5 local nonprofits get Barker Foundation grants

5 local nonprofits get Barker Foundation grants

Staff report

Five local nonprofit groups have received some $70,000 in grants from the Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation.

The recipients are the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History; United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County; Alzheimer’s Association, Santa Barbara chapter; Montecito Village Fourth of July Celebration; and Young America’s Foundation, Reagan Ranch.

Foundation Trustee Dana Newquist presented checks to representatives of the five charities at a ceremony in the courtyard of the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum.

The Rancho-Mirage based Barker Foundation gives funds primarily for educational, cultural, health care and social services.

The Barkers established their foundation in 1977 in Eugene, Ore., which was their permanent home. After Don Barker’s passing in 1980, Coeta Barker bought a second home in Rancho Mirage.

Since Mrs. Barker’s death, the foundation trustees, including Newquist, of Montecito, have carried on the charitable work the Barkers started.

“The museum is very grateful to the Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation for their financial support of our outstanding Quasars to Sea Stars program for high school students,” said Luke Swetland, Natural History Museum president and CEO.

“This program plunges local teens into a rigorous educational and service experience at the museum and Sea Center for students that are passionate about nature, science, exploration, and community,” he said.

For more information, contact the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 682-4711, ext. 117, or visit www.sbnature.org.