Bainbridge Community Foundation

 

Welcome!

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 ISLAND VOLUNTEER FAIR AND CELEBRATION

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.

2015 COMMUNITY GRANTS CYCLE APPLICATIONS

Bainbridge Community Foundation accepted applications between February 10, 2015 and March 10, 2015 for annual Community Grants Cycle funding. Fifty-eight 501(c)(3) organizations that serve Bainbridge Island residents have applied for grants. Our application cycle is now closed and the review process is underway.

All grant applications are managed online through Common Grant Application. For more information on our Community Grants Cycle please click here.

2015 ANNUAL SECTOR GATHERINGS & NONPROFIT SURVEY – FEB 3rd & 4th

Executive Directors and Board Presidents of 501(c)(3) organizations that serve Bainbridge Islanders attended our Annual Sector Gatherings and Nonprofit Survey, held at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on February 3rd and 4th. The information obtained at these gatherings helps to educate BCF and our funding partners about the challenges and strengths of our local nonprofit community, and helps inform the funding priorities for our  Community Grants Cycle.

Thank you to all who made the time to attend these meetings and participate in our 2015 Nonprofit Survey for sharing your valuable insights.

CAPACITY BUILDING GRANTS AWARDED

The board and staff of Bainbridge Community Foundation are pleased to announce that we have awarded Capacity Building Grant funding to five local organizations. Bainbridge Chorale, Bainbridge Island Rowing, Friends of the Farms, KiDiMu and Raising Resilience all received funding for 2015 programming that will strengthen their internal operations and efficiency.

2014 CAPACITY BUILDING GRANT APPLICATIONS

The Bainbridge Community Foundation is currently processing applications for nonprofit capacity building grants. This special grant 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, communications, and/or fundraising are most desired. For more information on the capacity building grant program please click here. Funding decisions will be announced on December 4, 2014.

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