Santa Barbara Foundation Awards $750,000 to Local Nonprofits

Posted on Mar 15 by SEASONS Magazine

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, courtesy photo.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, courtesy photo.

The Board of Trustees of the Santa Barbara Foundation has granted $750,000 to six local nonprofit organizations through its Capital Excellence Awards. The recipients are the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, Carpinteria Arts Center and the Riviera Theatre Project of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. These awards have been made possible through an allocation of unrestricted donor bequests that the foundation received in 2016.

“These awards honor the legacies of our donors and show the trust they put in the foundation to continue to uphold pillars of our community,” says Ronald V. Gallo, President & CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. “The investments made in these capital campaigns will reach thousands of people in Santa Barbara County and truly reflect the very heart of what the foundation has done for close to 90 years and will continue to do for generations to come.”

This award allows the Santa Barbara Foundation to reach out and aid the nonprofit sector’s efforts to improve infrastructure and programming to meet growing demands from the Santa Barbara community. The Cancer Center Foundation received a $250,000 award that the group will put toward a $68 million project to build a new cancer center. The Carpinteria Arts Center received a $25,000 award toward a $3.1 million campaign to create a vibrant central arts campus in downtown Carpinteria through the purchase and renovation of the building next door to its original Arts Center. The Riviera Theatre Project of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival received a $5 million award to renovate the Riviera Theatre with new furnishings, fixtures and equipment upgrades to serve the cutting-edge multipurpose education center and headquarters for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission received a $125,000 pledge in support of their $17 million campaign that will provide funding for new buildings and capacity to address homelessness in southern Santa Barbara County. The Wildling Museum of Art & Nature received a $75,000 award that will help to complete a $2.6 million campaign allowing the museum to purchase their building in Solvang and secure a permanent position in the community. Finally, the Santa Barbra Museum of Natural History received a grant of $250,000 in support of a $30 million Centennial Campaign to renovate and revitalize the 17-acre space in order to meet the needs of science and nature education.

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—Lauren Bennett



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