Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation

Connecting People Who Care with Causes That Matter

aka SCAF   |   Stanwood, WA   |
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Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation

EIN: 91-6036846


Our vision is to build a vibrant, caring, "hometown" community where people can be proud to live, work and play. We achieve this through facilitating projects that enhance our community, providing non-profit leadership, and supporting education.

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Executive Director

Beverly Pronishan

Main address

PO Box 1209

Stanwood, WA 98292 USA

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Subject area info


Community improvement

Population served info



Economically disadvantaged people


NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Stanwood-Camano is a rural community spanning two counties and neglected by both. Because of the lack of city and county human services provided locally, the nonprofit community has stepped into the gap to provide desperately needed services with very little city or county financial support. While this situation is slowly beginning to change, it places a tremendous pressure on local nonprofits who have risen to the occasion through greater collaboration and cross-support.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Scholarship Program

The Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation manages four different scholarship programs throughout the year to support community education. Over 200 scholarships are awarded annually including high school scholarships, adult scholarships, middle school music grants, and college-in-the-classroom scholarships.

Population(s) Served

SC Give is the Stanwood Camano community's local Giving Tuesday event. It is a 24-hour online giving event hosted by the Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation to celebrate and support giving and local philanthropy. Starting at 12:00 a.m. on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Stanwood and Camano Island residents unite for 24 straight hours to give to a variety of projects that provide basic needs and enhance the quality of life in our community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Emergency responders
Retired people

Making Life Work is a local collective impact initiative that brings 20+ local nonprofit organizations, businesses, and public agencies together to identify unmet needs in the community and create lasting, collaborative solutions. Current areas of focus are transportation, mental health, and kindergarten readiness.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents

Related Program

Community Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Scholarships all sponsored by local individuals, families, businesses, and charities.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Young adults, Older adults

Related Program

Community Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1) Strengthening the community through project funding.
2) Strengthening the community through non-profit leadership.
3) Strengthening the community through educational opportunities.
4) Strengthening the community through facilitation of community initiatives.

Project Funding:
1) We provide matching funds for capital projects of significant community impact.
2) We provide emergency assistance for nonprofits facing expenses that couldn't be foreseen, can't be covered from their own reserves, and for which they don't have time to fundraise.
3) We provide capacity building grants for nonprofits that are trying to grow to the next level.
4) We provide a platform for fundraising through an annual Giving Tuesday campaign for local nonprofits.
5) We provide general community grants.

Non-Profit Leadership:
1) We provide workshops for nonprofits and their boards.
2) We lead combined marketing efforts to build awareness of resources.
3) We lead combined grant efforts and provide grant resources.
4) We provide funding for ongoing collective resources such as our online community resource hub.

Educational Opportunities:
1) We facilitate a community scholarship program that provides over 250 scholarships to graduating high school seniors each year.
2) We facilitate an adult scholarship program for adults needing further education to better compete in today's workforce.
3) We facilitate a music grant program for middle school music programs.

Fiscal Agency and Facilitation of Community Initiatives:
1) We provide fiscal agency services for new nonprofits.
2) We provide funding and facilitation for collective impact initiatives.

The Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation is the second oldest community foundation in the State of Washington. Founded in 1960 by local community leaders, the Foundation has always attracted a highly qualified and professional board of trustees who have been able to lead the organization through its many stages of growth. The board of trustees continually assesses the needs of the community and responds to those needs through targeted programs and services.

The Foundation is unique among local non-profits in its strong connection to the business community, to public agencies, to other nonprofits, and to the philanthropic community at large. We are able to marshal these resources to work together to meet community needs.

In 2015 we introduced SC Give, an annual online Giving Tuesday event for the local nonprofit community. The pilot program in 2015 raised $29,000 for local nonprofits. This grew to $88,890 in 2020.

The high school scholarship program grew from $150,000 in locally supported scholarships in 2015 to $308,000 in 2022.

An annual community grant fundraising event was introduced in 2017 and has provided $25,000 to $30,000 in additional community grants per year.

