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2015 Holiday Catalog is LIVE at giveorcas.org!

OICF’s 2015 Holiday Catalog hosts 12 opportunities at giveorcas.org. We have a little something for everyone, including support for Mercy Flights, the Fireworks Fund, Saving Orcas Voices oral history project, and more!

Find Flat Lance!

FlatLanceOn Tuesdays from November 24 – January 1 “Flat Lance,” a cardboard cut out of Real Lance Evans from the Orcas Chamber of Commerce, will appear at public locations around town. He has agreed to participate in a fun campaign to raise awareness for our Annual Holiday Catalog.

To play:

  1. LOCATE the cardboard cut-out of Flat Lance (he will be in a different public location each Tuesday from noon – 3p; and at other random days and times too)
  2. TAKE A SELFIE with Flat Lance
  3. POST your Selfie on Facebook; tag OICF and the charity name you support and    #giveorcas.

Each Wednesday Real Lance will randomly draw a winner from the Flat Lance Selfies. The winner gets Real Donation Money $$ for their favorite OICF Holiday Catalog (giveorcas.org) nonprofit. For more info visit Real Kate at kate@oicf.us or 360-376-6423.

View OICF’s 2015 Annual Report online.

reportThanks to you this past year has been one of great growth for the Orcas Island Community Foundation. We redoubled our efforts to understand the needs of the community, where the opportunities and challenges are, and developed strategies to ensure Orcas continues to be a vibrant community. Read more.

Dental Van Returns to Orcas

MTI’s Dental Van continues to serve Islanders in need. Just a look at the before and after shots will make you smile.  This is all possible thanks to the remarkable contributions of so many:

  • the Island dentists and assistants who contribute their skills
  • the volunteers who schedule, greet, and monitor the patients
  • the generous community members who provide lunches and housing
  • Medical Teams International and their amazing van
  • the Community Church for the gracious use of their facility and
  • the donors who supply the funding to make it all possible

before  after

Download an application and return it to the green drop-box outside the Orcas Public Library  (application available in word: Dental Van Application or pdf: Dental Van Application). Previous applications need to re-apply for 2015.  Questions can be emailed to orcasdentalvan@gmail.com.

Dental van dates for 2016 are:

  • February 19 and 20, 2016
  • Three other dates to be announced

OICF Gains National Recognition

cf insights benchmarking smFor the second year, OICF ranked in national top 100 lists. We placed #6 in the US for “Gifts per Capita,” and #19 for “Most Active Grantmakers.” CF Insights, a national foundation research organization, surveyed 280 community foundations throughout the US to assess granting and community impact. They tracked ‘Most Active Grant makers,’ ‘Most Gifts per Capita’ and ‘Most Activity.’  View the full CF Insights report for 2014: http://ow.ly/PUPku.

This national ranking is due entirely to the generosity of so many friends and neighbors. OICF has developed an annual grants process and a state of the art online giving platform that connects donors to the many amazing projects and programs that serve the Orcas community.

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2015 Annual Grants Surpasses Expectations 

CelebrateOICF’s 2015 Annual Grants program surpassed expectations! $183,880 funded 30 proposals with 122 donors acting as Partners in Philanthropy. Individual contributions ranged from $10 to $48,000. Read the 2015 Annual Grant recipients.


Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) fosters philanthropy to enhance and preserve the quality of life on Orcas Island.  Since 1995 OICF has:

  • Granted $1,307,241 through our Annual Grants Program to 70+ Island organizations
  • Managed funds currently worth over $11,000,000 in Community Endowment, Organization Endowment, and Designated funds
  • Assisted more than 660 donors in fulfilling their charitable giving objectives
  • Facilitated over $2,600,000 in grants and gifts from other funds under management