Santa Cruz Island Foundation

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Santa Cruz Island Foundation, est. 1985

Santa Cruz Island Foundation, a non-profit public benefit corporation established in 1985 by the late Carey Stanton to collect, maintain, and catalog items of real and personal property or interests regarding Santa Cruz Island and the other California Channel Islands, unique island environments off the coast of Southern California, and to display for public benefit items in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service or others as well as to promote research and publications dealing with historical aspects of the California Channel Islands.

In addition, the Santa Cruz Island Foundation organizes and sponsors public exhibits and events dealing with the California Channel Islands, and organizes and sponsors educational trips. The Foundation presents and sponsors public lectures and slide shows along with school presentations. The Foundation actively promotes public access to research materials, books, maps, art, artifacts, furniture, etc. related to the California Channel Islands and preserves and restores, for public benefit, structures on the California Channel Islands. The Santa Cruz Island Foundation, governed by seven to nine directors along with a fifty-member advisory council, is headquartered in Carpinteria, California.

* IRS Determination-Federal https://www.islapedia.com/images/2/2d/Tax_Docs_IRS.pdf

* California Determination https://www.islapedia.com/images/b/b0/Tax_Docs_CA.pdf


Santa Cruz Island Foundation permanent installations include:

  • Santa Cruz Island: installation of a small archaeology museum in Pete's house at the Main Ranch (1989)
  • Santa Cruz Island: restoration and seismic upgrading of the chapel for its centennial celebration (1991)
  • Santa Barbara Island: installation of a visitors' center with exhibits and large wall mural (1993)
  • Santa Cruz Island: restoration of Rancho del Norte (1996)
  • Santa Cruz Island: installation of a saddle museum in the horse barn (2004)
  • Santa Cruz Island: reconstruction of the Cantina Vieja (2006-2010)
  • Santa Cruz Island: installation of a Justinian Caire Museum in the Cantina Vieja (downstairs) (2011)
  • Santa Cruz Island: installation of a Stanton Family Museum in the Cantina Vieja museum (upstairs) (2013)
  • Santa Cruz Island: installation of a wine museum in the Lower Winery (in progress)


In addition, the Foundation published a series of Occasional Papers, ten to date, which deal with cultural aspects of California's Channel Islands.

Santa Cruz Island Foundation Board Members (1988-current)

  • Original SCIF Board ~ 1985:
* Carey Stanton (1923-1987) ~ President
* David Watts (retired) ~ Vice-President
* Marla Daily ~ Secretary/Treasurer
* Eric Hvolboll (b. 1956) ~ added after Carey Stanton died in 1987
  • Board expansion:
* Mary Elena “Polly” Goodan (1922-2005)
* Francis McComb (1913-2000)
* Phyllis Diebenkorn (1921-2015)
* Msgr. Francis J. Weber (b. 1933) (now retired)
* Joe Walsh (b. 1947)
* Jonathan Brown (b. 1950)
* Buz Bonsall (b. 1949)
* Justy Brock (b. 1976)
* Christopher Diebenkorn (b. 1947)
* Dennis Power (b. 1941)
* Brad Avery (b. 1953)