The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara held a luncheon on Monday, February 9, to announce the ten area nonprofits to which the group has awarded a total of $725,000 in grant money this year. Combined with the previous four years this event has been held, the group has given out a total of nearly $2.2 million. A press release from the group noted that recipients were chosen for their work in education, healthcare, and violence prevention.

Below are the recipients and how much the Women’s Fund gave them.

The recipients included the following:

AllforOne Youth and Mentoring was given $65,000 to continue its efforts in deterring high-risk youth from gang involvement.

Breast Cancer Resource Center was given $30,000 for a new computer system.

Casa Serena was given $75,000 to continue its efforts in helping mothers recover from alcoholism.

Santa Barbara Jr. High’s CORE program was given $70,000 to provide guidance for at risk 7th and 8th graders.

Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy was given $150,000 toward a new building.

Future Leaders of America was given $65,000 for a Latino youth education program.

The Parent Project was given $35,000 for parent-adolescent communication training.

PathPoint was given $75,000 for rehabilitation and mental health support services.

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics was given $80,000 for more advanced prevention tests for women, to help women avoid emergency room visits.

United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara was $80,000 to expand after-school programs for at risk teens.

The awarded money was provided by Women’s Fund members and from a $353,000 grant from the Orfalea Fund. The fact that so much money had been raised for distribution this year was commented upon during the luncheon by Jo Gifford, chair of the Women’s Fund Oversight Committee. “We’re thrilled to award these grants to so many worthy agencies,” she said in a written statement. “In today’s economy, charitable support is even more critical for the survival of local programs serving our community and its most vulnerable citizens.”


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