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Willis loves the snow

Well, it has been quite the week. Orcas got enough snow to shut the school down for five days. We had to resort to the Navy for a few medical evacuations. Roads went from snow covered to ice and have now turned to slush.  Thankfully, the County road crew has been out...

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Yikes!

Our balmy January has given way to a frigid February. The temperature dropped just as the Northeastern winds kicked into high gear the weekend of Feb. 2.  For those of us who live on the Eastside of Orcas, Sunday night was scary with flying debris hitting the roof and...

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Happy February

This has been a big week of grant review conversations here at OICF. We have been meeting with all of the grantees who received $10,000 or more, eight groups in all. It is a chance for us to hear how the programs we invested in are progressing and learn about any...

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Call for Applications

OICF is excited to announce a call for proposals for the 2019 GiveOrcas Grant Program. Any nonprofit serving Orcas Island is invited to apply now through March 8, 2019 for an Annual Grant. Applications will be vetted by the OICF Grants Committee; successful...

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Getting Prepared

Maybe it is a sign of the political times, but disaster preparedness seems to be in the air on Orcas these days. Island Market just installed a gigantic generator and the Food Coop is planning to do the same. Several neighborhoods have formed committees to plan for...

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Inspiring

I bought this illustration of Dr. Martin Luther King for myself a Christmas gift this year. It was done by an artist from Port Townsend and will hang in my office to remind me daily of the value of language to inspire and the gift that service has brought to my life....

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Building Community Capacity

OICF is kicking off 2019 with a capacity building workshop for local nonprofits. Mazarine Treyz from Wild Woman Fundraising and Leadership will present ‘How to Keep Your Donors’, Thursday, January 17 from 1-5 PM at the Emmanuel Episcopal Hall. Cost is $10 per person;...

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Fundraising Workshop: Keeping Your Donors

Fundraising Workshop: How to Keep your Donors January 17, 2019 1-5 PM $10 per person; sign up online or call 360-376-6423 to register You may have just survived a GiveOrcas campaign or your year-end appeal--or both! Now that the big push is over, are you seeing people...

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Year end

Most importantly, we made it to 2019! It felt for a while like Orcas might just submerge, with the King tide and the heavy rain, but we managed to remain rock steady. 2018 was a banner year for philanthropy at OICF. We received $2,214,480 in donations from 877...

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GiveOrcas 2018

Thanks to your donation during the 2018 GiveOrcas Holiday Catalog, over $47,000 was distributed to 18 great programs serving the Orcas community (see a complete list of grants below). With your support, Orcas grows more resilient. Thank you for your investment in this...

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