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 2023, CF Insights Columbus Survey released their rankings for 2021.

Nationally, OICF is ranked #4 out of 209 community foundations for per capita gifts with a rate of $840. That represents an annual distribution rate of 16% of our assets, ranking us 9th in that category. You can view the full list here.

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We are now requesting applications for the 2024 Spring GiveOrcas Campagin.

Give Orcas is a way to build awareness of local nonprofits and raise funds to support the programs that make Orcas a stronger and more resilient community.  The success of the campaign is achieved through a collaborative relationship between OICF, the island nonprofits, and most importantly, the community that rallies to support the campaign and the programs featured in it.

Give Orcas is a true community- wide effort. 

Grant requests limited to a maximum of $25,000 during the campaign. The application is open to 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) organizations, government agencies, schools or public service organizations.

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, March 5th at 5 pm. 

Find Application Here

Questions can be directed to Lynn White:

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Read the report on OICF’s and the community’s response to the Covid pandemic.

Learn more here

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OICF is helping to purchase the Pea Patch Property to serve as a nonprofit campus.

Learn more here

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Take a look at our Annual Report. It’s full of pictures and great stories. Working together. Helping each other.

See the Annual Report 

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

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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.

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Welcome Home.

We are delighted to have you as a neighbor and look forward to getting to know you. 

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce you to the Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF). This Packet gives you a brief look into the community, the work of OICF and the local nonprofits. We encourage you to stop by our office to say hi.

Most Recent Blog Posts

Snowed In

A winter storm can bring out the best in the community. Thanks to all of you who pitched in and supported the community this week. Thank you to the great staff at the Orcas Community Resource Center who kept the doors open, providing warm meals and hot drinks to those...

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Winter Whips In!

Winter Whips In! Well, this is quite a swift shift. The drop in temperature accompanied with gale force winds ensures winter has arrived in full force! Hopefully you are safe and cozy. For those folks who need some help staying warm and safe, the Orcas Community...

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Happy New Year!

Looking back on 2023 fills me with gratitude. So many of you supported this community and donated through OICF this past year. We ran three GiveOrcas campaigns in 2023- Spring, Pea Patch Match, and Holiday. All in all, over 1000 donors contributed $837,000 to 36 local...

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