About the Auction & Rummage Sale
Since 1960, the annual Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale has raised over $7.4 million for service projects. It’s a unique and revered community event that involves the generosity of over 4,000 donors, the tireless efforts of over 120 Rotarians and more than 1,400 Volunteers, and over 5,000 satisfied customers. One hundred percent of the money raised is reinvested by the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island in our community and beyond.
Residents don’t have to look far to see those funds at work.
Approximately one-third of the proceeds are allocated to the club’s Large CommunityProjects Fund, where funds may accumulate from year to year. Over the years, that fund has helped build and expand the Library, the Bainbridge Commons, the Boys & Girls Club, the Don Nakata Pool, the storage barn at Helpline House and Rotary Centennial Park, Waypoint and Rotary Field Park.
The other two-thirds of funds raised are spent each year for on Community Grants to nonprofit organizations, Scholarships, International Humanitarian Projects and other worthy causes. For Community Grants, the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island invites funding requests from schools and non-profit groups, evaluates the requests, and makes allocations as funds permit.
Thanks to in-kind donations by local businesses and volunteers, Auction & Rummage Sale expenses are kept low, so the vast majority of money raised can go to service projects and programs.
This diagram represents the process that is this Community Event.