What Makes Us Unique

  • We combine our charitable donations so we have a greater impact than what most of us can do alone.
  • We are a volunteer-led organization with administrative support from the Santa Barbara Foundation.
  • We strive to keep our expenses low so most of our funds can be directed to the grants pool.
  • We vote to decide where our collected funds will go and grant all the money we raise in a given year.
  • We do our own research
  • We visit our grantees to see our donations in action and follow up to ensure money is well spent.
  • We do not hold any fundraising events.
  • We request nothing of our members except to make an annual membership donation and vote.


You want to be part of the Women's Fund because it is...

  • Effective: You will improve the lives of thousands of local women, children and families with larger grants than most of us can afford individually.
  • Easy: All you need to do is join and vote for where the money goes—no ticket selling, no fundraising, no auctions.
  • Engaging: You will be among hundreds of committed women who vote on where collected funds are donated. 
  • Educational: You will learn about critical community needs and effective programs transforming innovative ideas into viable solutions.
  • Efficient: Your tax-deductible membership will be part an all-volunteer fund where annual expenses are kept to a bare minimun.