Women’s Fund

Investing in the Women of San Benito County

There are many pressing needs that face women, children, and families in our area. San Benito County is currently ranked among the top 20 most economically stressed counties in the US, according to the Associated Press Economic Stress Index. Of the 651 homeless people documented in the 2015 San Benito County Homeless Census and Survey, 48% are women. Domestic violence is the number one problem in San Benito County, according to the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department.

Research shows that when women are economically self-sufficient, families thrive and communities flourish. The Women’s Fund is the first full-spectrum fund in our community dedicated to serving a broad range of issues for women and girls in San Benito County. It’s comprised of a network of caring donors committed to advancing the status of women and girls and provides grant support and brings leadership opportunities to them throughout our community - particularly for those living with low income.


Our Vision & Mission

We envision a community where women have a respected, influential, equitable voice and where women create a legacy of empowerment for future generations.

The Women's Fund for San Benito County is dedicated to empowering women through education, resources, and funding to achieve equity, self-sufficiency, and well-being.

Five Guiding Stars

The work of the Women's Fund will:

  • Create a legacy of empowerment for women
  • Remain sensitive to gender and inclusivity
  • Provide educational resources
  • Stay open to new ideas
  • Raise the visibility of the Women's Fund
Five Guiding Stars

Improving Lives

The Community Foundation is honored to have a group of passionate leaders who serve as Women's Fund Advisors. The Women's Fund Advisory Committee directs all of the Fund's activities, grant making, and impact priorities each year. We’re always looking for passionate, dedicated individuals to volunteer on a committee or host an informal gathering to promote the Women’s Fund.


The Origins of the Women’s Fund

This fund is possible due to the generous support of the Women's Fund Founders. These individuals, community groups, and businesses are remarkable champions for women and girls in San Benito County.

Sallie Calhoun, Nenette Corotto, Delta Kappa Gamma, Beverly Meamber, Mary McCullough, Anne Morris, Susan Schwabacher Modic, San Benito Bene, Rebecca Medeiros Wolf, Women's Club of Hollister


Get Informed

The Stanford Alumni Research Team, together with the Women's Fund Advisory, completed a comprehensive report on the status of women and girls in San Benito County in 2014. This data report highlights key findings in the areas of Health, Parenting, and Socio-Economic issues. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Women's Fund Advisory, Community Volunteers, and especially to Barbara Bishop at the Stanford Research Alumni Team for their hard work and commitment in preparing this report.

In October of 2014, 350 caring women, along with keynote speaker Gina Casteneda, came together for a Women's Summit to share their vision for the future of women and girls in San Benito County.

For questions or more information on the Report, please contact Brenda Weatherly at 831-630-1924.