The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara announced the election of its all-volunteer board of directors for 2022. A giving circle that enables women to combine their charitable dollars into significant grants to local nonprofits, the Women’s Fund has contributed more than $8.6 million to local agencies since 2004.
Elected to officer roles for the 1,100-member organization are Lynn Karlson, Board Chair; Jamie Dufek, Board Vice-Chair; Kathy Dunlap, CFO Treasurer; and Melissa Gough, Corporate Secretary. New to the Board are Mary Brown, Marita Hawryluk, Denise Hinkle, Mary Luthy, and Lauren Trujillo. Continuing terms on the Board are Jacki Belt, Sarah de Tagyos, Nancy Harter, Kathy Hollis, Michele Saltoun, Laurie Tumbler, and Sabina White.
The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara is committed to building a large community of educated, strategic givers who are inspired to make lasting change through the impact of collective giving. The Board focuses on setting policy and assuring the financial stability of the organization. An all-volunteer Operations Management Team serves as unpaid staff, ensuring the growing organization operates effectively and efficiently.
The Women’s Fund has supported more than 110 local area nonprofit programs serving the critical needs of women, children, and families in south Santa Barbara County. Grants range from $50,000 to over $100,000.
Following an extensive research process, Women’s Fund members receive a ballot in the spring to vote on projects to fund. The Women’s Fund welcomes all women to join in its philanthropic efforts. While the voting membership is limited to women, donations from community members or businesses are welcome. For more information go to www.womensfundsb.org