Community Partnerships

Food Security Task Force and Farm-to-Freezer Update

What if we could ensure a market for local farmers and feed our food-insecure neighbors in one program? That’s the Farm-to-Freezer project in a nutshell, and it’s just one idea cooking in the Food Security Task Force, convened in late March by the Community Foundation at the request of Whatcom Unified Command.

While the focus is on responding to the… Continue reading

Extraordinary Generosity Builds Resilience – An Update from Mauri

Extraordinary. That word – with all its positive and negative connotations – keeps popping up in conversation. In the positive column, thanks to people like you making generous gifts to the Resilience Fund, more than $550,000 is now in the hands of more than 20 nonprofit partners working hard and working creatively to address the many and varied impacts of… Continue reading

Whatcom County Philanthropies Work Together to Respond to COVID-19

The Chuckanut Health Foundation, United Way of Whatcom CountyLhaq’temish Foundation and the Whatcom Community Foundation are mobilizing philanthropic resources in response to COVID-19.

“While the scope and scale of needs – financial and otherwise – resulting from COVID-19 are still unclear, we know that they will be significant,” said Peter Theisen, CEO… Continue reading

Dear Whatcom County: We love you. Let us count the ways.

It’s census time friends; time to stand up and be counted. Which is why we are delighted to introduce you to the Whatcom Complete Count Committee (WCCC), a volunteer census support effort established by tribal and local governments, community leaders and organizations—including Whatcom Community Foundation— to ensure that every person on tribal lands and in all jurisdictions across Whatcom County… Continue reading

The power of a safe, stable home

Telegraph Town Homes July 2019

When Maggie Orozco and her three kids move into their Telegraph Townhome next spring, they’ll be one of Whatcom County’s first eight families to benefit from the Threshold Fund, a revolving construction loan guaranty established at the Community Foundation in 2017. The fund is the brainchild of Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County and Kulshan… Continue reading

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

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

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

Local partnership brings Shriners Outreach Clinic to Whatcom County Families

Cory Landers

Families that discover their child has a neuromuscular or skeletal problem face daunting challenges: learning about their child’s condition and navigating a complex healthcare system, as well as accessing and paying for the care and treatment their child’s needs. Thankfully in our region, Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Portland (Shriners) helps to address those challenges. Perhaps best known… Continue reading