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.
Together with the City of Bainbridge Island, Kitsap Regional Library, and Kids Discovery Museum, Bainbridge Community Foundation hosted our annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at the Bainbridge Public Library on Thursday, April 21st. Though Volunteer Week has passed we continue to celebrate the spirit of generosity every day. Thank you to everyone who joined us and to everyone who gives their time to make life on Bainbridge Island so special. From working with youth in education, arts or sports, cleaning up litter or noxious weeds, serving as docents for visitors, supporting a favorite cause, to helping neighbors in need… It is volunteers like YOU who make our community such a unique and wonderful place.
All 501(c)(3) organizations that serve Bainbridge Island residents were invited to participate in our annual Sector Gatherings and 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 the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art where area nonprofit leadership discussed their work and shared information and insights. Thank you to the more than sixty organizations that attended these sector gatherings and participated in our Survey.
BCF is currently processing more than 60 funding requests from 501(c)(3) organizations located in Washington State that serve Bainbridge Island residents. Requests ranged from $1,000 to $10,000. There are some exciting new programs to review! Of the sixty-two applications received, fourteen came from organizations that have not previously applied for funding.
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. To read more about the application process, please click here. For more information on our Community Grants Cycle, please visit our grants page.
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 Island Land Trust, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation, Friends of the Farms, and YWCA of Kitsap County will receive funding for 2016 programming that will strengthen their internal operations and efficiency.