Support Ilan-Lael Foundation

Building Fund Update

Our 2012 Campaign!


Ilan-Lael Capital Building Campaign Archive Education Complex

The Archive/Education Complex will be constructed by James Hubbell and will add space for the Foundation’s public outreach.

Ilan-Lael has kicked off a major capital campaign to raise $600,000 toward the construction of an Archive/Education building, a caretaker’s cottage, and a solar installation that will complete the final build out of the Ilan-Lael site.

One important reasons to get a quick start on the Archive/Education building is that it will provide Jim with much needed storage space for new works of art. Current storage is at capacity, and the size and nature of new art is limited by what Jim can store. Give Jim the gift of possibility!   Click on the “Donate” link below and be sure to note “Capital Building Campaign” on your donation form.

Every gift whether $10 or tens of thousands of dollars matters!

Thank You Sempra Energy Foundation!

Sempra Energy Foundation has granted Ilan-Lael Foundation $35,000 for the construction of a solar installation at Ilan-Lael! The solar installation which is part of our building fund project will begin construction in early 2010 and should be fully operational in time for our annual Open House! Stay tuned for more details!

James and Anne Hubbell Endowment Campaign

The James and Anne Hubbell Endowment Campaign was initiated in the fall of 2006 to raise $5 million dollars to ensure the long-term viability of the Ilan-Lael Foundation by providing resources for staff, building and maintenance, and programs.
Presently, the Endowment has raised almost $400,000 during its first two years, solely on donations from friends.


Since 1958 when James and Anne Hubbell first purchased their land in Santa Ysabel, the work of this world-renowned, award-winning artist has grown exponentially. From the initial focus on local projects to the international programs of today, James Hubbell’s reach has far exceeded cultural and temporal barriers.

James Hubbell comes to his art through a deep respect for nature. It combines a reverence for the environment with art and beauty in a way that is reminiscent of Spain’s Antonio Gaudi, or architect Frank Lloyd Wright, or environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. He uses nature’s materials, forms, and colors in the design and construction of buildings and sculptures. His work is so well loved, he’s considered on of San Diego’s living treasures.


James Hubbell has spent a lifetime understanding humanity through art and nature, and uses his experience to help others connect to their own humanity. Whether a school, a public space, a private residence or a piece of sculpture, Hubbell’s work invites nature inside, and in so doing, invites the unexpected. In a world where creativity and imagination is easily stifled, his work opens up new ways of seeing.


In recognition that his work resonates deeply among people of all ages and life circumstances, the Hubbell’s have turned their property into a non-profit art education center. The Endowment Fund will allow the Ilan-Lael Foundation to properly staff and manage its operations. In future, the Center will become a community space, a meeting place, an artist’s workshop, and a quiet place for people to be inspired by art, nature and beauty, and how these connect to our lives and our actions in the broader world.