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Hidden no more: Designated funds and field-of-interest funds

Most attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors are well-aware of donor-advised funds and the reasons behind their popularity. Especially when a donor-advised fund is established at Whidbey Community Foundation, this vehicle is an excellent way for your clients to organize their charitable giving and get even more connected to the causes they care about. 

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WCF Welcomes Two New Board Members

Whidbey Community Foundation is excited to welcome Jason Joiner and Jeff Natter to our Board of Directors. Jason is based in Central Whidbey and is a VP of Commercial Banking at People’s Bank; he also serves on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and the Oak Harbor Rotary Club. Jeff is based in South Whidbey; he most recently served as the Executive Director of Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority in Seattle before retirement, and also serves on the curriculum committee of Leadership Whidbey and on the board of OutRight International. Welcome Jason and Jeff!

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Giving a business to charity: Stack the odds in your client’s favor

Despite recent reports of a 55% decline in charitable giving by the top 50 U.S. donors in 2022, high profile giving by donors associated with well-known businesses has maintained its place in the limelight, even amid recent market volatility and tenacious concerns about inflation and interest rates. Recent examples abound, including last year’s gift of Patagonia by founder Yvon Chouinard; the well-reported generosity of philanthropists Melinda French Gates and MacKenzie Scott; and the portion of the proceeds, potentially worth $5 billion, from the eventual sale of Subway restaurants that are set to flow to a charitable foundation.

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Whidbey Community Foundation Conducts Nonprofit Needs Assessment

Whidbey Community Foundation is conducting an online nonprofit survey to evaluate the needs of local organizations while learning more about the work they do, the people they serve, and how to best support them. This survey is part of WCF’s continuing effort to direct funding and support where it is most needed and will have the greatest impact.  

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2023-2025 Strategic Plan

In the second half of 2022, the WCF board and staff came together to reflect on our purpose and look ahead to how we will achieve our vision. We are pleased to present our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan, which includes strengthening nonprofits, increasing grantmaking impact, and reaching donors with more options to leverage their philanthropic interests. For instance, we plan to increase our Annual Grant Cycle from $125,000 to $150,000 in 2023 and are thrilled to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Whidbey Island this year.

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