Let's Make Whatcom County Better, Together.

The Community Foundation was founded in 1996 with one purpose: to improve life right here in our corner of the world 

We hope you will become part of the Foundation. Our family of dedicated, generous and forward thinking donors is making a difference in our community every day. When and how you give is up to you. You can make a gift today, become part of our Madrona Society by including the Foundation in your estate planning – or both. It is easy to get started. You can establish a fund with the Foundation in about an hour.


“We’re excited to be a part of the Foundation – it’s an adventure in building and strengthening our community. What could be more thrilling?”
– John & Joyce Pedlow

Our staff will work closely with you to set up a fund that will allow you to achieve maximum impact in the areas that matter to you. The Whatcom Community Foundation is home to more than 150 separate funds – each with a unique purpose, each created by a visionary individual, family, nonprofit or corporation.

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“Community is extremely important to us, and we appreciate everything the Whatcom Community Foundation does to strengthen and enhance our community. That’s why we joined the Madrona Society.”

How do you want to be remembered? Like dozens of your neighbors, you can make a lasting difference in the community you love by including the Community Foundation in your will or living trust. 

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Whatcom Nonprofit Network: Supporting a Vibrant Nonprofit Sector

Whatcom Nonprofit Network: Supporting a Vibrant Nonprofit Sector

We believe a healthy and vibrant nonprofit sector is critical to keeping our community strong. Read more.

Project Neighborly Grants Under Review!

Project Neighborly Grants Under Review!

Explore our online Project Neighborly grant catalog by clicking "Give Now" at the top of the page! Read more.


Virginia "Virgie" Boal Hayden: Leaving a Legacy

Virgie's legacy gift says a lot about what she loved. What do you love? Read more.