About Us

The Rancho Santa Fe Women's Fund was established in November 2004 as a way for members to join together in meaningful and engaging ways and give back to the greater San Diego community. The power of many women giving together has helped us make a significant impact on community-wide needs with focused collective grant making.  We are a donor advised fund* of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, are 112 members strong, and have awarded nearly $3 Million dollars in grants to date

Our Mission

The mission of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund is to build a sense of community through volunteerism, social activities and focused, collective giving while escalating awareness of local organizations and needs.

Our Vision

    • We aim to educate and inspire our members to be well-informed, active philanthropists
    • We seek to increase our membership by gathering friends and neighbors who have similar goals and ideals
    • We collaborate to improve and strengthen lives through charitable grants
    • Through our grants we support innovative approaches, a very "venture capitalist" approach to philanthropy
    • We serve our San Diego areas by discovering and addressing local needs

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” 

–  Warren Buffet  

2017 - 2018 Leadership

Advisory Committee

Financial Advisors

Candise Holmlund, Co-Advisor
Cathy Hopf, Co-Advisor
Sue Sanderson, Past-Advisor

Grant Committee

Robyn Hudgens, Co-Chair

Jana Peck, Co-Chair

Gillian Gillies, Past Chair

Membership Committee

Tina Braswell, Co-Chair

Ann Rible, Co-Chair 

Jennifer Young Miller, Member Relations/Social Chair

Programs Committee

Minerva Walz, Co-Chair

Allison Williams, Co-Chair


Ellie Cunningham, Co-Chair

Public Relations/Communications

Mary Schulman, Chair

Past Advisory Committee Chairs

Donna Vance, Immediate Past

Libby Frank

Franci Free

Victoria Hanlon

Donna Walker

Kathy Yash


Phone:  858-756-0249
Fax:  858-756-6561

Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund  |  established in 2004  |  tax #95-3709639
162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite B30, Encinitas, CA   92024

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