Community News

$28,891 Raised at the County Fair

30 Aug 2016, written by

The Community Foundation was once again gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2016 San Juan County Fair when over $28,000 was donated to eight different projects featured in the matching program.  This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair!

The Foundation, in turn, will match those donations 50 cents on every dollar raised until each project goal is met, thereby allowing $40,000 to be granted to the following projects:

  • Animal Protection Society’s New Animal Shelter
  • SJICF Women’s Fund Membership Drive
  • Family Resource Center’s Emergency Rental Assistance
  • Family Resource Center’s Island Neighbors
  • Friday Harbor Elementary School’s Inquisitive Children Succeed
  • Island Oil Spill Association’s Improved Oil Spill Response Time
  • San Juan Historical Museum’s Protection for Vintage Thresher
  • San Juan County’s Derelict Vessel Prevention

At the conclusion of the 2016 San Juan County Fair, seven-year-old, Ava Bennett from Lopez Island, reached into the glass jar that held names of all 98 contributors at the Community Foundation’s booth – and drew out the name of Louise Dustrude.  That gave Louise the opportunity to select the nonprofit beneficiary of a bonus $1,000 from the Foundation.  She chose the Family Resource Center’s Emergency Rental Assistance Project to be the lucky recipient.

The Community Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to all who made this annual event so enjoyable – and so successful. Thank you!

SJICF Awards $187,500 in College Scholarships for 2016-17

01 Jul 2016, written by

Recipients 2016

Eleven graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School’s Class of 2016 were awarded scholarships for the 2016/2017 academic year from three different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation.

Inskeep Legacy Scholarship Fund

Uma Hu, University of Victoria, $2,000

Jesse Kolowitz, Pacific Lutheran University, $7,000

Mary McPadden, University of Colorado, $5,000

Madeline Schroeder, Seattle University, $5,000

Luke Stromberg, University of Dayton, $5,000

Thomas Synoground, Washington State University, $8,000

Taylor Turnbull, San Diego State, $5,000

Echo Wood, University of Washington, $4,000

Total New Applicants:          $41,000

The Inskeep Legacy Scholarship Fund was established by a generous donation made by the late Jerry Inskeep who deeply appreciated the helping hand that he received enabling him to attend college.  He left a legacy through the San Juan Island Community Foundation that will provide a permanent source of funds for the education of our island’s students.

SJICF Scholarship Fund

Janelle Wood, Edmonds Community College, $2,500

Rainah Sandstrom, American College Dublin, $10,000

 The SJICF Scholarship Fund was established through generous donations to the San Juan Island Community Foundation to provide San Juan Island residents scholarships for community college, two-year college, four-year college or university, graduate school programs, or vocational/career programs.

John Volk Memorial Scholarship Fund

Nicholas Armstrong, $3,000

Grace Willows, $3,000

The John Volk Memorial Scholarship Fund was established and is administered by the San Juan Island Pilots Association and honors one of our finest citizens who served us all through his tireless volunteer service, both on the ground and in the air.

Inskeep Legacy Scholarship Renewals

In addition to 2016 graduating seniors, the following students were previous recipients of Inskeep Legacy Scholarships and have been awarded another one-year scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Emma Brand, University of Washington, $2,000

Amanda Brast, Seattle Pacific University, $10,000

Otis Cooper-West, University of Washington, $2,000

Melanie Cope, University of Washington, $5,000

Sophia Dillery, Seattle University, $5,000

Kate Fenley, University of Washington, $10,000

Sam Gabler-Brown, Western Washington Univ, $4,000

Isabel Gabriel, University of Washington, $5,000

Genevieve Gislason, Western Washington University, $4,000

Emily Guard, Baylor University, $5,000

Gavin Guard, Whitman College, $5,000

Madeline Marinkovich, University of Washington, $5,000

Sophia Marinkovich, Western Washington University, $5,000

Emma McMain, Pacific University, $4,000

Miranda McPadden, Washington State University, $5,000

Brett Paul, Gonzaga University, $6,000

Isabel Place, University of Washington, $2,000

Samantha Pluff, University of Washington, $5,000

Alaina Scheffer, Western Washington University, $5,000

Madden Shanks, Washington State University, $6,000

Matthew Stepita, Western Washington University, $4,000

Sam Stewart, Gonzaga University, $4,000

Ashton Timmons, Gonzaga University, $4,000

Sierra Truesdale, Western Washington University, $12,000

Ellery Von Dassow, Western Washington University, $4,000

Total Reapplicants:          $128,000

If you would like information about the Foundation’s scholarship funds or would like to contribute to the support of them, you can call the Foundation office at 360-378-1001.

The San Juan Island Community Foundation serves as a non-profit philanthropic umbrella organization helping donors, non-profits and public organizations to achieve their goals through direct grants, organizational assistance and philanthropic resource management.  For further information about the Community Foundation, call 378-1001, log on to www.sjicf.org, write to PO Box 1352, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or, visit the office located at 640 Mullis St. Suite 104.

2016 Grant Application Deadline Dates

16 Nov 2015, written by

2016 Grant Application Deadline Dates: January 11, April 25, June 20, and September 26.  Our process requires a Pre-Application Meeting.  Please call us at (360) 378-1001 to schedule a meeting.  We would be happy to help you through the process.  Thank you!

$46,000 Raised at the County Fair for Nonprofit Projects

21 Aug 2015, written by

Atziry-Draws-a-WinnerThe Community Foundation was once again gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2015 San Juan County Fair when over $32,000 was donated to eight different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair!

The Foundation, in turn, will match those donations up to 50% of the project’s goal amount, thereby allowing almost $46,000 to be granted to the following projects:

  • Animal Protection Society’s new shelter
  • Family Resource Center’s senior household essentials program
  • SJICF Women’s Fund membership drive
  • Friday Harbor Elementary School’s young scholars enrichment program
  • San Juan Preservation Trust for Mount Grant accessibility
  • Spring Street International School scholarships for local middle school students
  • PIMC Cancer Care support programs
  • Friday Harbor Athletic Association for trails at the ball fields

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SJICF Awards $189,500 in College Scholarships for 2015-16

11 Jun 2015, written by

Scholarship Photo 2015

Sixteen graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School’s Class of 2015 were awarded scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year from three different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Read More

Women’s Fund 2014 Grants Total $25,000

11 Dec 2014, written by

Wow!! What a year for the Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund! This group of over 95 women in our community pool their resources and in 2014 through active grant making, have supported the following community programs with grants totaling $25,000: Read More

Annual Report

17 Sep 2014, written by

The Community Foundation’s 2013 Annual Report is available as a PDF file. Click the link to download the report: Annual Report 2013

Banner Year for Caring and Giving at the Fair

28 Aug 2014, written by

The Community Foundation was gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2014 San Juan County Fair when over $31,000 was donated to eight different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair!

The Foundation, in turn, Read More

Scholarship Awards Announced

08 Jul 2014, written by

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce its award of scholarships for the 2014/2015 academic year to former and present San Juan Island high school students. Awards totaled $152,000 and were made to continuing college students, high school students graduating this year, and individuals pursuing career training. Read More

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