In 2017 we facilitated a collective impact initiative designed to help families in poverty become self-sustaining, and to enable the children to meet educational milestones and be set up for future success. We brought together 17 cross-sector partners to discuss how best to help local families out of poverty, and together designed and created a comprehensive, long-term mentoring program that partnering organizations are directly involved in supporting through their time and services. In 2018 we secured a three-year United Way grant in the amount of $210,000 per year to fund the program.

In 2021 we secured a substantial three-year grant to increase kindergarten-readiness in our local Birth-PreK population. One of our objectives is to increase access to early education tools, programs, and resources for all families. Since we know that means meeting children where they are at, whether at home, in childcare, or in a preschool environment, we are taking a multi-pronged approach to be able to benefit as many children as possible.

Some of the projects that are planned include: Providing educational toys, books, workbooks and support to childcare providers to increase early learning results in those environments; Ensuring existing preschools have the materials and support they need to produce measurable results; Providing on-site enrichment programs that include trained early learning professionals visiting and spending time with children weekly on structured learning activities; Provide off-site enrichment programs such as educational field trips that provide children with diverse learning experiences.

We continue to assess community needs and design innovative programs to involve the community in meeting those needs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 47.26 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $2,218 $20,774 -$17,188 $15,183 $19,124
As % of expenses 0.7% 4.7% -3.5% 2.2% 3.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $2,218 $20,774 -$17,188 $15,183 $19,124
As % of expenses 0.7% 4.7% -3.5% 2.2% 3.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $285,918 $3,734,321 $685,390 $749,090 $924,489
Total revenue, % change over prior year 4.8% 1206.1% -81.6% 9.3% 23.4%
Program services revenue 2.4% 1.1% 3.7% 7.5% 5.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.1% 11.0% 10.2% 11.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 97.4% 98.8% 85.3% 88.1% 55.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% -5.8% 28.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $299,359 $445,833 $495,875 $689,622 $603,478
Total expenses, % change over prior year 29.4% 48.9% 11.2% 39.1% -12.5%
Personnel 13.3% 13.0% 12.2% 8.9% 8.7%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.2% 0.4% 2.6% 4.2%
Occupancy 1.4% 0.9% 0.8% 0.6% 0.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 81.9% 79.5% 82.2% 81.2% 82.4%
All other expenses 3.4% 6.3% 4.2% 6.7% 4.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $299,359 $445,833 $495,875 $689,622 $603,478
One month of savings $24,947 $37,153 $41,323 $57,469 $50,290
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $324,306 $482,986 $537,198 $747,091 $653,768

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 7.3 92.3 88.4 10.0 12.8
Months of cash and investments 7.3 92.3 88.4 75.0 95.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.6 2.3 1.6 1.4 2.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $181,613 $3,429,945 $3,654,607 $574,504 $646,097
Investments $0 $0 $0 $3,735,623 $4,168,405
Receivables $0 $125 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 28.6% 0.5% 0.9% 1.2% 1.7%
Unrestricted net assets $64,136 $84,910 $67,722 $82,905 $102,029
Temporarily restricted net assets $65,581 $237,392 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $3,089,836 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $65,581 $3,327,228 $3,553,708 $4,177,456 $4,630,032
Total net assets $129,717 $3,412,138 $3,621,430 $4,260,361 $4,732,061

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Beverly Pronishan

Bev joined the Board of Trustees of SCAF in 2008 and became Executive Director in January, 2013. Bev was President/CEO of a business consulting firm in Bellevue prior to moving to Camano Island in early 2000. Before that, she was Senior VP of Marketing & Strategic Planning for a manufacturing company in Everett. Before entering the non-profit sector her background was primarily in early stage development of rapid growth start-up companies.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

David Hayes

Snohomish County

Bob Cole

Law Office of Cole & Gilday

Jerome Burnett

Langabeer McKernan Burnett & Co. P.S.

Laura Byers

Coastal Community Bank

Ian Gleadle

Professional Photographer

Chuck Durland

Retired, Nonprofit Sector

Dave Hayes

Snohomish County

Elaina Dulaney


Jennifer Satterfield

Collins Aerospace

Alex Thoreen


Patrick Clark

Retired, Medicine

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/9/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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