The Women's Fund of Santa Barbara is a collective donor group that enables women to combine their charitable dollars into significant grants. We focus on the critical needs of women, children and families in south Santa Barbara County. We hope you'll join us! 

  • We've distributed nearly $8 million in grants since 2004.
  • Members have a voice in how to distribute funds.
  • We conduct our own rigorous research into groups we support.

We welcome all women who may join as individual members or as part of a group. All donations are tax-deductible, to the full extent of the law.

Check Out the Grantee Bulletin Board – A New Way to Help

The Bulletin Board  is a way to donate much needed items to our past and current grantees during this very difficult time. These items may come from your closet, your backyard garden, or your local store. During this very unusual Thanksgiving holiday we give special thanks for your generosity! 

Women's Fund in the News

“March 9th is the day our organization changed forever,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. He was describing the challenges in moving communities from hunger to nutritional self-sufficiency during a global pandemic.

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The Educational Events committee has brought cameras into the field to bring the work of Women’s Fund grantees into your living room. Here are recaps of recent Grants in Action events (with the videos in case you missed the premieres), plus a preview of more to come.

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There’s a saying that goes, “By the time a woman realizes her mother was right, she has a daughter who thinks she’s wrong.” It aptly describes the complex relationships between mothers and daughter – but it doesn’t necessarily capture the mother/daughter teams in the Women’s Fund of Santa... Read More

A trip to the dentist is generally not anyone’s favorite activity; however, imagine what it would be like if you were a person who used a wheelchair. Transferring to a dental chair is extremely difficult; sometimes even impossible. It is also physically challenging for a dentist to attempt to... Read More