Project Neighborly 2018-grant is now closed

Thank you Neighbor!

The Project Neighborly grant window for 2018 is now closed. 

We appreciate your great ideas for strengthening our community and look forward to reading your proposals.  Check back in December for grant awards announcement!


Do you have an idea for how to strengthen community ties?    

Project Neighborly grants help connect people… Continue reading

Project Neighborly: Kendall Kids Cookin’ with Gas!

Andi Browne runs EATery at the Mt. Baker School District’s Kendall Elementary School. Every Thursday, she and her volunteers from the School Garden Committee combine art and food for creative lessons in cooking, nutrition and the power of group effort.

In 2013, the Boston Globe reported that more than 70 percent of children live with two busy working parents… Continue reading

Project Neighborly: Prevent Forest Fires, Spark Neighbor Conversation

Anne Mosness learned the hard way what fire can do to a community when she lost her business in Alaska to a warehouse fire several years ago. So it’s not surprising she is part of Hillside Firewise in Sudden Valley, one of several residents with experience in fire fighting, prevention and education eager to share their knowledge so that wildfire… Continue reading

Project Neighborly: South Fork Speaker Series Helps People Know Neighbors

The South Fork Valley is a sparsely populated corner of Whatcom County. The 8,000 people who live in the area have a variety of jobs and interests. Some live and work there, others commute to Bellingham or beyond. There are retirees and teens, conservatives and liberals, a dozen ethnic groups, and representatives of most major religions. It is not necessarily… Continue reading

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