Our Mission

The Women's Fund of Santa Barbara is a volunteer-led collective donor organization that enables women to combine our charitable dollars into significant grants addressing the critical needs of women, children and families in south Santa Barbara County.

The Women’s Fund educates and inspires women to engage in making lasting change in our community.

Our Structure

The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara is an independent tax-exempt nonprofit organization that makes significant, well-researched, grants to local nonprofits from a pool of funds created each year by Women’s Fund member donations. 

2002  An Idea Takes Hold 
It all started with a news article about a new kind of fundraising. Co-founders Carol Palladini and Meredith Scott were intrigued by the concept of collective giving – a way for women to give more impactful amounts of money to local charities by pooling their charitable donations.