Contributing to the Threshold Fund advances affordable housing solutions in Whatcom County; providing social, economic, educational and environmental returns to our community. It’s a pathway for our exceptionally caring community to come together. Generating a transformational opportunity one child, one family, one neighborhood and one city at a time. Read more…
Project Neighborly grants spark ideas about how we can all become better neighbors. They make the necessary resources available to bring them to life. Your enthusiasm for more neighborly communities, from the water to the mountains and between our international and county borders, combined with your energy and ingenuity will result in more area residents being neighborly –… Continue reading
“I felt so alone in the Detention Center. I couldn’t believe that people in my community were working to help me. I’m so grateful for help paying my bond, I never thought that would be possible. I know I would be murdered if I was deported.” – Bellingham neighbor, upon release from the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center
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 who are working to make a difference?
If you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, you may be interested in Board Match, a program of… Continue reading
Everyone who lives here thrives. That is the Community Foundation’s vision. We value every person that lives here.
Immigrant and Customs Enforcement conducted a raid in Whatcom County on August 29th that resulted in 16 to 28 people being detained, taken to the Tacoma detention facility or to another facility further away. Family separation has profound and lasting consequences that… Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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