Staff Report

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has presented a $40,000 donation to Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara, part of the proceeds from the 14thannual Chumash Charity Golf Classic that was held in August.

The tournament also raised funds for the American Cancer Society-West Region and the Search Dog Foundation and helped fund the Chumash tribe’s Technology in Schools Program, which is aimed at fulfilling high-tech needs in Santa Barbara County classrooms.

“We chose to designate funds for three organizations that are dedicated to serving community members during their most crucial time of need,” said Tribal Chairman Kenneth Kahn. “Domestic Violence Solutions not only helps those in crisis, it provides valuable community outreach with the goal of preventing future incidents and breaking the cycle of abuse. We hope these funds help Domestic Violence Solutions have a positive impact on more people in our community.”

 “The generous gift from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation comes at a crucial time for Domestic Violence Solutions,” said DVS Executive Director Jan Campbell. “During the holiday season, we serve many more women, children and families, and this additional funding allows us to procure the needed supplies and comfort items that make our clients feel safe and secure.”

Since its inaugural event in 2005, the tribe’s annual golf tournament has raised more than $1.3 million for local charities and nonprofits.Past beneficiaries include the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Dream Foundation, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County, Lompoc Family YMCA, Unity Shoppe, and local schools and museums, among others. 

To find out more about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and its giving programs, visit