Girls Inc. Unveils Renovation Plans for Lynda Fairly Courtyard

Source: Girls Inc.

 Girls Inc. of Carpinteria has unveiled its plans for the new Lynda Fairly Courtyard, and announced a new investment opportunity called ‘Her Legacy’ that will help ensure its programs continue to flourish and inspire future generations of girls.

Philanthropist and community leader Lynda Fairly recently committed $150,000 to Girls Inc. of Carpinteria to support a total renovation of its outdoor courtyard. The courtyard will be developed into an intentional mixed-use community space, complete with dedicated outdoor classroom areas and an interactive natural playground, in an environmentally conscious and meditative landscape.

An anonymous donor also gifted $200,000 to further fund the organization’s courtyard renovation.

Fairly has challenged Girls Inc. of Carpinteria to raise another $250,000 from other female philanthropists to grow and further compensate the organization’s staff who continue to provide life-changing programs through a trauma-informed lens and intentional approach. Once achieved, Fairly has committed to an additional $100,000 to fund Her Legacy.

“I was raised by a single mom, and I know the need to help young women to become healthy, educated, and independent,” said Fairly. “Girls Inc. starts this process at a young age and encourages girls to believe in their futures.”

All contributions will help fund Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s efforts to attract and retain a qualified, caring and stable workforce by offering competitive wages and benefits, thus ensuring local girls have the opportunity to build relationships with trusted, caring adult mentors.

“The Lynda Fairly Courtyard will serve as an intentional, beautiful outdoor space where we will continue to cultivate our future female changemakers,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. Carpinteria. “We are so grateful to Lynda for investing in our mission and inspiring other female leaders to be a part of this legacy – rightfully named Her Legacy. The funding will support our talented and dedicated staff and ensure that more girls and young women are given the space, mentoring and resources to thrive.”

Gifts for Her Legacy are $25,000 or greater and funded by women or women-owned foundations. Donors will be honored with a naming opportunity in the new Lynda Fairly Courtyard.

  • Strong ($25,000): Funds the organization’s part-time direct service staff who build mentoring connections with girls. Part-time facilitators are typically alumna and college students who bring the Girls Inc. experience to programs and families.
  • Smart ($50,000): Funds full-time coordinators and educations who are bridging the cap on campus and in Carpinteria’s school district by ensuring all girls remain engaged and on track, building a strong foundation for future success.
  • Bold ($100,000): Enables Girls Inc. to pay its staff a trauma-informed wage to create a resilient culture that remains adaptive and responsive to the needs of the community.

Fairly retired from Santa Barbara City College following a distinguished career in public education serving youth and adults. She currently sits on three nonprofit boards and volunteers with many local organizations, including having served as the lead donor to purchase the recently completed Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center.

For more information about Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, please call (805) 684-6364 or visit


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