These generous partners and special contributors stimulated the Women's Fund success and growth over the decade.
In the early years the Santa Barbara Foundation provided free start-up and administrative support. Their advice and support over the past decade has been invaluable and they remain our partner as well as our fiscal home. In 2018 the Santa Barbara Foundation underwrote the legal costs to apply for tax-exempt nonprofit status.
Orfalea Foundation contributed close to $900,000 including three matching grants (2006, 2007, 2008) designed to support the collective giving concept, recognize the quality of the Women Fund's volunteer-driven research and attract more members.
Betty Elings Wells contributed more than $500,000 in two matching grants (2010 and 2012), successfully stimulating membership growth and increasing the amount of Women's Fund grants awarded to local nonprofit programs.
The Women’s Fund strives to keep expenses as low as possible so we can maximize the amount of money we grant to local nonprofit agencies. However, when we do have expenses, many Women’s Fund members and local companies help underwrite those expenses so we can keep a low expense-to-income ratio. Here are some of our generous underwriters and supporters in the past year:
Underwriters & Community Supporters
Linda Stafford Burrows
Peter de Tagyos
Sarah de Tagyos
Mary O. Wiemann
Barbara Hauter Woodward