Bridging The Gap In Home Affordability

By Mauri Ingram, President  & CEO of Whatcom Community Foundation

IN THEIR April 25 and May 23  Cascadia Weekly opinion pieces, Sarah Bond-Yancey of Habitat for Humanity of Whatcom County (Habitat) and Dean Fearing of Kulshan Community Land Trust (KulshanCLT) shared perspectives on Whatcom County’s dire affordable housing situation and ways their organizations are working to address… Continue reading

Celebration of Giving 2018

 

Guest Author – Chuck Robinson, Whatcom Community Foundation Board Member and Grants & Programs Committee member  

I’ve been a member of the grants committee since joining the board of the Whatcom Community Foundation in 2014. My experience has been educational, gratifying, and frustrating. It’s been educational in that I’ve learned so much about our community, its needs, and… Continue reading

Youth Philanthropy Project Seeks Curious and Motivated Youth

The Community Foundation invites high school students from around Whatcom County to take part in the Youth Philanthropy Program for the 2018/2019 school year.

This program is open to all and it helps young people develop personal and professional leadership skills while making a difference in our community.  

Participants learn about local needs and work together to distribute… Continue reading

2018 Whatcom Dollars for Scholars and Funds for Whatcom County awards announced

The Whatcom Community Foundation is excited to announce the recipients of its annual Whatcom Dollars for Scholars and Funds for Whatcom County grant rounds.  Together, the programs distributed more than $447,223 to outstanding youth and community partners.

Whatcom Dollars for Scholars: This scholarship program invests in student potential. This year, the program awarded more than $196,000 to 95 local… Continue reading

Equity Summit 2018

WCF guest author – Sam Martinez, Special Projects Associate

My Equity Summit experience started with the Convergence Equity Forum; as part of the Convergence Partnership, we gathered with other funders for an opening day focused specifically on the role of philanthropy in equity work. The Forum was a great way to get oriented and grounded before the main Equity Summit… Continue reading

Advancing Sustainable Business Practices

Guest post by Sam Martinez, Special Projects Associate

For a lot of my life, the word “sustainability” has evoked certain images. Bringing a reusable cup to the coffee shop, turning off the lights when leaving the house, or buying local. While I understood that sustainable practices could be broader in scope than those personal actions, the concept remained elusive. I… Continue reading

What does the new tax law mean for your charitable giving?

At the end of 2017, one of the largest tax reform bills in three decades was signed into law. Among the revisions to the code, there are implications for your charitable giving. As your partner in philanthropy, we are committed to sharing information and resources to help you maximize your philanthropy and minimize your tax bill.

Some key changes to… Continue reading

Threshold Fund: local capital making homes possible for our neighbors

Whatcom County is a beautiful place to live and many are discovering what makes this region so unique. This movement has had an impact on the housing market, creating a spike in housing prices and decreasing moderately priced options, leaving many of our neighbors unable to afford a home. In 2017, Whatcom County median home prices gained over 10% in… Continue reading

Madrona Society – leaving a legacy for Whatcom County

The Madrona tree is deeply rooted in its place. Its roots add stability to the tree’s environment, as Madrona Society members do to our community.

Madrona Society Spotlight: Francis and Dorothy Lang

Dorothy Lang grew up in Ferndale. Her family included some of the early settlers of Whatcom County. Francis (Frank) Lang was born to an immigrant family in… Continue reading

Arch of Healing and Reconciliation

An arch represents a portal, connecting the past with a future filled with opportunity. The Arch of Healing and Reconciliation (Arch) project is a monument honoring people from many parts of the world. Many came to Whatcom County to work in salmon processing plants, lumber mills and coal mines. Their arduous efforts helped our community flourish and yet many immigrants… Continue reading

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