Community News

See What SJI Nonprofits Are Saying About SJICF

12 Apr 2018, written by

Click below to read how funding from the Community Foundation is helping organizations, like the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, address fundamental needs that will improve all aspects of the organization.

Thanks for San Juan Islands Museum of Art support | Letter

SJICF Spring Newsletter

11 Apr 2018, written by

It’s Scholarship Season! Click here to read SJICF’s Spring Newsletter!

SJICF Women’s Fund Awards $6,000 to Local Nonprofits

13 Mar 2018, written by

Local nonprofits got a boost in funding for their projects after the most recent San Juan Island Community Foundation grant cycle. The Women’s Fund, a donor advised fund of the Foundation, awarded $6,000 to support the following 4 community programs:

  • The San Juan EMT Association “Every 15 Minutes” program
  • The Salish Sea Sciences 2018 Summer program
  • The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild San Juan County Food Hub/Producer Engagement project
  • The San Juan Islands Museum of Art Database and Technology Renovation

Founded in 2003, the Women’s Fund is a group of 126 (and growing) San Juan Island women committed to educating and expanding the pool of women engaged in philanthropy, making a significant impact in our community, and increasing awareness of important issues facing San Juan Island nonprofit organizations.

As the Women’s Fund enters its 15th year, it has granted nearly $200,000 to local nonprofits.

Join us! New members are welcome to join the Women’s Fund at any time during the year. For more information or to join today, please visit or contact Amy Saxe-Eyler, the Women’s Fund Coordinator, at

$50,000 Raised for SJI Family Resource Center!

06 Mar 2018, written by

YOU DID IT! THANK YOU! Matching donations for the SJI Family Resource Center Building Expansion Project, in honor of Joyce Sobel, have exceeded the $50,000 goal! Thank you to the many donors who contributed to such a worthy project in Joyce’s honor. This was raised in just 21 days!

The Community Foundation will continue to fund-raise for this project, and will be posting more details about the building expansion soon.

If you would like to donate now, you can do so online by clicking here; by writing a check to SJICF, PO Box 1352, Friday Harbor, WA 98250; or in person at 640 Mullis St. Suite 104. Please specify that your donation is to be directed to the Family Resource Center Building Expansion project.

Contact Carrie Unpingco, Executive Director, at 360-378-1001, with questions.

Women’s Fund Awards Another $8,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profits

06 Nov 2017, written by

The San Juan Island Women’s Fund is a pooled donor-advised fund of the San Juan Island Community Foundation. For nearly 15 years, more than 100 local women have pooled their annual membership fee of $100 or more to fund local non-profit projects. In October, 6 proposals were selected by Women’s Fund members to share in a total of $8,000 in allocated grant funds. The projects included: Family Umbrella Group (Preschool Scholarships), San Juan Island Family Resource Center (Special Needs Parent Support Group, Kindergarten Kickoff Event and Spanish Language for Human Services Professionals), San Juan Island Library (English Language Learning) and Island Stage Left (Equipment Replacement).

Founded in 2003, the San Juan Island Women’s Fund has a 3-pronged mission: to educate and expand the pool of local women engaged in philanthropy, to combine and build resources in order to make a significant impact in our community and to increase awareness of important issues facing San Juan Island non-profit organizations. To date, the Women’s Fund has donated $217,000 to more than 40 local non-profits via the Foundation’s grant program.

Women’s Funds have been established all over the country to engage women in the power of collective giving. If you want to make an impact through local collective grant-making, consider joining today! You can sign up online by visiting or by calling Carrie Unpingco at the San Juan Island Community Foundation at 360-378-1001. For more information about the Women’s Fund, contact our facilitator, Amy Saxe-Eyler, at or 360-317-8120.

Women's Fund Logo

2018 Grant Application Deadline Dates

27 Sep 2017, written by

2018 Grant Application Deadline Dates: January 15, May 14 and September 17 by 5pm.

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!

Thank You County Fair Donors!

12 Sep 2017, written by

This week, the Foundation has the pleasure of mailing out 180 thank you letters to donors who contributed at this year’s Community Foundation County Fair Matching Grant Program. Look at this stack! This just shows how dedicated and invested islanders are in helping continue to improve and enrich the quality of life on San Juan Island. Thank you to each and every one of you who donated at our Fair booth this year!


$31,757 Raised at the County Fair!

07 Sep 2017, written by

You did it again! Thank you!

