Fostering philanthropy to enhance and preserve the quality of life on Orcas Island.
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The Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) was founded in 1995 to help build and strengthen our community by encouraging and supporting local philanthropy and by connecting people and organizations who want to make a difference by improving the quality of life on Orcas Island.

In early 2022, CF Insights Columbus Survey released their rankings for 2020.

Nationally, OICF is ranked #1 out of 207 community foundations for per capita gifts with a rate of $1,267. That represents an annual distribution rate of 29% of our assets, ranking us 4th in that category. You can view the full list here. 

Charts of key 2020 financials

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GiveOrcas graphic with heart on island

Congratulations to ALL OF YOU!

We ended the GiveOrcas Campaign on an extremely high note. You fully funded all 27 proposals with 672 donors contributing $374,171. Impressively, 266 of you were first time donors. Orcas, you continue to always amaze us. Thank you to our nonprofit partners, grants committee volunteers and our donors.

Annual Report with Village Photo

Working Together. Helping Each Other.

Take a look at our Annual Report. It’s full of pictures, some great stories of how our community jumped into action during the pandemic and lots of great stats. We all had the opportunity to pitch in and most of us also reached out for help. Working together. Helping each other. We are getting through it.

Lance and Janet at OIEF Auction


Learn how to donate to a fund, how to set one up, the funds that we have and much more.

OISD Art Class


Learn about capacity building, annual grants awarded, GiveOrcas and other resources we offer.

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Community Resources

Learn about some of the resources that are available to the members of our community.

Most Recent Blog Posts

On your mark, get ready, get set…..

On your mark, get ready, get set…..

The 2022 GiveOrcas Campaign goes live at 12:01 am on Monday, May 2nd.  Let me know if you would like a sneak preview and I will send you a list of the 27 proposals included in this year’s catalog. This year is the largest campaign so far. After two years dealing with...

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Point In Time Count

Point In Time Count

Shelter   Each year, counties across the state conduct a Point In Time (PIT) count to identify community members who are either un- or under-sheltered. The 2022 San Juan County PIT Homeless Count identified 146 people who have no stable place to live, an increase...

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Happy to Help

Happy to Help

Northern Heights Apartments   I was delighted to hand deliver a $100,000 donation to OPAL Community Land Trust this week.  This contribution will be used to purchase the Northern Heights Apartments (across from the Library on Rose Street), preserving 12...

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