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. 

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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

Building Community Through Grantmaking


P1010503 The Whatcom Community Foundation recently awarded grants totaling more than $205,000 to 37 local charitable organizations. Mauri Ingram, President & CEO shares,“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 to support these projects focused on collaborations… Continue reading

WA First Lady Trudi Inslee Visits Whatcom County

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Cheryl Thornton of Cloud Mountain Farm Center leads the tour of their farm and the new food processing facility.

Washington’s First Lady, Trudi Inslee, paid Whatcom County a visit in March, to learn more about our Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), and the innovative work being done to strengthen our local food system by increasing the availability and consumption of… Continue reading

Steve Swan Joins the Foundation Board

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We are thrilled to welcome Steve Swan, Vice President for University Relations at WWU, to our Board of Directors. Steve and his wife Karen moved to Whatcom County three years ago from Wisconsin where he was the Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Steve also founded the company “Ultimate Sports Apparel,” was the assistant men’s… Continue reading

Phillips 66 and Mike Hammes Honored for Outstanding Philanthropy

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Each November the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington Chapter joins national and international colleagues to honor and support the efforts and passions of philanthropic leaders and the organizations they serve. Selected from nominees located throughout Washington, two of this year’s group of honorees came from Whatcom County: Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery for Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation, and Mike Hammes /… Continue reading

Bellingham Scholarship Recipient, Hannah Truong, Receives National Honor


Last February, while Hannah Truong was finishing her senior year at Squalicum High School, she applied for local scholarships through the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Whatcom Dollars for Scholars program. Hannah was one of 83 graduating seniors from Whatcom County high schools to receive a scholarship last year. The online application process also gave Hannah access to national scholarships. One of… Continue reading