Building Community

Building Community

Artwork by OICF Trustee, Susan Singleton What would be your guess for how many buildings on Orcas are community-owned (meaning owned by a nonprofit, taxing district, or faith based organization)? Ten?  20? Not long ago, this question was raised and Ed Andrews, OICF’s...
OICF Invests in Affordable Rentals

OICF Invests in Affordable Rentals

Northern Heights Apartments The Orcas Island Community Foundation Board has voted to grant OPAL Community Land Trust $100,000, as needed, to support the purchase of the Northern Heights Apartments located across from the Library on Rose Street in Eastsound.  This...
Emergence

Emergence

Rainbow over Orcas Island Leather Goods Megan here, saying “hi” on this first Friday of February as Hilary is still away south of the border. Earlier this week the Groundhog emerged and reported six more weeks of winter, which means (according to a rodent) that we are...
When the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play

When the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play

Eagle Lake with Trumpeter Swans Hi all Ed here, standing in for Hilary while she spends a well-deserved two week vacation basking in a warm place much further south than here. Hilary, you better be out on a walk and not reading this.  It’s been wonderful to see the...
The Gift of Giving

The Gift of Giving

Cascade Lake OICF remains a very active philanthropic agency.  In 2021, we opened 15 new funds, distributed $2.5 million in grants and received 2,554 donations ranging from $10 to $500,000. Each donation is an investment in building a stronger community, strengthening...
Standing Up For Peace & Justice

Standing Up For Peace & Justice

API / Reuters Images Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another. —Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957 Monday is the day...