Programs & Partnerships

When people or groups in our community have a dream, they often come to the Foundation to help make that dream a reality. We provide behind the scenes services that they need to bring a project to fruition and help them to negotiate the challenges that may arise. Working together, we are building a stronger and more resilient community through collaborative partnerships that connect people, ideas, resources, and opportunities for greater impact.

Responding to the needs of local communities, we have joined with local leaders to help build a library, create community spaces, bring locally grown food into our school cafeterias, and so much more. 

The Millworks
The Whatcom Community Foundation is working with local partners to develop this community benefit project at Laurel Street and Cornwall Avenue, the gateway to the new Waterfront District. The project features a local food campus, while integrating public assets such as a center for employee ownership, childcare facilities and workforce housing. Combined, these elements will play a crucial role in the waterfront redevelopment, support economic growth and foster prosperity on multiple fronts.

Food Security Task Force and Farm-to-Freezer Project
The Food Security Task Force (FSTF) addresses six key factors of food security, ranging from production to policy. Based on our extensive work supporting local food and agriculture, Whatcom Unified Command asked Whatcom Community Foundation to convene the Covid-19 Food Security Task Force, (FSTF), which comprises more than 25 organizations.

Arch of Healing and Reconciliation 
The Arch of Healing and Reconciliation is a lasting monument honoring the brave immigrants from China, India, and Japan and all immigrants who came to Whatcom County since the 1800’s. Many seeking better life opportunities for themselves and their families through hard work and determination. To learn more about this project, visit the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation website. You may also donate today to help this project come to life! 

Impact Investing
Impact Investing (also known as Mission-Related Investing) is an exciting, flexible approach to financing programs and projects that have the potential to make communities healthier, opportunity-rich places for everyone. It includes a range of investment types that align with and advance the mission of an organization or an individual.

Whatcom Farm to School
Inspiring lifelong healthy eating habits through fresh, local food, while supporting our farmers.

Youth Philanthropy Project
At the Whatcom Community Foundation, we believe that if you teach young people to give, you empower them to change the world. That’s why we launched our youth philanthropy program. 

Board Match
Whatcom Community Foundation’s Board Match program is designed to encourage new leaders from the community to learn more about what it means to be a successful board member, and to connect them with opportunities to engage in board service with an organization that is important to them.

Prosperity Initiative 
We want to build a community where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. Join us in supporting local beneficial programs and efforts that make people’s lives better in the near and long term by creating paths out of poverty.

Whatcom Futures
Whatcom Futures is a project, led by the Northwest Economic Council,  providing a new long-term vision for the future of Whatcom County that focuses on quality of life for everyone in our community that cuts across the typical silos of economic development, environmental sustainability and equitable access to opportunities.

Holden and Phoebe Goodell Judson Statue Project 
What a better way to celebrate the 125th year of a community that cares than by putting Lynden’s founding family prominantly in Lynden! We hope to have the recognition piece for this project in place by Fall of 2019.

Spotlight: Past Projects

Ferndale Library
Working with generous donors and a wonderful community, the Foundation played a leadership role in bringing this amazing new asset to the heart of the community.

Blaine Pavilion
The Foundation partnered with the City of Blaine, staff of the Blaine Senior Center and Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County to raise funds to build a new pavilion on the east side of the Blaine Community Center, which houses the Senior Center and Boys and Girls Club.