Contributions that support a lifetime

Children's House sees itself as a quiet but critical part of the construction of a healthy social infrastructure. Studies show that the experiences of a child's first five years of life will have greater impact on the child and his or her society than at any other time in a person's life. The money invested in creating a healthy toddler and preschool-age child will be repaid multiple times as she/he moves toward and through adulthood. Your contribution small or large is an investment in you, your descendant's and your community’s future. There are many ways to designate your giving.

Your contribution dollars really do make a difference to the families of Children's House. Help us meet our year-end fundraising goal so we may continue supporting teachers and staff, support facility improvements and provide materials and supplies. (Read our letter here.)


Children's House exists as it does today in great part due to the vision and groundwork laid by founder Sandra Starr, who died in August of 2017. A certified teacher, Sandy imagined a place where young children could develop more fully in a safe and inspirational way, "through a creative curriculum rich in discovery and exploration."  This play-based philosophy is still current and its success radiates throughout our community in its graduates.  

Friends of Sandy, alumni and parents of Children’s House, who would like to honor Sandy, may make a donation in her name to Children’s House. Money will be used for a variety of needs, from parent and staff enrichment to the Lavender Farm restoration.  Contributions can be by check to Children's House at 36 Pea Patch Lane, Eastsound, WA 98245 or received online with a credit card. 


The Children's House board of directors has created an endowment fund for the organization. The fund addresses three significant long term issues:

1) The need to maintain, but not increase tuition.
2) The need to compensate valued employees with a living wage.
3) The need to provide scholarships to deserving families.

The Fund will provide a permanent source of annual funding to respond to these issues by distributing to the Children’s House Operating Fund 1% of its current value every quarter.

Working with the Endow Orcas Campaign, Children's House has developed a Case Statement for Legacy Gifts to OICH.  This collaborative work with Endow Orcas is ongoing.

Cash contributions to the Endowment Fund are greatly appreciated and may be mailed directly to Children’s House. Because Children's House is structured as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your contributions are  tax-deductible. Our federal tax id is 91-0929364.

If you would like to discuss giving appreciated securities or including the Endowment Fund in your financial and estate plan, please email our Executive Director, Ady Walker, or call (360) 376-4744.

Please read our Board Resolution that establishes the Children’s House Endowment Fund and our Investment Policy Statement. These documents establish the fund, ensure that the fund principal cannot be used for operations, and guide the types of investments permitted. 

36 Pea Patch Lane | Eastsound, Washington 98245 | 360.376.4744
Orcas Island Children's House is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, and all contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
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