Women's Fund Holds Celebration of Grants

1000-member Organization Gives $585,000 to Area Non Profits

On May 1, more than 450 members and guests of the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara gathered at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort for their 15th annual Celebration of Grants, where $585,000 was awarded to nine area nonprofits.

A volunteer-led, collective donor group with nearly 1,000 members, the Women’s Fund combines its members’ donations into large grants focused on the needs of women, children and families in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria. The organization holds no fundraisers – all funds come from member contributions. Over the course of nearly a year, its Research Committee conducts in-depth research, goes on site visits, decides on the finalists, and submits the list of finalists to the general membership for a vote.

Gail Arnold for Santa Barbara Independent