EIN 23-7082550

Ganna Walska Lotusland

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We preserve and enhance the unique, historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska, care for and improve its collections, and develop its conservation and horticulture programs.
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Program areas at Ganna Walska Lotusland

Garden operations and public tours: Ganna Walska Lotusland's plant collections include over 3,000 taxa, including species from mediterranean regions around the world, and many are rare, endangered and some extinct in the wild. Collections include cacti, succulents, cycads, palms, ferns, begonias and conifers. Our sustainable horticulture systems are based on fully balanced, ecological soil management practices, which replenish and maintain soil fertility by providing optimum conditions for soil biological activity. Our soil practices include green waste recycling through composting, mulching and applications of compost teas, insectaries to attract and support beneficial insect populations, organic pest and disease treatments as a last resort to control unacceptable outbreaks, and organic fertilizers. Lotusland has been and continues to be a pioneer among public gardens and outdoor recreational entities in practicing and refining these techniques. Lotusland operates with a county permit limit of 20,000 visitors per year. 15,000 visitors per year can visit the gardens along with 5,000 santa barbara county k-12 students (with an emphasis on title 1 schools). All of Lotusland's visitors, including members and those attending classes, lectures, and other programs, must make advance reservations. Most of these visitors tour the grounds with a trained volunteer docent.
Open pathways: Lotusland's open pathways program is a mission-driven outreach program that provides free admission and docent tours of our gardens to underserved individuals, including seniors, at-risk youth and to those with special needs. The program targets those who are unlikely to have access to critical cultural institutions, and is often implemented through collaboration with a myriad of local non-profit agencies who serve those in need to effectively target those populations and enhancing their experience at Lotusland.
Fourth grade outreach: the fourth grade outreach program reaches all schools in south santa barbara county and has been expanded into north santa barbara county, now serving over 40 schools and nearly 90 classrooms, of which half are title i schools. The fourth grade outreach program is a partnership with each school, provided at no cost to the schools, and integrates the state of California fourth-grade curriculum for life science for the greatest possible impact in improving the student's steam comprehension. Delivered in three components, the program includes teacher training in a specially devised fourth-grade interdisciplinary curriculum, thought-provoking presentations supported by hands-on materials in each classroom, and hands-on field study experience conducted at Lotusland. The program encourages crossover of the life science curriculum into other subject curricula, such as math, chemistry, creative writing, art, and language, to provide a more integrated learning experience.

Who funds Ganna Walska Lotusland

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Manitou FundJapanese Garden Renovation and Endowment Fund$1,500,000
Schwab Charitable FundEnvironmental and Animals$417,675
John C and Shelby C Bowen Charitable FoundationIn Furtherance of 501(c)(3) Exempt Purpose$250,000
...and 41 more grants received totalling $2,696,164

Personnel at Ganna Walska Lotusland

Rebecca AndersonInterim Executive Director$100,399
Diane FigueroaDirector of Finance$74,796
Bob CraigCommunications Director of Marketing and Communications
Bob Craigbcraig121Director of Marketing and Communications
Doug JenzenDirector of Member and Visitor Services
...and 18 more key personnel

Financials for Ganna Walska Lotusland

RevenuesFYE 12/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$6,692,280
Program services$567,250
Investment income and dividends$391,001
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$74,314
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$202,331
Net income from fundraising events$-174,821
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$83,477
Miscellaneous revenues$17,318
Total revenues$7,853,150

Form 990s for Ganna Walska Lotusland

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-03-02990View PDF
2018-122019-12-06990View PDF
2017-122019-02-21990View PDF
2016-122018-01-18990View PDF
2015-122017-02-23990View PDF
...and 4 more Form 990s
Data update history
August 4, 2022
Received grants
Identified 11 new grant, including a grant for $50,000 from The Lucky One Foundation
October 2, 2021
Received grants
Identified 17 new grant, including a grant for $101,044 from Santa Barbara Foundation
August 23, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
July 26, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 9 new personnel
April 28, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2018
Nonprofit Types
Horticultural organizationsMuseumsCharities
Conducts researchFundraising eventsEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
695 Ashley Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Metro area
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara County, CA
Website URL
(805) 969-3767
Facebook page
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
C41: Botanical Gardens, Arboreta, and Botanical Organizations
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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