Frequently Asked Questions


What is the official purpose of the Art Foundation?

The Art Foundation of Santa Barbara is a tax exempt non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) whose purpose is to educate of the public on the heritage of art created and produced primarily in Santa Barbara County and along the central and southern coasts of California. To encourage the efforts of contemporary artists to enlarge upon that heritage, and to broaden the public’s awareness of and access to such works of art, the Art Foundation intends to develop a significant collection of such works of art and then exhibit its collection. The Art Foundation also intends to organize and offer tours of its collection to educational institutions, various public groups, and other civic organizations.

How does the foundation relate to the Santa Barbara Club?

The art foundation is a separate 501(c)(3),  Its mission is to build awareness and educate the public about regional and contemporary art and artists in Santa Barbara and surrounding areas. It is related to the Santa Barbara Club because of its special focus on the art collection at the Santa Barbara Club which is also located in an historically significant building.

Who are the Current Trustees?

Keith Mautino Moore – President
Frank McGinity – Vice President
Katherine Murray-Morse – Secretary
Robert Dibley – Treasurer
John Doordan – Historian
Jon Duprau –Past President
Wes St. Clair – Trustee
John Brinker – Club President
Nancy Schlosser - Honorary Trustee

Advisory Board
Alberta Binns, Sherri Mobley, Fran Morrow, Peggy Odgers, Kristan O’Donnell, and Diane Waterhouse

What do the donations help fund?

Sponsor events that will help to educate the public about local and regional art and bring awareness to local artists and their art. To help purchase art from regional and contemporary artists to build and refine the art collection at the Santa Barbara Club.

 How can I contribute?

  • From current funds - cash, check or credit card.

Contact the The Art Foundation regarding the following options:

  • From available funds (cash or current assets), including appreciated stock

  • A qualified charitable distribution from an IRA owned by an individual who is age 70½ or over, including required minimum distribution (RMD), paid directly from the IRA to a qualified charity. Certain limits apply. (Please consult your tax advisor.)

  • Estate bequest from your will or trust or beneficiary designation from life insurance.