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.


All 501(c)(3) organizations that serve Bainbridge Island residents are invited and encouraged to participate in our annual Nonprofit Survey. The valuable information obtained will help educate BCF and our grantmaking partners about the strengths and challenges of our local nonprofit community and help inform the funding priorities for our upcoming Community Grants Cycle.

Four sector- specific gatherings took place over two days at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art where area nonprofit leadership discussed their work and shared information and insights.

Organizations that were unable to attend a sector gathering are invited to click here to complete an online version of the survey. Please complete the survey before Friday, February 19, 2016.


Mark your calendars! BCF will begin accepting applications for the 2016 Annual Community Grants Cycle on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. The Foundation welcomes funding requests from 501(c)(3) organizations located in Washington State that serve Bainbridge Island residents. Requests from $1,000 to $10,000 will be considered.

Collaborative applications will be considered for the BCF Trustees’ Award. This special award is funded by board, staff, and CGC team members and promotes partnerships between organizations. Past recipients include the Olympic College Yama Project and the Bainbridge Healthy Youth Alliance.

All grant applications are managed online through Common Grant Application. For more information on our Community Grants Cycle, please visit our grants page.

Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, March 9, 2016.


The board and staff of Bainbridge Community Foundation are pleased to announce that we have awarded Capacity Building Grant funding to six local organizations. Bainbridge Island Land Trust, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation, Bloedel Reserve, Friends of the Farms, and YWCA of Kitsap County will receive funding for 2016 programming that will strengthen their internal operations and efficiency.

To see a complete list of grant awards please click here. For more information on the capacity building grant program please click here.


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 Bellody at 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!


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