Generosity characterizes many of the families that live in Hope Ranch. "We know we're fortunate to live here," says Denise Lilly who has lived on Camino Medio for ten years. "And it feels natural to give back." Like many other women in the Ranch, Lilly supports a variety of local nonprofit organizations but she is especially drawn to the Women's Fund, an organization she joined three years ago. "There's a sense of sisterhood because women are coming together to fund important projects in our community. I take pride in being part of that."
The idea for the Women's Fund germinated in 2002 when several local women invited Jacqueline Caster, founder of the Everychild Foundation in Los Angeles, to speak at a Women in Philanthropy program sponsored by the Santa Barbara Foundation.