Staff Report

The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation, at its October quarterly meeting, awarded a major grant of $100,000 over five years to the Solvang Senior Center’s capital campaign for a new facility. 

“Donations to the Valley Foundation have a multiplier effect in our community,” said Santa Ynez Valley Foundation board chair Debbie Jones. “We steward those generous gifts by identifying the most critical needs in our community and combining funds from our donors to make an impact where it does the most good.” 

“We are so thrilled and excited to have SYV Foundation as a partner in this exciting adventure,” said Ellen Albertoni, executive director of the Solvang Senior Center. “The foundation has been such a faithful caretaker of our valley’s nonprofits. We are proud to call them partners.” 

The $100,000 contribution to the Senior Center will be added to the $1.3 million already committed toward the $3 million needed to design and construct a new facility to serve area seniors. The new 4,800-square-foot building will include flexible meeting and activity rooms, commercial kitchen, a computer lab, and administrative offices. 

During the meeting, the foundation board also made grants to Food Bank of Santa Barbara County, Happy Endings Animal Sanctuary, Old Mission Sana Ines holiday basket program, SYV Botanic Garden, SYV Children’s Museum, SYV Chorale and VNA Health Foundation. 

The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation improves the lives of people in the Santa Ynez and Los Alamos valleys by investing in programs that feed the poor, promote health, nurture seniors, challenge our youth and inspire the community to make a difference. 

To support the community with a tax-deductible contribution to the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation, or to create a donor-advised fund, contact Executive Director Anne Christensen at 805-688-2991.