Whidbey Community Foundation Provides Bridge Loan to South Whidbey Commons As Part of Its New Impact Investing Initiative, Helping to Reinvigorate a Langley Favorite

South Whidbey Commons Cafe & Books (the Commons), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in downtown Langley on Whidbey Island, recently received a bridge loan from the Whidbey Community Foundation (WCF) as part of WCF’s new impact investing initiative. With the bridge loan, the Commons is building a bold new vision for its café, gathering space(s), workforce development program, and the organization as a whole.

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The Whidbey Affordable Housing Fund

Whidbey Community Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with JADE Craftsman Builders in creating a field-of-interest fund for the community—the Whidbey Affordable Housing Fund. To start, this fund will make grants to nonprofit organizations working on affordable housing on Whidbey Island. JADE made the first donation to the new fund.

People who live and work on Whidbey are facing increasing challenges in finding affordable housing. When teachers, restaurant workers, farmers and so many others struggle to afford a place to live on the island, it affects the entire community.

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Whidbey Community Foundation Open Call for Board Candidates

Whidbey Community Foundation is growing and embracing the next stage of impact through relationships, trust, and community. It’s more vital than ever to have broad community participation and diverse voices at the table to help guide our grantmaking, steward the community funds entrusted to us, and lead our strategic work.

We’re pleased to announce that we’re openly seeking community members to serve on our Board of Directors. This opportunity is a great way to inspire local philanthropy and support the Whidbey community you love. Please consider whether this may be a good fit for you, nominate yourself, and help us spread the word to your networks!

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WCF Awards Over $206,000 to 40 Nonprofits in 6th Annual Grant Cycle

Whidbey Community Foundation is excited to announce it has granted awards to 40 nonprofits from its 6th Annual Grant Cycle. Grants this year were focused on four categories: Arts & Culture, K-12 Education, Human Services, and an Open Area. This year WCF received over 89 applications totaling more than $715,000.

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Have an Impact on the Future of Your Community

Growing the Whidbey Community Foundation

Last December, when Whidbey Community Foundation learned we were one of the only areas in the northwest part of Washington state where kiddos ages 0-5 weren’t yet able to receive free monthly books delivered to their homes, we said “Sign us up!” Our mission at the community foundation is to improve the quality of live on Whidbey Island—and early learning has been a strategic part of our work since we became the fiscal sponsor of our local early learning coalition “Partners for Young Children in Island County.” In less than a year since we have become affiliates of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, over 1,200 kids on Whidbey ages 0-5 are now receiving free books to their homes each month! This is all made possible by our generous donors who keep this program going.

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