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.

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.

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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