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.

We're hiring someone for Outreach & Administration Support

The Board of Trustees of the Orcas Island Community Foundation is seeking an entrepreneurial and innovative leader to serve as its next Executive Director, in anticipation of the retirement of its highly successful director of nearly 20 years. This pivotal leadership position demands expertise in nonprofit management, fundraising, and community engagement, coupled with a genuine passion for effecting positive change in the lives of individuals and community to sustain and grow the foundation’s impact in the coming years.  Position announcement, summary and application details can be found HERE.

A small village nestled in conifers from the water.

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

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

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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 

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.

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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

Singing MAG’s Praises

The Music Advocacy Group (MAG) is one of the stellar organizations in our galaxy of community nonprofits. This weekend they are hosting their annual Spring Concert in the High School gym at 3 pm on Sunday the 3rd. This concert will warm your heart and shine a...

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Many Hands

Many Hands I spent this morning on a walking tour with Dr. Jack Ehlen, a retired dentist and a new(ish) resident of Deer Harbor. Dr Ehlen is assisting in establishing an interim dental clinic to bridge the gap now that the Medical Teams International Van Clinics are...

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