Hutton Parker Foundation

OVERVIEW: This private family funder is exclusive to Santa Barbara County, California, and is a big supporter of nonprofit longevity and sustainability. Funding interests are arts and culture, education, health and human services, children, youth and families, and civic and community

FUNDING AREAS: Nonprofit longevity and sustainability, arts and culture, education, health and human services, children, youth and families, civic and community

IP TAKE: Here’s a great funder to know in Santa Barbara County if your nonprofit needs some capacity-building help.

PROFILE: The Hutton Parker Foundation (HPF) is based in Santa Barbara, California, and supports community-based nonprofits in Santa Barbara County. The foundation is the legacy of Harold and Betty Hutton, entrepreneurs and business partners who started a refining operation in Long Beach and made their fortune in oil and natural gas. After Harold’s death, Betty asked Tom Parker to help manage Hutton Companies and launch the foundation. Today, this is one of the largest private family funders in Santa Barbara County.

There are a few funding opportunities available at HPF, including general operating support to improve organizational capacity, capital grants, media/marketing grants, and endowment grants. Each year, HPF makes around $4 million in grants, donations, and rent to nonprofits in the area. Funding interests are arts and culture, education, health and human services, children, youth and families, and civic and community. Grants are limited to groups headquartered in Santa Barbara County.

In the past, this funder has implemented a quick response crisis grant program to provide core support following natural disasters. Their core grant program was suspended to make way for urgent needs on a temporary basis. Core grants are typically made for less than 10 percent of a nonprofit's annual operating budget or not more than $50,000. Media and marketing grants are smaller, providing opportunities for timely community outreach. At the time this profile was written, the HPF capital grant program was inactive, but check the funder’s website for updated information. Four endowment grants of $25,000 are typically awarded per year and must be matched 3:1 within 24 months of the foundation commitment.

HPF makes program-related investments for one to seven years and considers requests between $50,000 and $500,000. The funder has also been providing office space at below-market rent to over 90 nonprofits since 2001. It does this by acquiring and developing commercial real estate properties. A list of annual distributions is here. Foundation annual reports can be viewed here.

Thomas C. Parker is the president of the foundation and has been the president of Hutton Companies since 1984. His book, The $100 Million Dollar Secret, is all about shifting investments away from Wall Street and into local real estate.

General questions can be directed to info@huttonfoundation.org or (805) 957-4740. The address is 26 West Anapamu Street, 4th Floor, Santa Barbara, California 93101.

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