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Investing in Community

If you have been curious about the benefits of investing in your local Community Foundation, I welcome you to join us at the OICF stakeholders investment meeting, Wednesday, October 17, 4:30-6:30 at the Eastsound Fire Hall. Dave Drews and Mike Milojevich from...

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Call for Submissions

Nonprofits serving Orcas Island: Information regarding OICF's 2018 Holiday Catalog Call for Submissions is now online! The deadline for submissions is 5 pm on November 16, 2018. Please contact us if you have questions. Mark your calendar for our Grantee Info Meeting...

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Tiny House Sale

The Tiny House is on the auction block! This project was the brainchild of Mark Padbury, Brett MacFarland, Jill Sherman, and teachers at Orcas Island High School. They applied for a $30,000 grant in 2016 with a plan to take their woodworking, applied physics, and...

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Feeling the Love!

We moved! While not fully unpacked, we are fully in our new offices and WE LOVE IT! This building is such a wonderful gift. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the Volk Family, the Henigsons, and the community as a whole. The space is open, light, and surrounded by...

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What a Pain

I had a root canal this week. It was quite the experience. It has been painful and was amazingly expensive. But I was lucky. I have a good dentist who got me in quickly and I had some savings. But it all made me think about the folks in this community who are not so...

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Community Support

One of my neighbors has breast cancer. She was pretty scared when they discovered it. She works as a caregiver, so becoming the one cared for was challenging, but she eventually opened up to the support of many friends. Every other week, a volunteer flies her over to...

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Board Boot Camp on Sept. 20

The Orcas Island Community Foundation will offer Board Boot Camp on Thursday, September 20, 1-5 pm at Eastsound Firehall. This action-packed workshop will help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective Board member. We will focus on individual...

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Blue Skies

Finally, the smoke has cleared, and perhaps more exciting, there is a chance of rain in the forecast!  We can hope it actually comes to pass, as it has been one long dry summer. OICF is planning a series of focus group meetings to further develop our Children’s Saving...

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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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