About our Foundation

About Olympic View Community Foundation

The mission of Olympic View Community Foundation is:

“To promote and apply philanthropic contributions that improve and enhance the Sequim-Dungeness Valley community’s quality of life, now and for future generations.”

We accomplish this by:

  • Serving as a leader, catalyst and resource for philanthropy
  • Providing flexible and cost effective ways for donors to benefit non-profit organizations
  • Creating the Community Fund and providing strategic local grants in the Arts and Culture, Community Development, Education and Training, Environment and Conservation, Health and Human Services, and Animal Welfare.
  • Building endowments to help meet future community needs
  • Bringing together community leaders and constituencies to help identify and solve community problems in a creative, sensitive and timely manner
  • Providing technical support, funding referrals, grants management and other services to donors, non-profit organizations and the community at large.

Modest Beginnings

The Olympic View Community Foundation (SCF) is a non-profit Washington corporation located in Sequim. SCF was formed as an outgrowth of the accomplishments of the Sequim 2000 group, which was formed in 1995 as a division of the Chamber of Commerce. The original purpose of the group was to raise funds to support the beautification of Sequim, which was undergoing a downtown renaissance. The Sequim 2000 VISA card, sponsored by Sound Community Bank, was the original source of funds and this continues to provide funds (1% of charges is given to the foundation to support grants to local community-based organizations).

Incorporated in September 2000, the focus of SCF was the growth of organized philanthropy to encourage and enrich the quality of life in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Primary funding for the foundation’s Community Grants program comes from Sound Community Bank’s ‘Sequim 2000’ VISA credit card. From 1997 through 2011, SCF has given 114 grants to 42 local organizations, totaling $303,205. Volunteer board members of the foundation assist the community, administer the local grants program, manage the donor funds and more.

Major Milestone

In the spring of 2011, SCF with Sound Community Bank, hosted a celebration for the achievement of a major milestone. Sound Community Bank has donated $300,000 to the Sequim community through the Foundation from 1% of expenses from the Sequim 2000 VISA card holders since 2000.

In January 2011, SCF achieved the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations and was awarded certification by National Council on Foundations.