Our Supporters

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 2016 the Santa Barbara Foundation generously underwrote the maintenance of our website and database and additionally made a donation to our Endowment Fund.


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:


Fran Adams

Nan Bedford

Julie Capritto

Karen Carey

Sallie Coughlin

Stina Hans

Nancy Harter

Shelley Hurst

Carole MacElhenny

Ashley Parker-Snider

Christine Riesenfeld

Susan Robeck

Kathy Wenger

Marianne Wetzel

Barbara Hauter Woodward


Community Supporters

All Points North Consulting

Allen Associates

Bryant & Sons, Ltd.

C'est Cheese

Peter de Tagyos

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

First Republic Bank

Home Instead Senior Care

Mission Wealth

Santa Barbara Arts and Culture Center

Signature Parking

Santa Barbara Women's Imaging Center

SPR Images