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.

BCF Hiring Part Time Admin Asst / Bookkeeper!

We’re hiring!  BCF is excited to announce that we are seeking terrific candidates to serve as a part-time Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper.  Review of applications begins next week!  Check out the full listing here: Admin – Bookkeeper JD

Our Grant Catalog is Now Online!

Each year during our Community Grants Cycle, Bainbridge Community Foundation receives more requests than we can fund on our own. This year, we have created an online grant catalog to to help fulfill these requests and sustain the wonderful programs that benefit our community.  We are eager to connect you to the meaningful work of so many nonprofits that serve the Bainbridge community and hope you will find a project or many projects that inspire you to give! Bainbridge Island is a wonderful place because of the many caring and compassionate people who give their time and support to help important causes.  Together, we are Bainbridge!

Follow this link or visit for brief listing of the active grant applications and to make an online gift.  From today through June 14th, we invite you to visit , review the application descriptions and make a tax-deductible gift in support of your favorite proposals.  As usual, BCF passes along 100% of your gift to the recipient organizations.  Thanks for visiting!

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.

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