About the Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale
Since 1960, the annual Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale has raised nearly $5 million for service projects. Tons of gently used items are Reused/Reduced/Recycled every year. It’s also a community volunteer effort that raises a lot of money.
Residents don’t have to look far to see those funds at work.
One-third of the proceeds are allocated to the club’s Major Projects Fund, which may accumulate from year to year. Over the years, that fund has helped build and expand the Library, Bainbridge Commons, Boys & Girls Club, the Don Nakata Pool, the storage barn at Helpline House and Rotary Gateway Park.
The other two-thirds of funds raised are spent each year for ongoing community programs, international work, and smaller projects. Rotary 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 and Rummage Sale expenses are kept remarkably low, so the vast majority of money raised can go to service projects and programs.