Donation Causes

Ferry Queen Fundraiser 2023

Many CIFC community members contributed items to our auction and for their generosity we are incredibly grateful. It is with their support that we can continue to fulfill our mission and bring the magic of summer camp to all of our kids. To the following individuals who contributed to the Ferry Queen Fundraiser 2023, we say “Merci beaucoup”: Aaron Andrews, Alena Harris, Ali Morrow, Clare Lewis, Connie and Joseph Jones, Heather Jasper, Kate Hill, Laura Grove, Laura Sommers, Laura St. John, Margaret Schafer & Ben Straub, Mike & Kate Killigrew, Monrique Hennig, Pearl Mudd, and Sally Rechlin.

Merci beaucoup to the following organizations and businesses that donated to our online auction in support of our Ferry Queen Replacement Fund. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and we hope you know what an impact on our campers you will have.

Ferry Queen Fundraiser 2022

Thank you to the incredibly generous organizations that donated to our Ferry Queen Fundraiser, an online auction in February 2022. We are beyond grateful for your support and could not replace the Ferry Queen without you.

Iliana Reyes and Reynaldo Roel

Help Us Put the Pep Back in Pierre!

From Wednesday, August 18th through Saturday, August 22nd, CIFC has the unique opportunity to raise funds with help from the San Juan Island Community Foundation. We are asking for help in replacing the batteries in our little electric car, affectionately known as “Pierre.”

The San Juan Island Community Foundation will match every donation during the virtual fair. With community contributions of $1000 and a match from the SJICF, we would be able to fully fund Pierre’s rejuvenation. A donation of any amount will go a long way to helping us put the pep back in Pierre. To be matched, donations must be made through the San Juan Island Community Foundation.

donate buttonPierre the electric car is our workhorse; we use it to transport luggage, campers and staff, and construction materials. At five years old, Pierre now struggles to climb the hill of the Champs Elysées, Canoe Island’s main road. We purchased Pierre in 2017 as part of a camp-wide initiative to find greener, more sustainable modes of operation. We hope you will consider a contribution in support of Pierre and CIFC!

Underwater Power Cable Replacement

As both a non-profit and a small business, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a large impact on CIFC. 89% of our revenue comes from event fees and tuition, and we have been forced to cancel the entirety of our spring season. In a normal year, our fees and tuition allow us to cover all of our annual operating expenses and additionally put aside funds in anticipation of large expenses. For the past five years, we have been building a fund to replace the power cable that supplies Canoe Island with electricity. Dr. Austin installed this power cable in 1967 and it has already surpassed its life expectancy. We plan to replace the cable in November of 2021. The project will cost approximately $250,000. Without this power cable, Canoe Island French Camp would not exist.

In 2020, we anticipate that we will not be able to put aside any funds for this project, and we fear we may need to deplete part of our emergency funds in response to the shortfall caused by the pandemic. We are soliciting support from CIFC friends and alumni to help Illuminate the Island.

The cost of the cable itself (aside from permits, excavation, barge fees, and labor) is $12 per foot and the cable is 2200 feet long, making a total of $26,400. A contribution of any amount, from one foot to 2200 feet, will help sustain CIFC through this difficult time. If you are in a position to help, please consider making a donation that will literally keep the lights on for years to come.

50th Anniversary Gala

We would like to acknowledge and thank the big-hearted businesses who made in-kind contributions to our 50th Anniversary Gala. The gala would not have been possible without their support and generosity.





Thanks to generous families and alumni, we have raised over $19,000 in support of our new art facility, the Atelier. Our current Atelier is Dr. Austin’s llama barn, a rustic building that’s open to the outdoors. The new, two-story Atelier will offer a beautiful, enclosed work space for art students as well as a second floor for French classes. These improvements will have a huge impact on CIFC campers for generations to come.

We plan to break ground in September 2017 and have the new space ready for campers in the summer of 2018. At a projected cost of $60,000, we still need your support to raise the roof. Please consider making a donation to our Facility Fund in support of this project.

Donations can be made online here; if you can send a check CIFC will receive the full benefit of your donation. Of course, we can send you a thank you gift if you would like a CIFC memento. Don’t forget to take your receipt to work as your employer might be able to match your gift to double your donation to CIFC.

Together we can make this happen!

256846-youtube-video-graphic-of-atelier-videoIn support of the construction of the new atelier, we asked some of our campers and counselors to share their thoughts about the art program at Canoe Island French Camp and why our campers deserve a new facility. Un grand merci to all our alumni who contributed to this video!

CIFC Scholarship Fund

Each year Canoe Island French Camp offers financial aid to children whose families cannot afford the full tuition. Your donations to this fund help to cover their fees and allow us to welcome a wide variety of fantastic children to Canoe Island French Camp programming.


If you would like 100% of your donation to benefit CIFC, please donate via check. Send checks to PO Box 370, Orcas, WA 98280, and include our printable donation form.

If you are considering a significant donation or are doing estate planning, please contact our Executive Director personally to discuss options for endowment donations, living trusts, or other donation options. Thank you for your support!

*** Please check with your employer to see if your organization offers matching charitable donations!!

801857-ver2-amazonsmiles-banner-for-twitter-jIf you already shop on, consider supporting Canoe Island French Camp by shopping through AmazonSmile. On AmazonSmile, you’ll find the same products and prices as those available on and for every purchase you make, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price to CIFC. It’s free and easy to use, and Canoe Island campers will benefit from the donations! All contributions will support our scholarship fund. Click on the image to the left to learn more.

“I can tell you as a camp parent, she has benefited enormously from the wonderful enriching, inspiring and educational facility you have created on Canoe Island with your camp. Canoe Island French camp has been a unique and treasured experience for our daughter. She often shares her experience with her family and friends, for example; the camp outs, whale watching, camp songs and the amazing food. She grew physically, mentally and culturally from her time at Canoe. She also remains very close to her Canoe friends. To Sarah, Canoe Island is heaven on earth.” ~ Dorothy, Sleepy Hollow, NY