. The Business Giving Roundtable is a growing forum for local business leaders in partnership with the Santa Barbara Foundation, regularly convening panels and events to share strategic approaches to business giving, corporate social responsibility and employee volunteerism. Membership includes investment in an emerging community fund and building resources for developing next generation business leaders. Learn more about the Business Giving Roundtable on their website.
Jordan served as a Coach for Fast Pitch SB, a communications training program which Bill Gates has dubbed “a clever way to connect nonprofits and social entrepreneurs with potential funders.” SVP’s Fast Pitch SB connects nonprofit leaders with business, philanthropic, and nonprofit executives who want to help them amplify their impact.
Through the two-month program, nonprofit participants hone their ideas and messages through peer coaching and mentoring sessions, all while building relationships and networking with potential funders, board members and supporters. Jordan coached Director of Operations, Tyler Speier from the Isla Vista Youth Projects, who won the Audience Award for Fast Pitch 2015.
As an active member of the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara, Jordan benShea is part of an all-volunteer collective donor group that enables women to combine charitable dollars and provides significant grants focused on the critical needs of women, children and families in south Santa Barbara County. The Women’s Fund is committed to building a large community of educated, strategic givers who are inspired to make lasting change in our community through the impact of collective giving. Learn more about the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara on their website or Facebook page.
With her background and degree in communications, Jordan benShea is a proud member of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC-SB), the premier organization for communication professionals in the Santa Barbara region. The AWC-SB provides access to role models and leaders in the communication fields as well as access to scholarships, current trends and related research and technologies for it’s members. AWC-SB inspires members to assume leadership roles and /or work collaboratively with others in shaping a better future for themselves and their communities. Learn more about AWC-SB from their website, Facebook group, or Twitter feed.
Through her commitment for effective board governance, Jordan benShea is a proud member of BoardSource, an organization dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. With more than 25 years of hands-on experience working with nonprofit boards, BoardSource has become the go-to resource for nonprofit organizations looking to strengthen the effectiveness and impact of their leadership at the highest level — the board of directors. You can learn more about BoardSource through their website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed.
As a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Jordan benShea is a proud member of the Cal Alumni Association. Founded by the original graduates of the University of California in 1872, the Cal Alumni Association today represents nearly half a million alumni living throughout the world. With a mission of advancing and promoting the interests of the University, CAA is committed to providing essential programs and services designed to keep alumni of all ages and interests connected to the University and to each other. You can learn more about Cal Alumni Association through their website, Facebook page, Instagram feed, or Twitter feed.