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. 

Charts of key 2020 financials

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GiveOrcas graphic with heart on island

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.

Annual Report with Village Photo

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.

OISD Art Class


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

You did it!

You did it!

Good Morning!  And THANK YOU! We ended the GiveOrcas Campaign on a high note, fully funding all 27 proposals.  Thanks to all 672 donors who collectively contributed $374,171.  What amazing support from and for this community! The Grants Award Celebration will be this...

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So Close to the Finish Line

So Close to the Finish Line

We are in the home stretch of the GiveOrcas Campaign.  Thanks to the 603 neighbors who have contributed so far.  We are 75% funded with three days to go.  It is really exciting to see so many new donors to the process — over 200 so far! Eleven of the proposals are...

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Off to a GREAT start!

Off to a GREAT start!

Wow!  What a great start to GiveOrcas!  We have raised over $136,000 in the first 4 days — 36% of the total requests.  Three proposals are fully funded — Kwiaht, Salmonberry School, and Fresh Bucks through OCRC. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far....

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