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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Originally published 1:15 p.m., March 4, 2014 Updated 1:15 p.m., March 4, 2014

New Partnership between the Santa Barbara Foundation and The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation to Expand Support for Santa Ynez Valley Agencies

The Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation are pleased to announce a three-year partnership to expand grantmaking and focused resources for nonprofit organizations working in the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos.


The Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation are pleased to announce a three-year partnership to expand grantmaking and focused resources for nonprofit organizations working in the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos. This collaboration between the two community foundations will serve as a catalyst for even greater community impact.

“Through this collaborative partnership with the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation, we are illustrating the exciting and powerful role philanthropy can play, when strategically applied, in bringing about a future for Santa Barbara County that is sustainable, vibrant, and full of opportunities,” said Ron Gallo, president & CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation.

Building on a 23-year history of expertise about Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos communities and provision of critical funding for nonprofit services, the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and its Board of Directors will now increase their philanthropic efforts with a Santa Barbara Foundation grant of $100,000 a year for three-years to augment grantmaking. From the yearly grant, $50,000 will be used to implement the Santa Barbara Foundation Express Grant program throughout the valley, while the remaining $50,000 will supplement regular grants made by the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation.

“By partnering with the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation will be able to better support the philanthropic needs of the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos,” said Priscilla Higgins, board president of the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation. “Working together we can accomplish so much more and we are delighted to have this opportunity.”

Santa Barbara Foundation Express Grants are awards with a short review period used to advance excellence in the social/nonprofit sector by improving organizational efficiencies and effectiveness; are linked to foundation initiatives or developing areas of interests; and can support non-deferred maintenance or emergency events. Organizations may apply for up to $10,000 in support. These funds may also be used to encourage new or innovative projects, joint/collaborative efforts, or projects that include other grant awards with a match requirement.

Organizations throughout Santa Barbara County wishing to apply for an Express Grant can submit an application any time throughout the calendar year through November 3, 2014. The applications can be found online at each of the foundation’s websites. Organizations from Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos should submit Express Grant applications directly to the Santa Ynez Vally Foundation. More information can be found at thevalleyfoundation.org or by calling (805) 688-2991. Organizations from all other areas of the county should submit Express Grant applications directly to the Santa Barbara Foundation. More information can be found at sbfoundation.org.

About the Santa Barbara Foundation

The Santa Barbara Foundation is a community foundation established in 1928 to enrich the lives of the people of Santa Barbara County through philanthropy. As one of the largest private sources of funding for area nonprofits, agencies, and college bound students, the foundation builds and facilitates philanthropy through donor partnerships; invests in nonprofits; and identifies and strategically addresses important community needs. Guided by compassion for the most vulnerable and those most in need of help, excellence in what it supports and with whom it partners, and integrity with a focus on stewardship and transparency, the Santa Barbara Foundation is invested in a more vibrant, engaged, and meaningfully connected Santa Barbara County…for all.

About the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation

Founded in 1991 by Stuart C. Gildred, the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation is a community foundation intended as a safety net organization to support the underserved in the community. It has grown through the years to become an integral part of the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos. The mission of the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation is to improve the lives of people in the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos by investing in programs that feed the poor, promote health, nurture seniors, challenge youth, and inspire the community to make a difference. With the help of caring supporters, the foundation also builds on the endowment to enhance the quality of life now and for the future.

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