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…
“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
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
At the end of 2017, one of the largest tax reform bills in three decades was signed into law. Among the revisions to the code, there are implications for your charitable giving. As your partner in philanthropy, we are committed to sharing information and resources to help you maximize your philanthropy and minimize your tax bill.
Some key changes to… Continue reading
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
The Madrona tree is deeply rooted in its place. Its roots add stability to the tree’s environment, as Madrona Society members do to our community.
Madrona Society Spotlight: Francis and Dorothy Lang
Dorothy Lang grew up in Ferndale. Her family included some of the early settlers of Whatcom County. Francis (Frank) Lang was born to an immigrant family in… Continue reading