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Donor Advised Funds at OICF

There have been a few articles about Donor Advised Funds in the news lately, spurned by the amazing growth of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. They have amassed over a Billion dollars under management, but do not have a great record of getting those dollars...

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August is underway!

The thousand days of August are upon us. Both Doe Bay Fest and the Chamber Music Festival get underway this weekend, the park campground is on overload, and the ferry reservations are as well.  Ah, Summer. Fortunately, the lake is perfect for swimming and the...

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Children’s Savings Accounts

OICF is exploring the possibility of creating a Children’s Saving Account (CSA) program for Orcas. CSA’s focus on teaching financial literacy, encourage savings, and can be used for career training or post secondary education. Research has shown that CSA’s have a...

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Thank you, Lahari

Aging in a rural and remote community presents unique challenges. Access to health care can be difficult and care providers may be both limited and quite costly. Frequently, transportation becomes an issue when driving is no longer an option. Orcas is very fortunate...

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Music to my heart

One of the joys of living in a small community is that you get to know so many people. I have especially enjoyed watching the youth of Orcas grow into adulthood and seeing what sparks their passion. It seems that Orcas is fertile ground for many to blossom. One such...

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What is new in Eastsound?

I hope you can join me for an Eastsound walk on Thursday, July 19th, 10-11:30 am. We will start from our current offices and walk over to see our new office space on Urner Street. From there we will walk ‘the back way’ to Madrona Point, where Peter Fisher will join us...

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Get on Board!

Human resources are really our most valuable resources as every nonprofit on the island relies on the efforts of a volunteer board to guide and support their work. A skilled board is critical for the growth and development of the many programs that serve Orcas. Board...

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Hello Summer!

Hang onto your hat, as Orcas dives deep and the festivities ramp up. The Solstice Parade is June 23, high noon, starting in front of the Odd Fellows Hall. This is the 20th year for this happy island tradition and a great example of what can happen when a few...

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We are on our way!

Work on the Urner Street building is fully underway. Ken Katz and his crew have replaced almost all of the windows and will start painting soon. New heating systems go in within the month and the roof will be replaced in August. When the work is all done, OICF will...

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