Velma Doty champion’s 2016 GiveOrcas Campaign! Catalog Open Dec 1-22


OICF revealed the ‘Flat Person’ who will champion our 2016 GiveOrcas Campaign. After a week of online guessing, Chamber of Commerce Director Lance Evans revealed ‘Flat Velma,’ a full-size cardboard cutout of Velma Doty. Community members entered 179 guesses online; those who guessed correctly were entered into a drawing for $1000 to donate to their organization of choice in the OICF Holiday Catalog. Erin O’dell guessed correctly and declared that she will donate the $1000 to Orcas Community Resource Center.

Go to www.giveorcas.org to see the nonprofits listed and make your own donation today. The Catalog is open December 1 – 22 with hopes to make this holiday season great for all Islanders.


OICF Ranked #1 in the nation for Gifts per Capita


OICF continues to flourish, thanks to your amazing support. Funds under management have grown, as have the amounts of grants and distributions that flow through OICF. This remarkable increase has been recognized nationally as Orcas ranked #1 in the nation for gifts per capita and 21st as most active grantmaker, according to the cf Insights “Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size.” That adds up to a healthy flow of philanthropic dollars through the Foundation to support all of the vital programs that keep Orcas vibrant.

OICF’s 2016 Annual Report Online




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Grants graph 2013-16

GiveOrcas Distributes $202,749

Thank you to all who contributed to the 2016 GiveOrcas Campaign! With your help, we raised $202,749, funding 92% of the approved grant requests! Read the full list of grantees, as well as Youth Grant recipients.

OICF’s 2015 total grant distributions is $1,853,000.


grantsOrcas Island Public Library now has access to Grant Station and Foundation Directory
available to all Orcas nonprofits who wish to search for potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grant seeking process. Stop by and talk to the front desk librarian for login information.

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

  • Granted $2,022,825 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