Our Supporters

These generous partners and special contributors stimulated the Women's Fund success and growth since 2004.


In our early years, the Santa Barbara Foundation provided free start-up and administrative support to our new organization. In later years, the Women's Fund paid anual fees for the Santa Barbara Foundation's administratiave support but also received grants from the Foundation for specific projects like the webiste development and legal costs when we applied for our tax-exempt nonprofit status. While the Santa Barbara Foundation is no longer the Women's Fund's fiscal home, they remain a valued colleague and community partner. We will always be grateful to the Santa Barbara Foundation for their confidence and support as the Women's Fund grew from infancy to indepandence.

In 2006, the Orfalea Foundation approached the two-year-old Women's Fund of Santa Barbara with an exciting offer. Because they liked the collective giving concept and the quality of the Fund's volunteer-driven research, and to help attract more members, Orfalea offered to match Women's Fund member donations. For three years, the Orfalea Foundation helped double our growth by donating more than $900,000 to the Women's Fund.

In 2010, Women's Fund member and local philanthropist Betty Elings Wells surprised us with a $250,000 matching grant to stimulate increased giving and enlarge the pool of funds available to award to local nonprofit agencies. In 2012, Betty announced a second $250,000 matching grant, bringing her total to more than $500,000 over four years. 


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

Fran Adams

MJ Baumgartner

Nan Bedford

Linda Stafford Burrows

Sallie Coughlin

Peter de Tagyos

Sarah de Tagyos

Jamie Dufek

Maureen Ellenberger

Roz Fendon

First Republic Bank

Garden Court on De La Vina

Mary Garton

Stina Hans

Nancy Harter

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Home Instead Senior Care

Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

Christy Kelso

LMR Consulting

Lynn Karlson

Carole MacElhenny

Nicole Noren

Kendall Pata

Christine Riesenfeld

Susan Robeck

Sandy Schoolfield

SPARK Creative Events

SPR Images

Irene Stone

Laurie Tumbler

Kathy Wenger

Mary O. Wiemann

Barbara Hauter Woodward


Corporate Sponsors

Allen Construction

Bryant & Sons, Ltd.

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Lama Dog Tap Room + Bottle Shop

Mission Wealth

Newport Brass