Fostering philanthropy to enhance and preserve the quality of life on Orcas Island.
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The Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) was founded in 1995 to help build and strengthen our community by encouraging and supporting local philanthropy and by connecting people and organizations who want to make a difference by improving the quality of life on Orcas Island.

In early 2022, CF Insights Columbus Survey released their rankings for 2020.

Nationally, OICF is ranked #1 out of 207 community foundations for per capita gifts with a rate of $1,267. That represents an annual distribution rate of 29% of our assets, ranking us 4th in that category. You can view the full list here. 

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Mural on the Salmonberry School fence

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Congratulations to ALL OF YOU!

We ended the GiveOrcas Campaign on an extremely high note. You fully funded all 27 proposals with 672 donors contributing $374,171. Impressively, 266 of you were first time donors. Orcas, you continue to always amaze us. Thank you to our nonprofit partners, grants committee volunteers and our donors.

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Working Together. Helping Each Other.

Take a look at our Annual Report. It’s full of pictures, some great stories of how our community jumped into action during the pandemic and lots of great stats. We all had the opportunity to pitch in and most of us also reached out for help. Working together. Helping each other. We are getting through it.

Lance and Janet at OIEF Auction


Learn how to donate to a fund, how to set one up, the funds that we have and much more.

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Learn about capacity building, annual grants awarded, GiveOrcas and other resources we offer.

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Community Resources

Learn about some of the resources that are available to the members of our community.

Most Recent Blog Posts



The beach on the Glenwood Inn property Summer officially started this week, and this weekend promises to actually FEEL like summer!  So excited! Today is the day that the Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust are set to close on the purchase of the Glenwood Inn...

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Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?

Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?

It appears Orcas is back in action, and ready for summer to commence. The Solstice Parade returns this Saturday at noon.  Leaving from the Oddfellows Hall and winding its way through Eastsound to the Village Green, where there will be music, dancing, and much...

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Graduation Weekend!

Graduation Weekend!

This is graduation weekend here on Orcas. The Orcas Christian School’s event is Friday at 5, and the Orcas Island High School’s event is Saturday at 2 in the HS Gym.  Today was the Celebration of Success, when awards and scholarships are distributed.  This year, there...

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