Open a Fund

We want to help to make your philanthropy go even further.

We will work closely with you to choose the type of fund that best fits your charitable goals, and our staff will ensure that your gift is making the greatest impact.  Since 1996, hundreds of individuals, families, businesses and other organizations have used our expertise to making living here even better for all of our neighbors.  

"My giving is more focused, satisfying, and fun because I work with the Community Foundation." - Sybil Sanford, Donor Advised Fund Holder

“My giving is more focused, satisfying, and fun because I work with the Community Foundation.” – Sybil Sanford, Donor Advised Fund Holder

What’s the Right Fit for You? 

Our team will work closely with you to choose the type of fund that best fits you philanthropic goals. You wan to make a difference in the community you love. We can help.

There are many ways to make a difference through a fund at the Foundation:

Hands-on Philanthropy: If you want to be actively involved in giving, a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a great choice. You will get a tax-deduction when you establish and add to your DAF, and then you can make distributions to the charitable organizations you want to support at your own pace, with support from our professional staff. Donor advised giving is typically less costly and easier to administer than other forms of philanthropic giving, such as private foundations.

Futures of Promise: Help remove barriers that stand between deserving young people and the education they need to succeed with a Scholarship Fund. Your gift tells students that their community is invested in their potential, their future and their success. 

Issues that Matter to You: Field-of-Interest Fund allows you to target a favorite cause or issue without having to name a specific charity. You decide the purpose, such as meeting the needs of children, helping the arts to flourish, or protecting the environment, and the Community Foundation identifies projects and organizations that will most effectively accomplish your interests over time.  

Organizations You Love: With a Designated Fund you can provide ongoing support to one or more charitable organizations.

Nonprofits Agency Endowed Funds: Many nonprofit organizations create endowments to establish ongoing, sustainable sources of income.

Opening a Fund:  A minimum initial contribution of $5,000 can create a non-endowed fund. $10,000 is required to create an endowed fund ($25,000 for an endowed scholarship fund.) 

To learn more please contact:  

Rachel Myers, Philanthropic Adviser & Program Manager

Email: rachel@whatcomcf.org  or call us at 360-671-6463