Community-Funded Cabin Campaign

Together we build! Will you help us fund a Live Edge Cabin together?

  1. Contribute to a Community-Funded Cabin

Join us in funding one Live Edge cabin at our 501(c)(3) educational non-profit learning center. The cabin you help fund will provide space for life-changing experiences for up to 100 participants per year!

$45,000 covers cabin site prep, cabin construction by local artisans, installation of utilities, cabin finishing, and furnishing with responsibly sourced materials.

Recognizing Your Gift

Your gift of any size will be recognized in these ways: 

  1. All donor names will be listed and permanently displayed inside your community funded cabin!
  2. All donors will be honored in our annual Gratitude Report.

Additionally, your gift of $45 or more qualifies you for these opportunities:

  1. Weekly drawings through December for cool gifts from the Whidbey Institute and small business owners in our community.
  2. A final drawing February 9, where one donor will win an overnight stay alone or with a friend in the community funded Live Edge cabin.

The donor making the largest single gift to this campaign prior to February 9, will have a unique opportunity to name the cabin, selecting a bird name from among several provided choices.

The Whidbey Institute

The Whidbey Institute is an educational non-profit with a mission to cultivate place, nurture community, and co-create experiences which grow our human capacity for compassionate, courageous action. Our guiding purpose is to serve as a home for ongoing inquiry, learning, and transformation in response to the unprecedented challenges of our time. Our 108 acre campus has been a home for transformational learning since 1972. 

Who We Serve

For over 20 years, we’ve co-created vital learning experiences for up to 1,500 residential program participants a year, led intimate and cutting-edge conferences for up to 100+ people at a time, hosted emerging programs, supported growing youth programs, and convened enriching events with the local community. Whidbey Institute serves individuals and organizations from Whidbey Island, the immediate Puget Sound region, the State of Washington, across the country, and around the globe.

The individuals and organizations we serve are part of a broad network cultivating leadership capacity, ecosystem vitality, and community resilience across many topics. Those we serve wear many hats: emerging leaders of change organizations, local community, youth, corporate and organizational leaders, program leaders who lead multi-day development retreats, and program participants from all ages, regions, and walks of life. All are united by their commitment to engage the critical challenges of our time in generative, life-affirming ways.

About This Campaign

Cabin building begins November 2017 and concludes in February 2018. The cabin will provide comfortable, nurturing housing for program participants experiencing learning and connection, bring in $50,000 in earned income annually, and allow us to direct future donations to scholarship support and new program development.  


Cabin building is one aspect of Phase 1 in Whidbey Institute 2020, a four-year, $4.5 million capacity-building initiative. Together, we’re creating a home for more transformational learning by scaling our facilities up to meet the needs of the individuals and organizations we serve. WI2020 means creating capacity for ongoing, life-serving work.

Funding of the cabin will bring an additional 100 people to Whidbey Institute and Whidbey Island each year, while the full WI2020 campaign will add 1,250 annual engaged visitors to our learning center. 

WI2020 Campaign Components

Legacy Forest Acquisition: Aggregates our 108 acre campus and updates conservation easements throughout.

Heartland Improvements: Scales our main campus facilities up to meet current and near-future demand.

Storyhouse and Youth Campus Upgrades: Supports youth and young adult camps and provides space to prototype new programs.

“There are so many of us who are committed, and who care. It’s about growing that, and it’s about normalizing that caring about life, and our future, and who we are as human beings, and all life on the planet, is not only normal—it’s the most important thing for us to be engaged in right now.” —Heather Johnson, Whidbey Institute Executive Director

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