IRA Charitable Rollover Permanent Law

IRA Charitable RolloverGood news! As of December 18, 2015, the IRA Charitable Rollover was passed by Congress and signed into permanent law by the President, allowing taxpayers age 70 1/2 or older to transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA accounts directly to charity without first having to recognize the distribution as income.

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Whatcom Community Foundation Competitive Grant Round is Live!

The 2016 competitive grant round information has been posted! Applications will be due by 4pm on January 11th, 2016.  Click HERE for more information.

RM_JP_KG crop Krista Gordan receives a competitive award from the community foundation’s 2015 competitive round forher work on the Salish Sea Experience, a culminating 4th grade field trip experience to connect… Continue reading

Readers Care Fund Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Over $100,000 in Giving


A check presentation to Project Hope from 2011.

Celebrating 10 years of generosity, the Readers Care Fund is kicking off another season of generosity to help our neighbors in need.  With the help of caring community members, the Readers Care Fund will support key community groups that provide basic needs.  Gifts made to the Lynden Tribune Readers Care… Continue reading

Blaine Pavilion On Track to Open in January

Community leaders celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Blaine Pavilion.

Community leaders celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Blaine Pavilion.

In past years the Blaine Boys and Girls Club faced a dilemma when poor weather prevented them from providing programs outside. They would either serve kids in “shifts” or face the undesirable option of turning kids away from the Club.  Early in 2016, that will be no longer be… Continue reading

Chuck’s Big Ride = Creative and Fun Philanthropy


On his way!


More than 80 people gathered at the Fairhaven Village Green for Chuck’s send-off celebration on June 15.

When Community Foundation board member Chuck Robinson told us last year that he intended to ride his bike from Bellingham to Galva, Illinois to attend his 50th High School Reunion, we thought that was a pretty audacious and admirable… Continue reading

146 Local Students Awarded $160,000 in Scholarships

Scholarship recipients at the May 12th scholarship celebration.


With the help of dozens of generous donors, 146 young people received scholarships to help them move forward with their education.  Those who attended the scholarship awards ceremony on May 12th at Bellingham High School were incredibly impressed with the students and the diversity of their plans for the future.… Continue reading