In January 1993, a small group of concerned citizens met to discuss ways to raise money for local schools. From this meeting, Leslie Barry Connors, Dr. Heather Carrell, Claudia Fogle and Jane Ritley began researching their options. They believed the problems facing education could be directly linked to the many problems society itself is struggling with. In order to truly benefit children, the problems must be attacked in the broadest sense. This is where the idea of forming a Community Foundation emanated. The founders and subsequent Board Members of Kitsap Community Foundation (KCF) saw that a Community Foundation could serve to not only provide support to address community issues, but that it would serve to assist those committed to philanthropy to provide for community needs in perpetuity through endowments.
KCF prides itself in its donor/investor program, providing a high degree of personalized customer service. With over 40 funds and $4.2M in assets under management (and growing), this non-profit 501(c)(3) is dedicated to improving the quality of life locally by building grant making endowments. The organization maintains its local focus through its leadership and grant making, while simultaneously providing effective vehicles to support philanthropy locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. With the support of our donor/investors, more than $1.3M in grants, contributions, and scholarships have been made through the foundation since 1999.
KCF has had a rich history of volunteerism, which continues today to support the Mission of the organization. A full-time President & CEO and three staff members support the foundation.
Since 2003, the KCF Board of Directors has been committed to meeting strict national standards for community foundations by becoming a member of the Council on Foundations (COF). In January 2007, the COF certified KCF as having met the very rigorous National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations for operational quality, integrity, and accountability.