Bellingham Youth Philanthropy Program Seeks New Members

Guest blogger Nikhil Harle shares his insights and experience with the Bellingham Youth Philanthropy Program.

In the last two years, it has been a joy to work alongside my fantastic peers and the wonderful staff members of the Whatcom Community Foundation as part of the Bellingham Youth Philanthropy Program (BYPP). The program started as an environmental fund created by two… Continue reading

New Project Neighborly Grants Focus on Building Connections and Trust

stone-heart-birchwoodWe believe 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. Building bridges – and community – can be challenging and messy work. When it happens, it is exciting and infectious. That’s why we’re launching Project… Continue reading

Our Vision for Whatcom County: Everyone Who Lives Here Thrives

web-versioon-of-strategic-planEvery organization needs to periodically step back to take stock, reflect and plan for the future. We just completed this process, and we are excited to share our new strategic framework with you! Our board of directors worked hard over the past several months developing and fine-tuning all of the important pieces of our new strategic framework, including a new… Continue reading

New Board Match Program Connects Community Leaders with Opportunities

intellitonic-director-courtney-ramboWe are thrilled to welcome guest blogger Courtney Rambo, Director at Intellitonic, to share her recent experience with our new Board Match program.




Joining a board of directors is not only a great addition to your resume, but a great way to help shape your community.

The Whatcom Community Foundation launched a new Board Match Program… Continue reading

Help the Ferndale Scholarship Fund Committee Raise Funds at the 8th Annual Shrimp Dinner & Silent Auction

Join the fun and help to raise funds for scholarships at 6pm on Saturday, November 5, at the 8th Annual Shrimp Dinner and Silent Auction! The event is being held at  at the Ferndale Legion Hall, 5537 2nd Ave.

Dinner is $50 per person ($30 is a tax deductible donation) Tickets are limited! Click here to… Continue reading

Whatcom Community Foundation’s New Board Match program Launches in October

This program is now full and registration has been closed.  If you would like to be notified of upcoming opportunities, please email

Do you want to make a difference in our community? Would you like to help a nonprofit organization you care about as member of their board? Are you interested in connecting with new people… Continue reading

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.

What is it?… Continue reading