Programs & Partnerships

When people or groups in our community have a dream, they often come to the Foundation to help make that dream a reality. We provide behind the scenes services that they need to bring a project to fruition and help them to negotiate the challenges that may arise. Working together, we are building a stronger and more resilient community through collaborative partnerships that connect people, ideas, resources, and opportunities for greater impact.

Responding to the needs of local communities, we have joined with local leaders to help build a library, create community spaces, bring locally grown food into our school cafeterias, and so much more. 

Project Neighborly
The Community Foundation shares Mr. Rogers’ enthusiasm. It’s easy to find comradery with others who believe what we believe, look like us and have similar backgrounds. And yet we know that the best ideas and decisions come from groups of people with differing perspectives working together. The good news is that our community is filled with a wide range of experiences and viewpoints. All we need to do is find ways to start those conversations. Building bridges (and community) is challenging, often messy work. When it happens, it is exciting and infectious. That’s why we are excited to launch Project Neighborly 2018.  

Arch of Healing and Reconciliation 
The Arch of Healing and Reconciliation will be erected as a monument to honor the brave immigrants from China, India, and Japan and in recognition of all immigrants who came to America since the 1800’s, seeking better life opportunities for themselves and their families through hard work and determination. To learn more about this project, visit the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation website. You may also donate today to help this project come to life! 

Whatcom Farm to School
Inspiring lifelong healthy eating habits through fresh, local food, while supporting our farmers.

Youth Philanthropy Program
At the Whatcom Community Foundation, we believe that if you teach young people to give, you empower them to change the world. That’s why we launched our youth philanthropy program. 

Prosperity Initiative 
We want to build a community where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. Join us in supporting local beneficial programs and efforts that make people’s lives better in the near and long term by creating paths out of poverty.

Whatcom Futures
Whatcom Futures is a project, led by the Northwest Economic Council,  providing a new long-term vision for the future of Whatcom County that focuses on quality of life for everyone in our community that cuts across the typical silos of economic development, environmental sustainability and equitable access to opportunities.

Holden and Phoebe Goodell Judson Statue Project 
What a better way to celebrate the 125th year of a community that cares than by putting Lynden’s founding family prominantly in Lynden! 

Spotlight: Past Projects

Ferndale Library
Working with generous donors and a wonderful community, the Foundation played a leadership role in bringing this amazing new asset to the heart of the community.

Blaine Pavilion
The Foundation partnered with the City of Blaine, staff of the Blaine Senior Center and Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County to raise funds to build a new pavilion on the east side of the Blaine Community Center, which houses the Senior Center and Boys and Girls Club.