The Women's Fund of Santa Barbara is a Giving Circle 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 $8.6 million in grants since 2004.
  • Members have a voice in how to distribute funds.
  • We conduct our own rigorous research into community needs & the nonprofits that meet those needs.

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.

COVID 19 has made many of us reassess our priorities. The Women's Fund is no different.  
When Covid hit, our researchers set out on a Listening Tour around south Santa Barbara County. See what we discovered about where the greatest needs lie. 

  • Health Care 
  • Mental Health
  • Housing Assistance and Homelessness
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Education (K-12)
  • Family Support
  • Food & Nutrition

Learn more   

Women's Fund in the News

The Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) will be adding a mobile library branch — Library on the Go —and hitting the road this year, thanks to support from the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation.

With the mission of providing a range... Read More

In March, nearly 1,100 members of the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara will vote to distribute $750,000 to local nonprofits; awarding its largest annual grants pool since the organization began 17 years ago.

Every year, Women’s Fund members combine their charitable dollars into significant... Read More

We are excited to announce that next month our 2020 Women’s Fund members will vote to award the largest grants pool in our 17-year history – an amazing $750,000!

That’s three quarters of a million dollars from us—from you—to help local women, children and families as the... Read More

On the evening of January 28, more than 230 people attended the Women’s Fund's fourth virtual forum in its Grants in Action educational series. The forum focused on the topic of immigration and the work of the Santa Barbara County Immigrant... Read More