The Community Foundation was once again gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2017 San Juan County Fair when $31,757 was donated to nine 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 over $46,000 to be granted to the following projects:

  • Animal Protection Society’s New Shelter Medical Supplies
  • SJICF Women’s Fund Membership Drive
  • Family Resource Center’s Our Island Neighbors
  • Friday Harbor Athletic Association’s Let’s Finish the Ballfields
  • Hospice of San Juan’s Help Sustain Hospice
  • PADs for Parkinson’s Expanding PADs Training
  • Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s Raptor Habitat & Food Storage
  • Island Stage Left’s Housing for the Stars
  • SJICF’s Voc-Tech Education Scholarships

At the conclusion of the 2017 San Juan County Fair, eleven-year-old, Moose Kinsey from Orcas Island, reached into the glass jar that held names of all 120 contributors at the Community Foundation’s booth – and drew out the name of Travis Ayers.  That gave Travis the opportunity to select the nonprofit beneficiary of a bonus $1,000 from the Foundation.  He chose the Friday Harbor Athletic Association’s Let’s Finish the Ballfields 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!

2017 County Fair Match!

03 Aug 2017, written by

All Fair-goers are invited to visit the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s Fair booth next week in the main hall to learn about and boost support of nine special community projects.  The Community Foundation is pleased to match 50 cents on every dollar raised until each project goal has been reached!

The community projects featured are:

  • New Shelter Medical Supplies, Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society
  • Membership Drive, SJICF Women’s Fund
  • Our Island Neighbors, Family Resource Center
  • Let’s Finish the Ballfields, Friday Harbor Athletic Association
  • Help Sustain Hospice, Hospice of San Juan
  • Broadening PADs Training, PADs for Parkinson’s
  • Habitat Repairs & Food Storage, Wolf Hollow
  • House the Stars, Island Stage Left
  • Voc-Tech Education Scholarships, SJICF

You can contribute by cash, check, or credit card or online at during the four days of the Fair.  Nonprofit representatives and Community Foundation staff and Board members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

BONUS!  Names of all donors will be entered in a drawing that will be held on the last day of the Fair.  The winning person will be invited to designate an additional $1,000 to be awarded to any one of the nine featured projects.

Stop by the Community Foundation booth to say hello, make a donation, or learn about the many services they provide.

SJICF Awards $164,000 in College Scholarships for 2017-2018

15 Jun 2017, written by

L to R: Isabella Brown, Nayaleah Tucker-Belt, Andrew Stromberg, Hayden Mayer, Alexa Mora, Beatrice Grauman-Boss, Corbin Williams (Not pictured: Joseph Stewart, Kai Herko, Eli Cooper-West, Griffin Cuomo)

Twelve graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School and one graduating senior from Spring Street International School were awarded scholarships for the 2017/2018 academic year from two different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation.

Inskeep Legacy Scholarship Fund

Isabella Brown, Santa Clara University, $3,000

Eli Cooper-West, University of Washington, $3,000

Griffin Cuomo, Chapman University, $7,000

Beatrice Grauman-Boss , Wellesley College, $3,000

Kai Herko, Clark University, $5,000

Hayden Mayer, Western Washington University, $4,000

Alexa Mora, Central Washington University, $4,000

Joseph Stewart, Gonzaga University, $3,000

Andrew Stromberg, University of Dayton, $4,000

Nayaleah Tucker-Belt, University of Hawaii, $5,000

Corbin Williams, University of Washington, $3,000

Total New Inskeep Applicants: $44,000

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

Blythe Parker, Midwives College of Utah, $4,000

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

John Volk Memorial Scholarship Fund Renewals:

Levi Demaris, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, $3,500

Grace Willows, Georgia Tech, $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.

Marcia L. Zakarison M.D. Scholarship Fund

Isabella Brown, Santa Clara University, $500

Morgan Timmons, Washington State University, $500

This scholarship is provided in the name of Dr. Marcia Zakarison, a local physician, who believed that every young person should have an equal opportunity to receive the best education possible. This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors, on San Juan Island, pursuing a career in human medicine.

Inskeep Legacy Scholarship Renewals

The following students were previous recipients of Inskeep Legacy Scholarships and have been awarded another one-year scholarship for the 2017-2018 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

Isabel Gabriel, University of Washington, $5,000

Emily Guard, Baylor University, $5,000

Sammantha Hopkins, Linfield College, $4,000

Madeline Marinkovich, Western Washington University, $5,000

Sophia Marinkovich, Western Washington University, $5,000

Samantha Pluff, University of Washington, $5,000

Alaina Scheffer, Western Washington University, $5,000

Madeline Schroeder, Seattle University, $5,000

Madden Shanks, Central Washington University, $6,000

Matthew Stepita, Western Washington University, $4,000

Sam Stewart, Gonzaga University, $4,000

Luke Stromberg, University of Dayton, $5,000

Thomas Synoground, Washington State University, $8,000

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

Echo Wood, University of Washington, $4,000

Total Inskeep Re applicants: $108,000    


If you would like information about the Foundation’s scholarship funds or would like to contribute, call Carrie Unpingco, Executive Director, 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, visit, write to PO Box 1352, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or, visit the office located at 640 Mullis St. Suite 104.