Field-of-Interest Funds

Field of Interest funds allow people to target a favorite cause or issue without having to name a specific charity. You decide the purpose, such as meeting the needs of children or protecting the environment, and the Foundation identifies projects and organizations that will most effectively accomplish your interests over time.

If you are interested in setting up a Field of Interest fund, please call us at 360-671-6463.

Paul and Ann Hanson Fund for the Environment
supports environmental activities and organizations in Whatcom County (Endowed)

Ann & Paul Hanson

Both Paul and Ann Hanson grew up in Bellingham, and the two shared a deep appreciation for our area’s natural beauty and wildlife. Salmon fishing, wild blackberry picking, birdwatching, beachcombing, and boating marked their seasons and filled the canvases of Ann’s watercolors. 

No surprise then that the couple wanted to help protect and celebrate our county’s wild spaces and species – which they did by creating the Paul and Ann Hanson Fund for the Environment.

Since Ann and Paul’s fund was established, proceeds of more than $55,000 have been put to work across the county; they’ve expanded volunteer capacity at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, provided Mountain School scholarships to underserved Whatcom students, supported local food, gardening and farming efforts, protected the shellfish harvest in Portage Bay, improved the Nooksack Loop Trail and made possible a range of outdoor adventures for young people throughout Whatcom County, from bay and beach outings to expeditions along our creeks, rivers and woodland trails with Wild Whatcom, Bellingham Public Schools, Whatcom Parks and Recreation and ReSources. So far, ten organizations have received grants from the (endowed) Hanson fund, with the promise of more benefits to land, sea and our community in generations to come.

Gary and Ann Blanken Fund
supports activities in two fields: arts and culture and the environment (Endowed)

Blythe Cole-Busch Fund for Literacy Development
support of Whatcom Literacy Council (Endowed)

CMA Fund
supports activities in two fields: youth and families and arts and culture. (Endowed)

Jeanne & William Carroll Youth & Families Fund
supports activities related to youth and families (Endowed)

Craig & Sue Cole Endowment Fund for Mental Health
supporting mental health research, training, programs and/or services for the benefit of children, youth and young adults in Whatcom County via the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health (“the Department of Psychiatry”)

David Edward Fund
grantmaking support for people living with mental illness (Endowed)

Equity Endowment
supporting social justice and equity

Equity Fund (Non-Endowed)
supporting social justice and equity

Fairhaven Fund
supports non-routine maintenance and public art in Fairhaven Village Green and historic Fairhaven

Flavors of Whatcom Ethnic Food Festival Fund
to provide funding for the first five years of the festival celebrating cuisines from the numerous cultures represented in Whatcom County

Barbara Austin Foote Memorial Fund
supports arts and cultural activities (Endowed)

Brian & Marya Griffin Community Fund
supports capital projects benefiting the Arts, Culture and Community Advancement in Whatcom County (Non-Endowed)

Immigrant Rights Relief Fund
The Immigrant Relief Fund is currently being used to support detainees and their families affected by the August 29, 2018 ICE raid that occurred in Bellingham. (The Fund may be used in response to future actions that occur in Whatcom County) Your gift to the Relief Fund will help families buy essentials like groceries, medicine and gas, stay in safe, stable housing, and get the assistance they need.

Immigrant Rights Bond Fund
The Immigrant Rights Bond Fund is currently being used to support detainees and their families affected by the August 29, 2018 ICE raid that occurred in Bellingham. (The Fund may be used in response to future actions that occur in Whatcom County.) Bond Funds are anticipated to be repaid and will be re-loaned as needed. Your gift will help detainees return to their families, neighborhoods and jobs as they wait for trial.

Immigrant Rights Legal Defense Fund
The Immigrant Rights Legal Defense Fund is currently being used to support detainees and their families affected by the August 29, 2018 ICE raid that occurred in Bellingham. (The Fund may be used in response to future actions that occur in Whatcom County.) Your gift to the Legal Defense Fund will make it possible for detainees and their families to get the legal counsel and representation necessary so that they can exercise their legal rights related to detainment and/or other issues that arise as the result of detainment such as financial challenges.

Lee and RaVae Luckhart Arts & Culture Fund
supports arts and cultural activities and organizations in Whatcom County (Endowed)

Lee and RaVae Luckhart Environmental Fund
supports environmental activities and organizations in Whatcom County (Endowed)

Mary Snapper Fund
Funding for projects supporting children with special health care needs who are at elevated risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and require health related services

Northwest Catalyst Fund
funding for technical assistance to Northwest Innovation Resource Center Client Entrepreneurs as well as start-up loan capital for those clients eligible for a Fund-guaranteed loan

Pitts Sportsmen’s Fund
support for education and building awareness of outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, boating, and firearm safety for youth in Whatcom County (Non-Endowed)

Project Neighborly
Project Neighborly invites ideas to, you guessed it, foster neighborliness. Rural or urban, event or art installation, the possibilities are endless. We are doing our best to make it as easy for all types of groups (not just nonprofits) to participate.

Resilience Fund
grantmaking for disaster preparedness and support

South Fork Community Fund
supports community-building activities in the area around the South Fork of the Nooksack River (Endowed)

Torno & Crosby Foster Children Transition Support Fund
grantmaking to support Whatcom County projects that focus on supporting foster care youth ages 17-19 who are transitioning out of the system. To be used for housing, education, food and other needs to help as they start out.

Whatcom Arts & Culture Endowment Fund
supports activities in the general fields of arts and culture (Endowed)

Whatcom Endowment for the Environment
supports activities in the general field of the environment (Endowed)

Whatcom Farm to School Grants Fund
Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Whatcom Nonprofit Sector Fund
provides support to strengthen the Whatcom County nonprofit sector as a whole

Whatcom Youth & Families Endowment Fund
provides support for activities serving youth and families (Endowed)

Liam Wood Environmental Fund
was established in memory of Liam Wood to provide support for activities in the general field of the environment (Endowed)

Youth Philanthropy Project (Non-Endowed)
to provide an opportunity for high school students to learn the joys and responsibilities of charitable giving and to truly make a difference by recommending grants to environmentally-focused organizations in Whatcom County

Youth Philanthropy Project Endowment
to provide an opportunity for high school students to learn the joys and responsibilities of charitable giving and to truly make a difference by recommending grants to environmentally-focused organizations in Whatcom County