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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

Helping Our Neighbors as We Face the COVID-19 Crisis

The Community Foundation Board is putting $100,000 into the Resilience Fund to start helping our neighbors address the affects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Resilience Fund is our community’s bounce-back fund. It’s here to help anyone and everyone —individuals, families, nonprofits, businesses—recover from a crisis or disaster through a combination of emergency preparedness investments and response funding.

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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

Library love lives on

GEORGE & BOB

George Muldrow and Bob Bragg met in college in the 50’s and spent the next 63 years teaching, creating art and building their lives together until they passed away within three months of each other in 2017. Throughout their lives they gave major gifts, including many scholarship funds, in honor of various family members. But they also… Continue reading

Together We Can Make the Dream of Home Ownership a Reality

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…

Immigrant Relief: The Stories

 “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

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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

Celebration of Giving 2018

 

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

Funds for Whatcom County 2018 Awards

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

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