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Carol Palladini, WF and Irene Macias, SB Library Director

The 17th Annual Wildlife Sanctuary Awards was held at the Biltmore on April 7, 2013. The event is sponsored by the SB Wildlife Care Network which rescues and rehabilitates both birds and mammals. The Women's Fund, CALM and the Garden Club were presented with awards by Irene Macias, the director of the SB Library.

"Each year the Wildlife Sanctuary Awards are presented to those whose generous donations of time, energy, and financial support have made a difference in our community, 'our sanctuary'. We are honored to celebrate those women, men, and institutions that have contributed so... Read More

Carol Palladini and Susan Deacon, Carla Whitacre, Carol Palladini, Tish Gainey, Sallie Coughlin

On October 13, 2012, the Women's Fund received the Santa Barbara Education Foundation's 2012 HOPE Award, given annually to honor those who are champions of public education in our community.

Pam Maines, WF; Michele Allyn, Friends of the SB Library; Irene Macias, SB Public Library Director

The Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library received $65,000 from the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara to expand the number of Early Literacy touch-screen computer stations available in the library system 19 to two. The new educational computers for young children will be installed in the Goleta, Eastside, Montecito, Carpinteria and Central libraries this year. 

The Early Literacy computers from AWE (Advanced Workstations in Education) have child-friendly menus, about 30 English and 30 Spanish learning games, touch-screens and colorful keyboards. Eleven Early Literacy stations will... Read More


Philanthropist Betty Elings Wells surprises the group with a $250,000 matching grant pledge for the next giving cycle.

The power of collective giving was out in full force Monday when more than 300 members of the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara gathered for the Eighth Annual Presentation of Funds Luncheon, doling out $520,000 to support the work of eight local nonprofits. The new grants bring the total contributions by the Women’s Fund to the community to $3.6 million.

2011 WF Site Visit

Seeing the impact of their gifts in action was a gift in itself for more than 100 Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara members who toured local nonprofit agencies last week. The visits were a way for Women’s Fund supporters to see how their most recent $565,000 in grants—for the 2010-2011 giving cycle—were addressing critical needs in the community.

Parm Williams, Superior Court Judge Frank Ochoa, Ellen Goodman, Allan Ghitteman, Sylvia Barnard

The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County presented its fourth annual "Heroes for Justice" awards on May 14, 2011 to a full house at the DoubleTree Hotel.

The Women's Fund of Santa Barbara was the non-profit selected to receive this prestigious award.

Heroes for Justice award ceremony

The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County presented its fourth annual "Heroes for Justice" awards on May 14, 2011 to a full house at the DoubleTree Hotel. The Women's Fund of Santa Barbara was the nonprofit selected to receive this prestigious award. Pictured with Parm Williams are: Superior Court Judge Frank Ochoa (honoree), Ellen Goodman (Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation), Allan Ghitterman (honoree) and Sylvia Barnard (Executive Director, Good Samaritan Shelter of Santa Maria - honoree).


Six organizations are selected to receive awards funded in part by a matching grant from philanthropist Betty Elings Wells.

“If there is a theme to this day — and to this past year — it is growth,” Steering Committee chairwoman Sarah de Tagyos said in welcoming more than 300 members of the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara to the Seventh Annual Presentation of Funds Luncheon on Monday. This year, the fund awarded $565,000 to support the work of six local nonprofit organizations: the Carpinteria Children’s Project at Main, the Channel Islands YMCA, the Children’s Project Academy... Read More

Women's Fund Members Honored

At the 2010 annual Mistletoe Ball, the Women's Fund of Santa Barbara was honored for its $85,000 grant to Catholic Charities of Santa Barbara for installation of solar panels on the agency's food pantry, lowering energy costs and thus increasing their Foodbank budget to feed low-income families.

Women's Fund Logo

During a time of economic uncertainty and lower trends in charitable giving, one longtime Santa Barbara philanthropist is leading the way and demonstrating her belief in the power of collective giving, through the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara.

Betty Elings Wells, a member of the Women’s Fund since 2005, has committed $250,000 in a 2-for-1 match for every dollar the Women’s Fund raises above $350,000 by December 1. As of May 1, Women... Read More