Our Mission

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

The Women’s Fund educates and inspires women to engage in making lasting change in our community.

Our Structure

The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara is an independent tax-exempt nonprofit organization that makes significant, well-researched, grants to local nonprofits from a pool of funds created each year by Women’s Fund member donations. 

The Women’s Fund is governed by an all-volunteer board who focus on setting policy, overseeing that goals are met and assuring the financial stability of the organization.  In addition to their governance responsibilities, the board oversees the volunteer management team that runs the day-to-day operations, with the help of selected contractors and many dedicated volunteers.


The Operations Management Team is comprised of the chairs of the following committees:

Creates Women's Fund messages, monthly e-newsletter, print materials (including annual report); manages website content, media relations and posts to social media
Oversees all financial operations of the organization
Provides technological support and manages: website, database, telephone, electronic mailings distribution, RSVP and survey process
Plans, coordinates and manages all aspects of three annual educational events: Ballot Review Meeting (spring), Celebration of Grants (spring) and Grants in Action forums and site visits (fall).
Coordinates contacts and relationships with new and renewing members; manages four annual membership events; manages membership records
Analyzes past grants and monitors current grantees; monitors success of community building activities
Conducts in-depth research on local agencies, prepares ballot and background information for member voting
Provides succession planning for leadership and supports member interests in volunteering within the organization