August 2016 SPOTLIGHT
Creative Intersections Between
Local Businesses  and Nonprofits
Sailing Away !
Left to Right; Evan T. Pickering (Seed Mackall) and his wife Meaghan, Lee Carlander (Impulse), Tom Harding (Seed Mackall).

From navigating out of a basement in 1996 to expanding offices around the country, Impulse Advanced Communications ( ) has always taken their role in supporting the community as a core business function.

President, Dave Clark came aboard the Business Giving Roundtable (BGR) Advisory Council as a Founding Member in 2010 to advance the region's corporate giving. Seven years later, Impulse now leads other local businesses with inspiration for corporate good. Today, Lee Carlander, Business Development Director, is manning the BGR sails, with Impulse commitments still at full steam--- While Impulse and their employees support many local causes, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) has become a central partner.

Carlander, son of legendary managed care champion Marilyn Carlander, grew-up witnessing the importance home health care provides our community. So when the opportunity came for Impulse to invest in local organizations, his heart and head demanded he carry the home care beacon and support the great work of VNHC.

This marks the 10th year Impulse has sponsored the annual, Charity Regatta  benefiting VNHC,  and the event has become a part of the Impulse culture.

Scheduled for September 10th, the Charity Regatta is a beautiful day filled with racing, boat rides, cuisine, and live music. Hosted by the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, this marks the 12th year of yachting fun for a great cause. We invite you to come aboard! For more information and tickets click here (

2015 Charity Regatta Co-Chairs: Sarah Berkus Gower and Robyn Parker, Commodore Joanne Gordon and VNHC President & CEO Lynda Tanner
Lee Carlander with his Mother Marilyn Carlander
Leaders in Business,  Leaders in Philanthropy
Our Mission  To build avenues for Santa Barbara County businesses to generate enduring community investment strategies. BGR enhances, inspires, and honors  the generosity of businesses that assist in fulfilling the needs of the nonprofit sector.

Advisory Council

Michelle Apodaca
Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Meichelle Arntz
Recipes Organic Bakery

Jan Campbell 
Santa Barbara Foundation

Lee Carlander
Impulse Advanced Communications

Julie Capritto
AGIA Affinity Services

Marybeth Carty
Venoco, Inc

Tina Frontado
InAlliance Financial Planning

Janet Garufis 
Montecito Bank & Trust

Van Haas

Judy Hawkins
Ruby Road Leadership

Susan Hersberger
Aera Energy, LLC

Linda LeBrock
Pacific Coast Business Times

Kirsten McLaughlin
Cox Communications

Jamie Perez 
Montecito Bank & Trust


CASA Magazine

Citrix Online

Montecito Bank & Trust

Pacific Western Bank

The Towbes Group

Village Properties


Aera Energy

AGIA Affinity Service

Cox Communications

Deckers Outdoor Corporation


Pacific Coast Business Time

Santa Barbara Foundation

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Venoco, Inc.



Bacara Resort and Spa

Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region

Dean Axelrod, Edward Jones 

Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce

Impulse Advanced Communications

InAlliance Financial Planning




Nonprofit Kinect


Recipes Organic Bakery

Ruby Road Leadership

Skyview Projects

Union Bank

Tony Vallejo, CPA