Our Supporters

While Women’s Fund membership donations make up our annual grants pool, many others provide resources to help fund or offset the costs of our Women’s Fund education programs and operations. We are so grateful for these Women’s Fund members, community supporters and business sponsors who enable us to maximize the grants we make each year in our local community.  


Business Sponsors


---------------- Changing Lives Sponsors ----------------




------------- Empowering Women Sponsors -------------



------------ Making a Difference Sponsors ------------




Community Supporters

County of Santa Barbara
Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara
First Republic Bank
Garden Court on De La Vina
Hutton Parker Foundation
Home Instead Senior Care
LMR Consulting
McFarlane Faletti & Co., Travis Wilson
Natalie Orfalea Foundation
Santa Barbara Foundation
SPR Images


Member Underwriters

Fran Adams
MJ Baumgartner
Nan Bedford
Linda Stafford Burrows
Sarah de Tagyos
Ginni Dreier
Kate Edwardson
Stina Hans
Nancy Harter
Jackie Inskeep
Lynn Karlson
Ann Lippincott
Carole MacElhenny
Ashley Parker Snider
Maryan Schall
Laurie Tumbler
Mary Wiemann
Barbara Hauter Woodward


Endowment Contributors

Linda Armstrong
Mary Garton
Connie Kennelly
Susan Robeck
Irene Stone
Laurie Tumbler, In memory of Estelle Meadoff, In honor of Mary Garton
Catherine Umoff, In memory of Tamara Perlman
Linda van buren, In honor of Aila Bea Borgeson
Women's Fund of Santa Barbara, In honor of founder, Carol Palladini, on our 15th Anniversary
Women's Fund Leaders, In honor of Susan Robeck
Robert Yamin, In memory of Fritzie Yamin
Phil Yang, In memory of Alice Tien-Yin Yong


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 annual fees for the Santa Barbara Foundation's administrative support but also received grants from the Foundation for specific projects like the website 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 independence.

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.