Blue Sky Center is a rural, place-based nonprofit organization with the mission to strengthen our rural communities within the Cuyama Valley by supporting entrepreneurs and building our regional creative and economic resources.
We envision resilient, thriving, and inclusive rural economies.
In 2012, the Zannon family determined that instead of continuing on their foundation’s work in perpetuity, they would spend the foundation down into a legacy impact investment. They understood private foundations traditionally do not fund capital improvements but saw a large need for nonprofits, social businesses, and academic institutions to share space, align, and collaborate towards finding local solutions to the most vexing and interconnected issues - such as climate change, chronic poverty, and economic stagnation. The Zannons also understood that across the United States, rural communities were being left behind and hollowed out and recognized that philanthropy together with social businesses must play an increasingly important role in building resilient rural communities. Today, Blue Sky Center has narrowed its focus and strategy but remains under development and is continually adapting and evolving to meet the needs of the local communities of the Cuyama Valley.
Meet our staff, board, and partners at Blue Sky Center. If you share our vision, learn how you can support us with your time, talents, or treasure.
View our annual reports, access our 990 filings, GuideStar profile, and IRS determination letter for 501(c)(3) status.
Blue Sky Center Promotes Community Equity in New Cuyama
Santa Barbara Foundation, February 21, 2019
40 of the World's Top Cabin Getaways
The Venue Report, Winter 2018
Placemaking in Cuyama Valley
Edible Santa Barbara, Winter 2018 (pg. 64-70)
805 Living, January - February 2018
Sky's the Limit
Santa Maria Sun, August 31, 2017
So Small Town
This is Range, September 24, 2017
5 Benefits of Making Art Outside
Hipcamp, April 3, 2017
Let's Make our Desert Town Blossom
Small Medium Large Productions
Kiss the Ground
Faces of the Rural Summit
Bread & Butter (805)