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Our Mission

The Women's Fund of Santa Barbara is a volunteer-led collective donor organization that enables women to combine our charitable dollars into significant grants addressing the critical needs of women, children and families in south Santa Barbara County.

The Women’s Fund educates and inspires women to engage in making lasting change in our community.

Our Structure

The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara is an independent tax-exempt nonprofit organization that makes significant, well-researched, grants to local nonprofits from a pool of funds created each year by Women’s Fund member donations. 

The Women’s Fund is governed by an all-volunteer board who focus on setting policy, overseeing that goals are met and assuring the financial stability of the organization. In addition to their governance responsibilities, the board oversees the Operations Management Team (OMT) which manages the day-to-day operations of the Women's Fund with the help of selected contractors and many dedicated volunteers. 



Creates Women's Fund messages, monthly e-newsletter, print materials (including annual report); manages website content, media relations and posts to social media

Plans, coordinates and manages all aspects of three annual educational events: Ballot Review Meeting (spring), Celebration of Grants (spring) and Grants in Action forums and site visits (fall).

The committee monitors the investment performance of the Women's Fund Agency Endowment.

Oversees all financial operations of the organization

Committee oversees policies, bylaws and is responsible for the nomination and selection of board members and officers.

Provides technological support and manages: website, database, telephone, electronic mailings distribution, RSVP and survey process

Coordinates contacts and relationships with new and renewing members; manages four annual membership events; manages membership records

Committee members include the board chair and the chairs and co-chairs of the following committees: Communications, Educational Events, Finance, Information Technology, Membership, Research and Volunteer Engagement.

Conducts in-depth research on local agencies, prepares ballot and background information for member voting

Provides succession planning for leadership and supports member interests in volunteering within the organization