Women’s Fund of SB Awards $470,000 to Nonprofits, Celebrates 12 Years of Changing Lives

On April 25, 2016, the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara awarded grants totaling $470,000 to seven local nonprofit agencies at its 12th annual Presentation of Grants reception. The event celebrated the end of the annual Women’s Fund grant cycle and honors its newest grantees, voted on by the membership of 668 women.

Since 2004, the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara has awarded more than $5.6 million to 78 local nonprofit programs impacting 90,000 women, children, and families in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria. The announcement of the new grantees—kept secret until the reception—was held at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort.

“We give large grants, frequently for programs that wouldn’t be funded by others, said Nancy Harter, Women’s Fund Chair. “We are flexible—funding start-ups, established programs and capital projects—and we look for ways to leverage our investments. Our grants allow agencies to dream big and to achieve those dreams.”

The popularity of the collective giving model is evident in the ten-fold growth in membership the Women’s Fund has achieved in 12 years. The volunteer-driven organization also prides itself on its efficiency; maintaining an extremely low expense-to-income ratio.

“I applaud each and every one of you for investing in the shared vision that together we have much more impact as philanthropists than we do on our own,” said Nancy Harter, closing the event. “This year we’ve proved once more we have the ability to meet critical community needs when working together.”

2015-16 Women's Fund Grants

  • The Academy for Success - $60,000 to expand the mental health program to all three high schools that reduces the number of high school dropouts.
  • Doctors Without Walls - $65,000 to purchase a fully outfitted mobile medical clinic to treat homeless individuals.
  • Easy Lift Transportation - $55,000 to increase the number of rides available to low-income children.
  • Garden Court, Inc. - $100,000 toward a capital campaign to build “Gardens on Hope,” a new low-income senior housing and services facility.
  • Isla Vista Recreation & Park District - $65,000 to build a permanent covered outdoor center at Children’s Park for children ages 5-12.
  • Isla Vista Youth Projects - $75,000 toward the purchase of the Children’s Center that provides child care for children from low-income families.
  • TRADART Foundation - $50,000 to pay for materials for three “tiny houses” being built at the three Santa Barbara high schools.

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The Women's Fund is a Field of Interest Fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation. For additional information about the Women's Fund, visit womensfundsb.org.

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