Project Neighborly: Outside the Bubble

What does it mean when 200 people apply to have dinner with a stranger?

For Bellingham Herald Executive Editor Julie Shirley the meaning is clear: in the wake of a divisive election, people in Whatcom County are eager to meet someone outside their sphere.

The Herald used a Project Neighborly grant to fund a series of dinners in area restaurants… Continue reading

Biking -and Giving – Coast to Coast!

Robin and Doug Robertson like to think big – when it comes to health, travel AND philanthropy.  They are about to embark on a ‘bucket list’ item where they will ride their bikes from Bellingham to the farthest point away in the continental US. This epic journey begins this summer.  They will bike from corner to corner, coast… Continue reading

Project Neighborly: Tea for thirty-two times two

Neighborliness is about getting together in a special way. 

Tea is always an occasion. But high tea for 32 Lummi Island schoolchildren and their elder neighbors on Valentine’s Day? That’s a full-fledged party with hats, gloves, mustaches and manners. The event, along with the pen-pal relationships that led up to it, was supported by a Foundation Project Neighborly grant.… Continue reading

Our Community Report: Connecting People, Ideas & Resources for 20 Years

We are proud to share our new Community Report with you!

A generation ago, a group of people—neighbors who cared about this place and everyone in it—founded the Whatcom Community Foundation. They didn’t talk about ‘risk capital’ or ‘social return on investment’. They just rolled up their sleeves and got straight to the business of asking (and doing something about)… Continue reading

Happy Valley neighborhood says “Yes! In My Back Yard!” with Project Neighborly event

Please welcome guest blogger Carol Dellecker who is sharing a little about her experience at the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association’s Project Neighborly event, “YIMBY – Yes, in my back yard!” on April 28 & 29. Carol is a board member at the Whatcom Community Foundation and a proud resident of the Happy Valley neighborhood.


With the support of… Continue reading

Project Neighborly: Dancing at the Library

“I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the country under regulations as would secure their safe return in due time.” —Thomas Jefferson (1809)

“Connecting our community with… Continue reading

A Closer Look at Project Neighborly

Please meet Alan Friedlob, a photographer who has lived in Birch Bay for the last 14 years. We’ve asked Alan to document the inspiration and experiences of the Foundation’s Project Neighborly investments, which are designed to build new relationships among people with differing views and experiences, develop a sense of community and promote neighborliness throughout Whatcom County. Through Alan’s striking… Continue reading

More than 30 Innovative Community Projects Supported by the Fund for Whatcom County

RecreationNW receives a grant for their Parkscriptions project

With help from many local donors, the Whatcom Community Foundation (WCF) awarded $220,000 in grants this year from the Fund for Whatcom County. The infusion of resources will bring thirty-one distinct local projects to life over the next 12 months.

President & CEO, Mauri Ingram, remarked “We are committed to creating a… Continue reading

We’re Hiring!


We are thrilled to announce that we will be adding a new person to our team!  We are looking for a an Office Administrator to join us in our work to amplify the force of philanthropy – by connecting people, ideas, and resources – so that communities flourish.  Read on for more details!

Position: Office Administrator

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Whatcom County Gets Neighborly

Whatcom County residents got creative in response to the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Project Neighborly. Thirty local organizations received grants ranging from $360 to $5,000 for projects designed to increase connections and build trust among area residents. As a new grant opportunity launched in early November 2016, Project Neighborly funding supports inspiring projects and activities that develop a sense of community… Continue reading