Grants in Action: Educational Opportunities and New Insights

Doctors Without Walls

In the recent member survey, a majority of you said you’d like to learn more about the impact of Women’s Fund grants in our community. Grants in Action (GIA) events, being scheduled throughout the fall and winter of 2020 and 2021, are a great way to get more information.

Attending a GIA event, which includes both site visits and educational forums, helps you learn how the Women’s Fund grants impact the work of our grantees, expand your knowledge grantees’ work, and understand the critical issues affecting the lives of women, children and families. 

All events will be virtual this year, like our successful Celebration of Grants in May. After each event’s virtual ‘premiere,’ you will also be able to access recordings of the events on the website. That way, you can catch up at a time convenient for you, or make it an event with your group.

Site Visits

Site visits give you a close-up look at the work of a grantee. Since site visits will be virtual this year, there is no limit to the number of people who can participate.

Here’s the tentative schedule for this year:

Educational Forums

Educational forums present a more in-depth look at critical issues affecting our communities. We invite leading experts and our grantees to speak about social and economic challenges impacting women, children and families.

New this year: we’ll compile a reading list of articles by leaders in the field or a literature review of key scholars’ and practitioners’ works about the topics to add to our learning.

Here’s the tentative schedule and working titles for the forums:

  • November 2020 - Immigrants’ Stories; America’s Promise: this forum will focus on historic and current national immigration policies and practices and their impact on Santa Barbara families and communities. Julissa Peña and Maria Vega of the Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center will present TED-style talks and then take part in a moderated interview.
  • December 2020 - Aging in Place in Santa Barbara – Obstacles and Opportunities: this forum will focus on the critical issues for seniors who want to age in place with security and dignity. What policies, funding, best practices or model programs show the most promise? We’ll highlight the work of nationally renowned experts and Women’s Fund  grantees 2nd Story Associates and Easy Lift.
  • January 2021 - The Power of Prevention:  Supporting Positive Mental and Emotional Health in Youth: this forum will explore the power of holistic prevention programs to support and nurture the well-being of young people. We will learn from local educators and seasoned experts, including Sources of Strength, the social/emotional learning program that the Santa Barbara Education Foundation and the Santa Barbara School District are bringing to all three public high schools. 

For more information or if you would like to volunteer to help with Grants in Action events, please contact Linda Burrows at: .


Contributed by Linda Stafford Burrows