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“Philanthropy is a daily practice, encouraging us to appreciate others, use our whole selves to impact our communities, and clearly see the many ways in which we’re able to strengthen our generous hearts, beginning with ourselves.” —Kristen Corning Bedford

In a time when so much is uncertain, we are certain about the care and support of our community. Your generosity this year has been essential, and so appreciated. Thank you!

Your gift today will mean so much. By contributing to help sustain our staffing at 35% of pre-Covid levels, you support us in caring for this beloved land, continuing baseline operations, creating new programs, deepening relations with program leaders, and building team capacity for holding the healing work that is most needed in this time. With your gift, we’ll be ready to ramp up swiftly when it’s once again safe to host transformative programming.

Become a Monthly Donor


When you give monthly, you help steward this land, care for these spaces, and nurture this community.

In this time of collective disruption, we welcome the generous support of all who are inspired and have the capacity to give. A monthly gift of any amount is one of the most significant ways you can care for the land, work, and mission of the Whidbey Institute.

Commons construction is underway! Learn more.

2019-2020 Gratitude Report

As we close out a challenging year, we have so much to be grateful for. We’re grateful for those of you who’ve continued to support the land, and our work to nurture the conditions for transformation, through this season of disruption. We’re grateful to the program leaders and program participants who handled unexpected changes with grace and care—many rescheduling for 2021 and beyond, many adapting to partially or fully online models, and many rolling their program payments foward to apply to future opportunities. We’re grateful to the volunteers who came forward to tend our trails and garden beds during a time of reduced staffing, whether by adopting a trail section or by
participating in socially-distanced work parties. 

We’re so grateful for wise leadership, sound public health guidance, and compassionate communty care. We appreciate the first responders, care providers, essential workers, and social justice leaders who’ve helped our communities immesurably this year. 

In this report, you’ll find the names of donors who gave between January 2019 and June 2020. 

Read our Gratitude Report.

Restoration & Renewal Retreat Fund

“My days on retreat at Whidbey institute were nourishing in every way: a place of complete quiet punctuated only by twitters of sparrows and quail, and the soft hoo-ing of Great Horned Owls at night!”

—Jean M

Donate to Restoration & Renewal Retreats

With your gift of a full or partial R&R Retreat, you give someone access to the healing land, restorative spaces, and nourishing food that the Whidbey Institute is known for. Read more about these retreats here. Each retreat costs $500, and brings one person to the land for four days and three nights of serenity, connection, and nourishment.

When you designate your gift to Restoration & Renewal, you give a retreat opportunity to someone who needs the healing land most. With your support, you help us provide restorative and renewing experiences for first responders, educators, grocery and agricultural workers, BIPOC community organizers, and others doing front-line work in community service and cultural change.

Participants in our 2020 Gala funded 16 Restoration & Renewal Retreats—can you help us raise funds to provide 34 more, touching 50 lives this winter and spring?



Make an In-Kind Donation

We gratefully accept new equipment, supplies, and technology that can help us better steward the land, support our programs, and work more efficiently.

If you are interested in making an in-kind contribution of material gifts or want to make a donation to cover the cost or one or more of these items, please take a look at our wish list to see what we need! Reach out if you’d like to coordinate the delivery of an item, or give online or mail us a check. Be sure to include a memo indicating what you’d like us to purchase with your gift.  


Our spring 2021 garden wish list

  • Weatherproof plant signs: $100
  • Seeds: $200
  • Straw: $100
  • Organic compost delivery: $200
  • Perennial native, medicinal, and food plant starts: $300
  • Garden tools:
    • 5 new Hand clippers: $15-20 each
    • 7 new Hori Horis: $20 each
    • 3 new Digging forks: $30-50 each
  • Apothecary storage cabinet- must have a door that shuts into place fully. Option for locking a huge plus. $TBD
  • Amber Tinted ½ gal or full gallon herbal medicine storage Mason jars: $25 or $30/pack 
  • Working wheelbarrows in very good condition: $TBD
  • Electric wheelbarrow: $1K-2K


Give thanks to our volunteers

Mail us gift cards for local or online stores, restaurants, or service providers. We will give during special events and to our long-term volunteers. 


Make your donation

Call 360-341-1884 to coordinate a drop off of an in-kind gift, mail a check to Whidbey Institute PO Box 57 Clinton, WA 98236, or donate online with the button below. 


One more note . . .

We also participate in AmazonSmile, so when you shop using AmazonSmile with Whidbey Institute as your benefitting organization, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. Click here to learn more.

Consider a Bequest Gift


You can make a bequest to the Whidbey Institute by including language in your will or living trust leaving a portion of your estate, or by designating the Whidbey Institute as a beneficiary of your retirement account or life insurance policy.

Some of the advantages of creating a bequest include:

  • A bequest costs nothing now, yet gives you the satisfaction of knowing you have provided for the Whidbey Institute in the future
  • You retain control of and use of your assets during your lifetime
  • You may modify your bequest if your circumstances change
  • Gifts to the Whidbey Institute from your estate are exempt from federal estate taxes
  • If you let the Whidbey Institute know of your plans, we will be able to thank you now and recognize you as a member of our Nurse Log circle of donors.

For more information about establishing your bequest gift to the Whidbey Institute, or to let us know of your planned gift, please contact [email protected]