JCF was started in 2005 by a small group of community members who wanted to ensure the future was bright for all who live in Jefferson County. Since then, we have grown to manage almost $2.5 million in assets and in 2020, we expect to make over $1 million in grants. Unlike private foundations, where all of the funds come from a single course like a family or a company, community foundations serve as a home for all charitable donors in a community, informing their strategies and connecting them together. We know the issues and trends in our community, where things are going well and where the gaps are. We share this information with local donors so all of our gifts can build on each other and create real change.
When the community faces new challenges, one of the first steps for many is to connect to JCF.
In the last year, over 1,200 friends and neighbors invested in and through Jefferson Community Foundation because they knew that coordinated charitable giving is what makes the difference between giving money and making change. We have big things to work on together – things like economic development, affordable housing, and youth opportunity. We are a generous community with a crowded nonprofit landscape that can be challenging for donors to navigate. That is where JCF comes in. We guide donors – through social issues, local organizations and tax laws – so you can have more impact by making exactly the right donation at exactly the right moment.
JCF understands the landscape of needs and organizations.
When Bayside Transitional Housing needed to renovate rooms to accommodate more families, they called JCF. When the Connected Students Initiative needed to help over 200 young people get online access to their education, they reached out to JCF. When the Food Banks needed a new generator and boxes to offer curbside pick-up, they came to JCF. When Quilcene Schools needed support for afterschool programs; when the Chimacum School District needed additional counseling services; when Center Valley Animal rescue needed more food for animals they rescued…you got it — they reached out to JCF. We know the needs, the players, the gaps and the opportunities so all of our gifts, as a community, can add up to better lives for everyone who lives here.
We can do more together. Having an active and healthy Community Foundation benefits the entire community.
Jefferson Community Foundation (JCF) is one of more than 800 community foundations around the country, each one dedicated to a different geographic area. Community foundations understand the landscape – trends, obstacles, and opportunities – of community health and, which local nonprofits are focused on which issues. Community foundations keep abreast of what efforts are gaining momentum and creating change, which are not, and where service gaps exist. This knowledge is then shared with donors so charitable decisions can have the greatest impact.
Jefferson Community Foundation connects diverse people, ideas and resources to build a future of opportunity for all in Jefferson County. We serve as hub for our community to:
A diverse and resilient Jefferson County where all people thrive.
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Become part of a network of people working together to help all who live here build thriving and vibrant lives. Your annual sustaining gifts fuel the programs and operations of the Community Foundation. Your generous gifts help make possible:
Capacity-building trainings and tools for nonprofits on topics like Board development, fundraising, and financial management.
Sharing best practices with donors about different approaches to philanthropy (such as family philanthropy or giving circles) and exceptional insights into Jefferson County nonprofits.
Helping JCF maintain a landscape knowledge of nonprofits and philanthropy so each individual donation has greater cumulative impact.
Increasing general operating support so JCF’s professional staff can continue to deliver timely advice and service.
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EIN: 841682682Phone: (360) 385-1729
Mailing Address:PO Box 1394, Port Hadlock, WA 98339
Physical Location:63 Julian Street, Glen CovePort Townsend, WA 98368off Fredericks Street in Glen Cove