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.


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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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Momentum Fellowship Opportunity at Whatcom Community Foundation

We are thrilled to partner with Philanthropy Northwest as a part of their Momentum Fellowship program this year. The Momentum Fellowship is designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities. Fellows will be placed in two-year full-time positions at host foundations.

Recruitment has… Continue reading

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

Bellingham Youth Philanthropy Program Seeks New Members

Guest blogger Nikhil Harle shares his insights and experience with the Bellingham Youth Philanthropy Program.

In the last two years, it has been a joy to work alongside my fantastic peers and the wonderful staff members of the Whatcom Community Foundation as part of the Bellingham Youth Philanthropy Program (BYPP). The program started as an environmental fund created by two… Continue reading

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