The Women's Fund of Santa Barbara has awarded 111 grants totaling $7,895,000 to local nonprofit agencies since 2004. These agencies are improving the lives of local women, children and families along the south coast of Santa Barbara County.
The Women's Fund combines women's donations, researches critical community needs and presents a list of candidates from which members select grant recipeints for the collected pool of funds. An all-volunteer leadership team, sponsors and generous members and volunteers enable the Women’s Fund to carefully manage expenses to maximize the size of the annual grants pool.
The Women's Fund strives to increase the impact of our giving by awarding larger gifts whenever possible. Nearly half of foundation grants made in California are $10,000 or less. ALL the Women's Fund grants have been over $20,000 and more than 50% have been $65,000 or more.
The Women's Fund has a unique process that it is member informed. The Research Committee spends countless hours identifying agencies or programs that align with member priorities, meeting with those entities and working on details. This is a thorough, tough, savvy group... No stone is left unturned—financial, program, agency. Even if not funded, each entity is stronger for having gone through the process, receiving new information and practices that improve fiscal and program integrity.
The Research Committee is somehow able to perform their objective due diligence AND support the agency simultaneously! That's what women do.
-LuAnn Miller, former Executive Director, Isla Vista Youth Projects, a multi-year Grant Recipient