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2016 Annual Grants
OICF’s 2016 annual grant cycle is now open! Applicants are encouraged to discuss grant ideas with OICF before completing the application process.  The grant deadline is March 15, 2016. Go to the Grant Application page for details and to start your application.

Boards in Gear Training: March 9Boards in Gear
OICF will partner with Washington Nonprofits and the Secretary of State to offer a “Boards in Gear” training on Wednesday, March 9 at the Eastsound Firehall. This interactive, hands-on workshop will cover board responsibilities, operations, development, fundraising, and advocacy. It is designed for board members and the people who work with them, namely executive directors and program staff. It offers ideas for new board members and those who have served for a long time. It is appropriate for organizations of all sizes, whether they have staff or not.

Register on the Washington Nonprofits website or contact OICF for more info (376-6423 or info@oicf.us).

IMG_3280“When we first found out {I had cancer}, of course the first things you want to know are: What kind, how much, and how do we deal with it? Then the next question is: How are we going to do this? Where are we going to live, and how are we going to go someplace every day?” -Janis Mattox, on being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. Janis spent several weeks of the summer traveling with Mercy Flights to daily treatments in Bellingham. To make a donation to Mercy Flights to keep this service available to all in need contact OICF.

OIYCC story “It’s taught me that there’s a lot of work to be done in our community to make it better and to improve it, and so by helping out I can tell people: hey, I was in this group {the OI Youth Conservation Corps} that was really fun and I learned a lot. I even learned about tools and stuff, and how to use them, which will come in handy in later life.” -Skylar Delusio (left) .

“We learn how we can help the environment. That’s important to me because in previous classes we learned about troubles our Earth is going through, so we need to do work to change it.” -Lindsey Simpson (right).

Both said that being in the natural world and helping to preserve it was very important to them, and both agreed on their favorite project: working on historic trails near the lighthouse on Stuart Island. To contribute to the Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps contact OICF.





View OICF’s 2015 Annual Report online.




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

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.

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