Our Mission

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

The Women's Fund is committed to building a large community of educated, strategic givers who are inspired to make lasting change in our community through the impact of collective giving.

The Women's Fund remains committed to the simplicity of the original model: members pool their charitable donations, research critical community needs and then vote on which agencies will receive funds collected during the year.

Our Structure

The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara is an independent tax-exempt nonprofit organization that makes significant, well-researched, annual grants to local nonprofits from a pool of funds created by Women’s Fund member donations. The Women’s Fund is governed by an all-volunteer board that focuses on setting policy for the organization, overseeing that goals are met, and assuring the financial stability of the organization. In addition to their governance responsibilities, the board manages the day-to-day operations of the Women’s Fund with the help of selected contractors and many dedicated volunteers.

In 2002, after reading an article in the Los Angeles Times about the Everychild Foundation, Carol Palladini and Meredith Scott invited its founder Jacqueline Caster to speak at a Santa Barbara Foundation's Women in Philanthropy program.