PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, November 21, 2016

The Santa Barbara Foundation’s Lynette Muscio is “Fundraiser of the Year”

NOVEMBER 17, 2016 - The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter named Lynnette Muscio, Director of Development for the Santa Barbara Foundation, “Fundraiser of the Year” at its 2016 National Philanthropy Day on Thursday, November 17.

“Through her skills in planned giving and her efforts to connect donors with causes they care about, Lynette exemplifies what it means to be a great fundraiser and advocate for philanthropy,” said Ron Gallo, President and CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. “We congratulate Lynette on this well-deserved recognition and are proud to have her as part of our team.”

Muscio began her development career at the Marian Medical Center Foundation as the annual giving coordinator and was promoted to executive director in 2007. In 2011, Muscio came to the Santa Barbara Foundation as the director of development and since then has played a key role in expanding and refining advancement efforts in northern Santa Barbara County. Her leadership in opening donor advised funds, establishing agency endowment programs, organizing events like Celebrate Philanthropy and deepening and expanding relationships with donors has made her an integral part of the philanthropic community as a whole.

Lynette represents the very best of donor-centered, ethical fundraising,” said Rebecca Merrell, Executive Vice President & Regional Director for Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc. in nominating Muscio for the award. “She always wants what’s best for the donor, she lifts up philanthropy and is a great standard bearer for the field.”

National Philanthropy Day recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy, and those who make philanthropy possible, have on society. This year, the AFP Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter celebrates its 30th Anniversary honoring groups and individuals like Muscio who have enhanced philanthropy and ethical fundraising in their communities through hard work, dedication and professionalism. Other award winners of the 2016 National Philanthropy Day include:

Philanthropist of the Year”
Sharon and David Bradford
Keets and Hugh Cassar

“Volunteer of the Year”
Carol Kallman
Tina and Andy Killion

“Youth in Philanthropy”
Paloma Angel
Interface Children & Family Services’ Youth Advisory

About the Santa Barbara Foundation
The Santa Barbara Foundation was established in 1928 to enrich the lives of the people of Santa Barbara County through philanthropy. As the largest community foundation in the county and a major source of funding for local nonprofits, the foundation is committed to building philanthropy, strengthening the nonprofit sector and solving community problems.


Tara Schoenborn
Communications Officer
Santa Barbara Foundation
(805) 963-1873

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