Bainbridge Community Foundation (Bainbridge Island, WA)

 

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bainbridge Community Foundation
  • Address:Mailing Address
    221 Winslow Way W #305
    Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    United States

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General

  • Mission:
  • Our mission is to encourage, inspire and provide meaningful ways for people to improve and sustain our community.

  • History:
  • How we began
    In 2001, a group of caring and concerned Bainbridge Island leaders came together to create a lasting community endowment, aiming to improve the quality of life in our community. Initially known as the Bainbridge Island Community Endowment, the Bainbridge Community Foundation helps people with philanthropic interests support the growing needs of nonprofit organizations that serve Bainbridge Island residents.

    As of 12/31/2014, BCF has a balance sheet of over $10.8 million comprised of 30 Donor Advised Funds, 2 Designated Funds, 5 Scholarship Funds, 2 Area of Interest Funds, 3 Nonprofit Agency Funds and two BCF Funds for long term reserves and our endowment.

    Our goal is to raise funds through significant gifts from donors and to make grants from these funds to support the long-term needs of Bainbridge Island.

  • Year established:2001

Registration

  • Organization type:Community Foundation
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
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Name Summary
Annual Community Grants Cycle Description:

Bainbridge Community Foundation was founded in 2001 in order to sustain and enhance our vibrant community and the way of life we enjoy. BCF’s goals are achieved by supporting the nonprofits that serve our neighbors and friends.

The Community Grants Cycle is the heart of BCF’s annual discretionary giving. The foundation operates a broad open and competitive process that addresses the changing needs of the community. As a component of assessing community needs, we hold an annual Sector Gathering and Nonprofit Survey. The valuable information obtained helps educate the Foundation about the strengths and challenges of our local nonprofit community and help inform the funding priorities for our upcoming grants cycle. Last year in 2017, BCF engaged a record 47 volunteers to serve on our Grants Evaluation Team. These volunteers were current/former BCF board members as well as a diverse array of community members. We educated them on community needs and then divided them into sector teams. After completing site visits in pairs and individually finishing their online evaluation of the application, the sector teams then met to review and provide a recommended funding range for each application. This highly effective model provides a balanced community-based approach to our grantmaking activities. It also provides a team of ambassadors educated about and ready to discuss community needs.

As a community foundation, we are generalists and help sustain all sectors of the nonprofit community. Grants are made for the following CAUSES:

Animal Welfare
Arts, Culture, Humanities (including Recreation)
Disaster Relief
Education
Environment
Health and Human Services (including Housing)
Public / Society Benefit
Science / Technology
Social Science / Public Policy


Grants are awarded for the following funding TYPES:
Program (Specific program or project)
Capital (Equipment / facility repairs, etc. Estimates must be included with application)
Direct (Access to Programming, Support/Access for underserved population)
Operating (General operating support)

BCF does not currently fund research, in-kind or product donations, loans or vehicles.

Applications are accepted from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations located in Washington State serving the greater Bainbridge Island community (both on and off-island). Our grant period runs from July 1 of the current year to June 30th of the following year. Requests of $1,000 to $10,000 are considered. All grantmaking is done in compliance with guidelines established by the Council on Foundations National Standards Board as well at PEAK Grantmaking’s Project Streamline. The following principles guide BCF’s grantmaking process:
• Grants should directly benefit the people in the Bainbridge Island community
• Priority may be given to proposals that benefit the greatest number of people or the most underserved populations
• Grants should have measurable outcomes
• Organizational effectiveness, innovation, and board/org capacity may also be taken into consideration
• What is the likelihood of project success (is it well-planned and likely to succeed)
• Is the application thorough and complete


Program Type:

Grant

Grant Cycle Dates:

Cycle
name
Applications
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Applications
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Notification
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Funding
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CGC February 14 March 14 June 30 July 31
Documents:

Name Notes
2018 Grants Overview for Applicants.pdf  
Example of a Financial Report.docx  
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Capacity Building Grants Description:

BCF recognizes that one goal most organizations share is to perform their work more efficiently and effectively. This capacity building grant cycle is part of a program to assess if focused grant making can help achieve that goal. Improvements in the areas of administration, governance, planning, and fundraising are most desired. Therefore, this grant cycle will be focused on building an organization’s internal capacity in these areas in order to strengthen and support our local nonprofit sector.
Capacity building is distinguishable from direct program services, general operating support or capital expenses in that they typically seek to increase the knowledge, skill level and/or efficiency of a nonprofit board and/or staff. Capacity building services are typically provided by an individual outside of the organization that has the expertise and the ability to focus on one aspect of an organization’s management. These include but are not limited to:
• Board / Staff training
• Strategic planning
• Analysis of programs, technology and fundraising
• Program evaluation


Program Type:

Grant

Grant Cycle Dates:

Cycle
name
Applications
opened
Applications
closed
Notification
by
CB October 10 November 8 December 21
Documents:

Name Notes
2017 capacity building overview-1.pdf  
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Community Response Fund (CRF) Description:

The Community Response Fund is an area-of-interest fund established by the Bainbridge Community Foundation in 2009. The fund began as an idea from a group of nonprofit staff and community leaders who wanted to ensure that Bainbridge residents would continue to be served by local human service agencies, despite any downturns in the economy and decline in agency donations. The purpose of the fund is to assist local non-profit human service agencies that experience an unexpected temporary funding need that impacts their ability to provide critical community services. As such, it provides a safety net for the agencies that provide a safety net for our community.

Program Type:

Grant

Grant Cycle Dates:

Cycle
name
Applications
opened
Applications
closed
Notification
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Funding
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Continuous Continuous Continuous Continuous Continuous
Documents:

Name Notes
CRF_AppGuide.pdf CRF Grant Guidelines
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Housing Action Fund Description:

The Housing Action Fund is an area-of-interest fund established by the Bainbridge Community Foundation in 2009. The fund makes “seed money ” available to take advantage of affordable housing opportunities.

Program Type:

Grant

Grant Cycle Dates:

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Continuous Continuous Continuous Continuous Continuous
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Off-Cycle Requests Description:

We realize that sometimes a need occurs outside of BCF's regulary-scheduled grant cycle. For urgent situations that cannot wait, we will try to find funding to help meet your needs. We strongly suggest contacting BCF staff prior to beginning this application to discuss your request. Debbie Kuffel, Program & Finance Officer, can be reached at debbie@bainbridgecf.org or 206.842.0433. Applications are usually not considered during the annual Community Grant Cycle.

Grant Details
• IF ORGANIZATION APPLIED TO THE MOST RECENT COMMUNITY GRANTS CYCLE, ONLY PROGRAM & PROGRAM SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS APPLICATION.
• Applications will be reviewed by the BCF Grants Committee
• Site visits will not be part of the review process.
• A short Final report will be required if funding is secured for your request.

Program Type:

Grant

Grant Cycle Dates:

Cycle
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Applications
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Continuous Continuous Continuous
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