Our Mission is to amplify the force of philanthropy by connecting people, ideas and resources so that communities flourish

If the fund you would like to donate to is not listed below, you can use the Search field at the top of this page to look it up. If you would rather send your gift via check, please indicate the fund name in the memo section, make payable to Whatcom Community Foundation and send to 1500 Cornwall Ave, Ste 202, Bellingham, WA 98225.

If you have questions, please contact us at (360) 671-6463 or contact Missy Belles via email.

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Fund Name Description
Mission Investments
Threshold Fund

The Threshold Fund is designed to put philanthropic dollars to work by guarantying construction loans for affordable housing projects. As a result, your gift helps to significantly reduce the cost of capital which means more affordable homes are built for less money. That means more safe, stable homes for more of our neighbors. Even more exciting, the funds can be used over and over again. More homes, more families, lives changed for the better.

The Threshold Fund is a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity of Whatcom County, Kulshan Community Land Trust and the Community Foundation. Habitat and KushanCLT came to the Community Foundation with a great idea and invited the Community Foundation to be a part of it.
Operating Funds
The Leadership Fund Your gift to the Community Foundation Leadership Fund supports our innovative programs and services which are focused on building a stronger and more resilient community through collaborative partnerships that connect people, ideas, resources, and opportunities for greater impact.
Child Savings Account Program
Ride C2C for Whatcom Community Foundation As a part of their epic "Ride C2C" Doug & Robin Robertson are raising money for the Whatcom Community Foundation because they absolutely LOVE where they live. To use their words, "We want to support the good people who do good work in our home county to help keep it the most beautiful place on earth. The Community Foundation helps to connect people, ideas, resources, and opportunities for greater impact."
Grantmaking
Fund for Whatcom County to support thoughtful, responsive grantmaking in Whatcom County
Fund for Whatcom County (Endowed) to support thoughtful, responsive grantmaking in Whatcom County
Grantmaking by Field of Interest
Immigrant Relief Fund A number of Whatcom County families were affected by the recent Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) action that resulted in at least 16 people being detained (reports of the total number of detainees vary). Individuals and families affected face bond and other legal expenses, income disruption and trauma, particularly for children. Your gift to one or more of the Immigrant Rights Funds will make a meaningful difference for these families.

The Immigrant Relief Fund is currently being used to support detainees and their families affected by the August 29, 2018 ICE raid that occurred in Bellingham. (The Fund may be used in response to future actions that occur in Whatcom County.) Your gift to the Relief Fund will help families buy essentials like groceries, medicine and gas, stay in safe, stable housing, and get the assistance they need.
Immigrant Rights Bond Fund A number of Whatcom County families were affected by the recent Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) action that resulted in at least 16 people being detained (reports of the total number of detainees vary). Individuals and families affected face bond and other legal expenses, income disruption and trauma, particularly for children. Your gift to one or more of the Immigrant Rights Funds will make a meaningful difference for these families.

The Immigrant Rights Bond Fund is currently being used to support detainees and their families affected by the August 29, 2018 ICE raid that occurred in Bellingham. (The Fund may be used in response to future actions that occur in Whatcom County.) Bond Funds are anticipated to be repaid and will be re-loaned as needed. Your gift will help detainees return to their families, neighborhoods and jobs as they wait for trial.
Immigrant Rights Legal Defense Fund A number of Whatcom County families were affected by the recent Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) action that resulted in at least 16 people being detained (reports of the total number of detainees vary). Individuals and families affected face bond and other legal expenses, income disruption and trauma, particularly for children. Your gift to one or more of the Immigrant Rights Funds will make a meaningful difference for these families.

The Immigrant Rights Legal Defense Fund is currently being used to support detainees and their families affected by the August 29, 2018 ICE raid that occurred in Bellingham. (The Fund may be used in response to future actions that occur in Whatcom County.) Your gift to the Legal Defense Fund will make it possible for detainees and their families to get the legal counsel and representation necessary so that they can exercise their legal rights related to detainment and/or other issues that arise as the result of detainment such as financial challenges.
Project Neighborly Fund Project Neighborly invites ideas to, you guessed it, foster neighborliness. Rural or urban, event or art installation, the possibilities are endless. We are doing our best to make it as easy for all types of groups (not just nonprofits) to participate.

Resilience Fund grantmaking for disaster preparedness and support
Whatcom Arts and Culture Endowment Fund in support of competitive grants in the Arts and Culture field of interest.
Whatcom Endowment for the Environment supports grantmaking to environmental causes in Whatcom County
Whatcom Youth & Families Endowment Fund supports grantmaking for youth and families in Whatcom County
Youth Philanthropy Project to provide an opportunity for high school students to learn the joys and responsibilities of charitable giving and to truly make a difference by recommending grants to environmentally-focused organizations in Whatcom County
Whatcom Farm to School Grants Fund

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites.

Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.
Youth Philanthropy Project Endowment to provide an opportunity for high school students to learn the joys and responsibilities of charitable giving and to truly make a difference by recommending grants to environmentally-focused organizations in Whatcom County
Project
Arch of Healing and Reconciliation Project The Arch of Healing and Reconciliation will be erected as a monument to honor the brave immigrants from China, India, and Japan and in recognition of all immigrants who came to America since the 1800s, seeking better life opportunities for themselves and their families through hard work and determination. If you would like to give via check, please make check payable to Whatcom Community Foundation with Arch of Healing and Reconciliation Project (AHAR) in the memo section and mail to: Whatcom Community Foundation, 1500 Cornwall Avenue, Ste 202, Bellingham, WA 98225
Scholarships
Bellingham Scholarship Fund Bellingham Scholarship Fund of Whatcom Community Foundation to provide scholarships to high school seniors graduating from any Bellingham high school to pursue post-secondary education
Ferndale Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to Ferndale high school seniors to pursue post-secondary education
Whatcom Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to Whatcom County high school seniors to pursue post-secondary education
Other Funds