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.


Space is still available in our free educational presentation by Carrie Williams of Joseph Williams Lane & Associates LLC

Charitable Giving with your IRA
Thursday, September 29th from 6:30-8pm
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium

If you are near or past the age of 70.5 and are currently make charitable donations, it may be advantageous to learn about how you can make charitable gifts directly from your IRA and benefit from certain tax advantages. Carrie Williams, CPA will help you understand more about the IRA Required Minimum Distribution, as well as how to make a Qualified Charitable donation from your IRA. She’ll provide reasons that it might be beneficial to you as well as reasons it might not be a good fit. Finally, she’ll listen to your questions to help you understand if giving from your IRA is right for you.

There is no cost to attend. To register, please click here.



BCF is delighted to honor the following community members for their remarkable and inspiring acts of generosity, that enhance the quality of life in our community.

Cynthia Sears

2016 Outstanding Bainbridge Philanthropist

The Suquamish Tribe

2016 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

The Fort Ward Youth Advisory Committee

2016 Outstanding Young Philanthropists

To read our press release on our honorees, click here. To learn more about their stories, please visit our Facebook or YouTube pages.


The Merriman Financial Education Foundation and the Bainbridge Community Foundation are delighted to invite you to a free educational presentation.

How to Retire on a Nonprofit Employee’s Salary

Wednesday, September 21st from 3-5 pm

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium

550 Winslow Way E | Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

At as loss as to how to start saving for retirement? Have you started but wish to verify that you are investing wisely? Paul Merriman will share the very best of his 50 years of investment experience, including: 10 simple steps to maximize your return without taking too much risk, what successful investments have in common, and how to build a life-changing retirement account starting with as little as $50.

Paul is a nationally recognized authority on investment strategies. After retiring, he founded The Merriman Financial Education Foundation, where he continues teaching, writing, and podcasting so investors of all ages and backgrounds can have a better financial future. Paul also serves as a BCF Trustee.

To register, please click here.

Please share this invitation with friends and colleagues in the nonprofit community. If you have any questions, please contact Regina Bellody at 206.842.0433


Bainbridge Community Foundation will begin accepting applications for nonprofit capacity building grants on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. 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.


The City of Bainbridge Island is seeking volunteers to serve on the Human Services Funding Advisory Committee. Members review funding proposals and develop recommendations for City Council consideration. Detailed information about the committee and the online application can be found on the City website by clicking here. Applications must be submitted by close of business on Monday, July 18, 2016.

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