146 Local Students Awarded $160,000 in Scholarships

Scholarship recipients at the May 12th scholarship celebration.


With the help of dozens of generous donors, 146 young people received scholarships to help them move forward with their education.  Those who attended the scholarship awards ceremony on May 12th at Bellingham High School were incredibly impressed with the students and the diversity of their plans for the future.… Continue reading

GiveBIG today!

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GiveBIG Today – May 5th!

Today, we come together, as true champions, to help via GiveBIG. Be part of the Day of Champions and GiveBIG to make the region stronger and more vibrant than ever.

Today’s one-day, online charitable giving event was created to inspire people to give generously. With each credit card donation made to the more than 1,600… Continue reading

Compass Health Builds Their Endowment Fund to Support Local Mental Health Services

Child_w_Client_CompassHealthThe goal of Compass Health (Formerly known as Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Services) is to provide the best and most effective behavioral healthcare for individuals in need, allowing their clients the opportunity to live  happy, healthy lives full of purpose. As an organization, Compass Health recently decided to reinvigorate their endowment fund at the Community Foundation with a new… Continue reading

One of Our Favorite Days of the Year

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Pamela Jons, Mauri Ingram, Saul Weisberg (NCI Executive Director), and Rachel Myers enjoy the Grantee Awards.

Our annual Grant Awards event on March 26th ranked once again as one of our favorite days of the year. Together with our grantees and donors, we celebrated the many different programs and projects that are making our community a better place to… 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

Spreading Some Holiday Cheer!

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Every year our staff and board contribute Christmas trees, ornaments and lights for all of the families living at Dorothy Place. This morning some of our staff members had the opportunity to deliver them. What a great way to start the day!

Beautiful New Ferndale Library Now Open

We are elated to announce that the new Ferndale Library opened to the public on October 29! The parking lot was packed all day long, and there were more than 3,000 items checked out that day. Congratulations to all of the partners and donors who worked so hard to make this project happen. 

The visitors to the… Continue reading

A Generous Community Supports the Whatcom Center for Philanthropy


The construction continues at the Whatcom Center for Philanthropy, as we look forward to moving in to our new space in October along with the Chuckanut Health Foundation and United Way of Whatcom County.  Community partners have been incredibly generous as we work to create an office that is as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible, with meeting space… Continue reading

Whatcom Center for Philanthropy: Building Community. Together.

Thanks to the support and creative thinking from Washington Federal Bank, three leading philanthropic organizations in Whatcom County will co-locate in the Bank’s Bellingham regional headquarters this fall.

United Way of Whatcom County, Chuckanut Health Foundation (CHF) and Whatcom Community Foundation (WCF) will move into the 4400+ squarefoot Whatcom Center for Philanthropy, sharing the second floor of the downtown Washington… Continue reading

New Scholarship Fund Honors Hannah Dashiell


The Whatcom Community Foundation is proud to announce a new endowment fund has been created to support the Hannah Dashiell Memorial Scholarship.  Generous friends, family members and loved ones continue to build this fund, which will provide a scholarship each year to a promising young woman who plans to enter the medical field. Hannah’s parents, Dennis &… Continue reading