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.


Bainbridge Community Foundation is currently processing applications for nonprofit capacity building grants. This special grant focuses on helping organizations strengthen their internal capacity, allowing them to perform their work more efficiently and effectively. Improvements in the areas of administration, governance, planning, and fundraising are most desired. For more information on the capacity building grant program please click here. The application process closed on October 15, 2015. Grant awards will be announced in early December.


One Call for All, Bainbridge Community Foundation and IslandWood hosted a free educational opportunity: “How to Adapt, Sustain and Grow Your Nonprofit” at IslandWood. Thank you to all of the nonprofit staff and board members who participated in our discussion with nonprofit financial expert panelists on topics ranging from business planning to fundraising. If you would like to request slides and presentation notes, please email regina(at) For more information about the program, please click here.


Bainbridge Community Foundation hosted our annual Inspiring Work Celebration on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Center. During the festivities BCF, together with One Call for All and Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, publicly honored funding recipients and celebrated the invaluable services and positive impacts that our local nonprofits provide in our community. Thank you to all who attended this fun event. We look forward to celebrating again next year!



Bainbridge Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have awarded 48 grants totaling more than $195,000 in the 2015 Annual Community Grants Cycle (CGC). Of the 48 grants currently being awarded, 27 programs will be fully funded. To read our press release about the 2015 CGC please click here For a complete list of funding recipients and awards, please click here.


Bainbridge Community Foundation partnered with the City of Bainbridge Island to host our second annual Volunteer Fair and Celebration, where we honored volunteers who make this community such an amazing place to live. The festivities took place on Thursday, April 16th at the Bainbridge High School Commons.

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