County Fair Giving Campaign raises $213,000 in support of 30 community projects

Posted September 23, 2022 at 9:13 am by

When 30 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions on San Juan Island asked for the community’s help last month, islanders respond­ed in a big way. Near­ly 500 peo­ple came togeth­er to donate over $180,000 in just four days in sup­port of crit­i­cal local projects as part of the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foundation’s 2022 Coun­ty Fair Giv­ing Campaign.

More than $32,000 in addi­tion­al match­ing funds and bonus grants were award­ed by SJICF, bring­ing the four-day giv­ing total to $213,000.

“The impact of the community’s dona­tions will be felt through­out the island,” said SJICF Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Car­rie Unping­co. “From human ser­vices to edu­ca­tion, ani­mal wel­fare, afford­able hous­ing, com­mu­ni­ty health pro­grams, the arts, and con­ser­va­tion – islanders stepped for­ward to sup­port the many non­prof­its that have made it their mis­sion to main­tain and enhance our qual­i­ty of life here on San Juan Island.”

The 2022 Coun­ty Fair Giv­ing Cam­paign was a true com­mu­ni­ty effort, with indi­vid­ual dona­tions rang­ing in size from as lit­tle as $5 to as much as $8,500. Donors also dis­played sup­port for a broad range of orga­ni­za­tions, with near­ly 150 peo­ple choos­ing to con­tribute to more than one project.

As part of their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the cam­paign, each non­prof­it must sub­mit a grant eval­u­a­tion and sta­tus report to SJICF to pro­vide details about the ways in which the dona­tions they received made a pos­i­tive and mea­sur­able impact. The Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion looks for­ward to shar­ing sto­ries about these impacts with the com­mu­ni­ty in the months ahead.

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