In this interview, Steve Davis describes the history of the emergence of two major organizations that embody charitable giving and philanthropy on Bainbridge Island -- the organization we now call One Call for All, and the entity that grew from its early charitable trust, the Bainbridge Community Foundation.
Steve was the person who was the first to recognize the value in creating a foundation that could help with longer-term and larger scale philanthropic giving in our community. In the 1980s, he saw the possibilities of a small trust that was an adjunct to the annual giving campaign that we now call the annual "Red Envelope" campaign of One Call for All.
Steve shares the story of presenting his idea to Ellen Spencer decades ago, her support, and then joining with Ellen and others on the board of the trust that later grew to become a separate community foundation.
Steve offers anecdotes about early projects for the trust funds -- such as funding the purchase of the used row-on-row sea