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  • Women's Fund of Santa Barbara 2022 Grantees

    Record-Breaking $900,000 in Grants Awarded to Local Nonprofits

    A whopping $900,000 was awarded on May 4, 2022 to 11 local nonprofit agencies reflecting the largest annual pool of contributions in the 18-year history of the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara. This year’s amount brings the total funds awarded in grants to more than $9.5 million since 2004 when Women’s Fund members first began combining their charitable dollars into significant grants.

    Grants were presented at a crowded Annual Celebration of Grants event held at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. The event marked the end of the 2021-2022 Women’s Fund grant cycle and honored its…

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    Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara Announces Record-Breaking $900,000 Grants Pool

    The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara, a philanthropic giving circle, announced today its 2022 grants pool has reached $900,000, thanks to a record-breaking level of donations from its members. This is a $150,000 increase from the $750,000 awarded in 2021.

    These funds will be used to award grants to local nonprofits in addressing the critical needs of women, children, and families in south Santa Barbara County. Including this year’s grants, the Women’s Fund will have granted more than $9.5 million in its 18-year history.

    In March, the 1,163 members of The Women’s Fund will…

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    Women's Fund Helps Bring Back Books on Wheels

    The Santa Barbara Public Library is reintroducing its bookmobile, now called Library on the Go, for the avid readers who have not been able to visit the library in person, largely due to the pandemic.

    “With public health concerns over large gatherings likely to continue for some time, this model will also allow for expanded reach outside the library’s building,” said spokesperson Erick Mendez.

    For the children of Santa Barbara, the arrival of the van is like a holiday. It’s loaded with custom book carts that can be pulled out and set up outside, with kids perusing rows of…

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    Hope Ranch Women Making Lasting Change

    Nearly 50 Hope Ranch women are members of the Women's Fund of Santa Barbara, a volunteer-led, collective donor organization that enables women to combine their donations into significant grants addressing the critical needs of women, children and families in south Santa Barbara County. 


  • Library-on-the-Go serves children at Shoreline Park

    Santa Barbara Library Thrives on Private Donations

    Santa Barbara Library Services Manager Molly Wetta watches patrons walk up to the doors Sunday and Monday, unaware that the central and eastside branches are closed, and press their faces to the glass, disappointed.

    Santa Barbara library staff were faced with a tough decision this spring as they budgeted for the 2022 fiscal year: Cut hours or cut programming?

    Staff members wanted to provide literacy courses and tutoring, so they sacrificed operating hours.

    The city of Santa Barbara, impacted by the pandemic’s constraints, couldn’t offer departments the funding they…

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  • Board members Michele Saltoun, Lynn Karlson, and Sabina White

    Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara Awards $750,000 to Ten Nonprofits

    At its May 5 virtual Celebration of Grants event, the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara awarded a record $750,000 to 10 local nonprofits. Members tuned in to see which of the organizations on the ballots they cast received the funds and to learn more about the work of these organizations. As in prior years, the grants were targeted at the critical needs of women, children, and families in south Santa Barbara County.



    Grant recipients: (Clockwise from top left) United Boys & Girls Clubs Executive Vice President of Advancement Laurie Leis, Doctors Without Walls –…

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    Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara Names 10 Nonprofits to Share Record $750,000 Grants Pool

    Ten local nonprofit agencies were awarded grants totaling $750,000 from a record-breaking pool of member donations collected by the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara during 2020. The recipients were announced at the Annual Women’s Fund Celebration of Grants event held virtually on May 5.

    The new grants bring the total amount awarded to local organizations to more than $8.6 million since the Women’s Fund was founded in 2004. Grants are targeted to address the critical needs of local women, children and families in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria.

    This year’s…

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  • Grantee Update: Library on the Go

    The Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) will be adding a mobile library branch — Library on the Go —and hitting the road this year, thanks to support from the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation.

    With the mission of providing a range of library services to South County residents, Library on the Go will deliver more than just books to those with limited library access.

    Over the last three years, SBPL has made great strides in taking library programs and services into the community. With pop-up library programming at local…

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  • A Record-Breaking Year: Let’s Prepare to Vote

    We are excited to announce that next month our 2020 Women’s Fund members will vote to award the largest grants pool in our 17-year history – an amazing $750,000!

    That’s three quarters of a million dollars from us—from you—to help local women, children and families as the community continues to cope with the effects of the pandemic and forge a path to recovery.

    It Takes Time

    Our researchers have worked diligently to finalize the ballot we’ll use to cast our votes. A larger grants pools means more nonprofits on the ballot than ever…

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  • Hundreds Attend Immigrants’ Stories – America’s Promise Forum

    On the evening of January 28, more than 230 people attended the Women’s Fund's fourth virtual forum in its Grants in Action educational series. The forum focused on the topic of immigration and the work of the Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center (ILDC). 
    It was moderated by Mikki Andina, a member of the Women’s Fund Research Committee and a retired anthropologist and public health nurse. You can watch the

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