Bainbridge Community Foundation



In 2001, community members came together to create the Bainbridge Community Foundation. The vision was simple - to encourage, inspire and provide meaningful ways for people to enhance and sustain the unique way of life we enjoy on Bainbridge Island. When you give through Bainbridge Community Foundation, you fund important causes in our community and help ensure a vibrant, healthy future for this place we call home.

By its most basic definition, a community foundation receives contributions from individuals, invests those gifts for long term growth, and distributes funds back into the areas of greatest need in the community.
In addition, the Foundation administers Donor Advised Funds and Designated Funds as giving vehicles for individuals, families, and businesses. These giving vehicles help provide donors with personalized short- or long- term strategies for meeting their charitable goals. For more information on our donor services click here.

Bainbridge Community Foundation hosts an annual community grant cycle and an annual capacity building grant cycle and supports a variety of nonprofit sectors. The Foundation also makes grants to affordable housing projects through its Housing Action Fund, and to unforeseen emergency needs through its Community Response Fund. The Foundation offers support beyond grantmaking, strengthening the nonprofit sector via information gathering, facilitating collaboration and educational programming. For more information on our giving priorities click here.

Paul Merriman Returns with Tips for the Currently Retired

Paul Merriman wants to help you retire comfortably and securely.  He will share the very best of his 50 years of investment experience, covering topics such as:

  • The 3 best source of investment advice for retirees
  • The best portfolio for retirees
  • The biggest risks in your retirement portfolio
  • Eight strategies for taking money out of your investments in retirement

Please join us for this interactive conversation:

Thursday February 16th, 6:30-8:30 PM

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium

550 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

To register, visit:

This event is free of charge and is offered as a community service, to help
individuals make informed decisions about their retirement.  Please note this
event is not, and should not be regarded as investment advice or as a
recommendation regarding any particular security or course of action.


Our friends at Bainbridge Community Broadcasting featured our upcoming free educational opportunity in their What’s Up Bainbridge Podcast, where host Barry Peters talked with trustee Paul Merriman about how this session can help community members make informed decisions about their futures. Please join BCF and the Merriman Financial Education Foundation at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium on Thursday, November 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm for “10 Simple Steps to Improve Your Investing Confidence and Build a Better Retirement Plan.”

To register, please click here.


Bainbridge Community Foundation is now accepting applications for nonprofit capacity building grants. This special grant program focuses on helping organizations accomplish changes which strengthen their internal capacity, allowing them to perform their work more efficiently and effectively.

Board and Staff Development in the areas of administration, governance, planning, and fundraising are most desired. For more information on the Capacity Building Grant cycle please click here. Applications must be submitted online through Common Grant Application by Wednesday, November 9, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Kuffel, Program and Finance Officer, at or 206.842.0433.


The Merriman Financial Education Foundation and the Bainbridge Community Foundation are delighted to invite you to a free educational presentation.

10 Simple Steps to Improve your Investing Confidence and Build a Better Retirement Plan

Thursday, November 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium

550 Winslow Way E | Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

BCF Trustee Paul Merriman will share the best of his 50 years of investment experience, covering topics such as:

  • the single best investment for first time investors,
  • how much you need to retire,
  • the pros and cons of target date and index funds,
  • how to select the best performing mutual funds,
  • how to avoid common 401k mistakes, and
  • three ways to double your income in retirement.

His goal is to share his knowledge to help community members make informed decisions about their futures. This event is free and open to the public. You are welcome to invite friends and colleagues, as people from all ages and stages of planning will benefit.

Paul is a nationally recognized authority on investment strategies. After retiring, he founded the Merriman Financial Education Foundation, where he continues teaching, writing, and podcasting so investors of all ages and backgrounds can have a better financial future.

To register, please click here.


Space is still available in our free educational presentation by Carrie Williams of Joseph Williams Lane & Associates LLC

Charitable Giving with your IRA
Thursday, September 29th from 6:30-8pm
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium

If you are near or past the age of 70.5 and are currently make charitable donations, it may be advantageous to learn about how you can make charitable gifts directly from your IRA and benefit from certain tax advantages. Carrie Williams, CPA will help you understand more about the IRA Required Minimum Distribution, as well as how to make a Qualified Charitable donation from your IRA. She’ll provide reasons that it might be beneficial to you as well as reasons it might not be a good fit. Finally, she’ll listen to your questions to help you understand if giving from your IRA is right for you.

There is no cost to attend. To register, please click here.


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