New Project Neighborly Grants Focus on Building Connections and Trust

stone-heart-birchwoodWe believe that the best ideas and decisions come from groups of people with differing perspectives working together. The good news is that our community is filled with a wide range of experiences and viewpoints. Building bridges – and community – can be challenging and messy work. When it happens, it is exciting and infectious. That’s why we’re launching Project… Continue reading

Our Vision for Whatcom County: Everyone Who Lives Here Thrives

web-versioon-of-strategic-planEvery organization needs to periodically step back to take stock, reflect and plan for the future. We just completed this process, and we are excited to share our new strategic framework with you! Our board of directors worked hard over the past several months developing and fine-tuning all of the important pieces of our new strategic framework, including a new… Continue reading

New Board Match Program Connects Community Leaders with Opportunities

intellitonic-director-courtney-ramboWe are thrilled to welcome guest blogger Courtney Rambo, Director at Intellitonic, to share her recent experience with our new Board Match program.




Joining a board of directors is not only a great addition to your resume, but a great way to help shape your community.

The Whatcom Community Foundation launched a new Board Match Program… Continue reading

Whatcom Community Foundation’s New Board Match program Launches in October

This program is now full and registration has been closed.  If you would like to be notified of upcoming opportunities, please email

Do you want to make a difference in our community? Would you like to help a nonprofit organization you care about as member of their board? Are you interested in connecting with new people… Continue reading

IRA Charitable Rollover Permanent Law

IRA Charitable RolloverGood news! As of December 18, 2015, the IRA Charitable Rollover was passed by Congress and signed into permanent law by the President, allowing taxpayers age 70 1/2 or older to transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA accounts directly to charity without first having to recognize the distribution as income.

What is it?… Continue reading

Building Community With More Than $170,000 in Grant Awards!

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2016 Whatcom Community Foundation Competitive Grant Awardees

The Whatcom Community Foundation recently awarded grants totaling more than $170,000 to 31 local charitable organizations. According to Mauri Ingram, President & CEO “In January we invited local nonprofit organizations to tell us how they wanted to make our community better. After a thoughtful review by our grants committee volunteers, we are thrilled… Continue reading

Whatcom Community Foundation Competitive Grant Round is Live!

The 2016 competitive grant round information has been posted! Applications will be due by 4pm on January 11th, 2016.  Click HERE for more information.

RM_JP_KG crop Krista Gordan receives a competitive award from the community foundation’s 2015 competitive round forher work on the Salish Sea Experience, a culminating 4th grade field trip experience to connect… Continue reading