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
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.
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
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
Whatcom Farm to School Fund

Farm to School enriches the connection between families, local farmers and fresh, healthy food 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 kids and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.


Now you can buy, read, cook, eat AND give locally, thanks to Bellingham authors Misha and Vicki Collins, who are donating a portion of the proceeds from their family mealtime cookbook, The Adventurous Eaters Club, to the Whatcom Farm to School Grants Fund. Bon Appetit!


Please click on the IndieBound link to support your independent local bookstore.
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 The Resilience Fund is helping nonprofits that are working on the front lines of COVID-19 response, helping our community's most vulnerable people with emergency assistance, such as financial support, healthcare, and childcare.

From May 27 through June 15th, 2020 there is a $25M contribution in funds to match new donations (which includes donations to the Resilience Fund), dollar for dollar, up to $1 million per unique donor, from All In Washington. To read more about this effort or if you are interested in making a gift to support other geographical areas in our state or organizations as a part of All In WA relief efforts, please visit allinwa.org. If you would like your donation matched, please follow instructions for All In Washington Match when you make your online gift.
Whatcom Arts & Culture Fund supports activities in the general fields of arts and culture
Whatcom Food Security Fund supports projects and programs to ensure our neighbors have reliable access to the affordable and nutritious food they need
Whatcom Fund for the Environment supports activities in the general field of the environment
Whatcom Nonprofit Sector Fund supports activities that strengthen the nonprofit sector in Whatcom County
Whatcom Youth & Families Fund supports grantmaking for youth and families in Whatcom County
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 (Endowed) to support thoughtful, responsive grantmaking in Whatcom County
Program
Whatcom Coalition for Environmental Education Fund
Each color represents an ESE organization. The width of connecting chords represents the amount of shared schools.

The Whatcom Coalition for Environmental Education Fund supports a Coalition of schools and environmental educators in achieving equitable access to environmental and sustainability education. The goal is for every child to experience the significant positive benefits of environmental sustainability education and graduate with the environmental literacy and academic success to create a healthier and more sustainable world. The Coalition collaborates across sectors — including community organizations, businesses, tribal institutions, agencies and schools — to increase equity and collective capacity, develop new partnership models, and create coordinated pathways for PK-12 environmental education in Whatcom County. Through the collective efforts of a caring professional community of educators and funders, future generations will have the resilience and knowledge to address society's biggest challenges.
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
Designated
Whatcom Unified Command Fund Your gift will help the team at Whatcom Unified Command respond to COVID-19 by marshalling resources, connecting and coordinating services across organizations and jurisdictions and more.

To mail a donation: Please make checks payable to Whatcom Community Foundation and mail to: 1500 Cornwall Avenue, Ste 202, Bellingham, WA 98225

Donations to Whatcom Community Foundation are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS. The Community Foundation's tax identification number is 91-1726410 and is registered with Secretary of State, State of Washington, Charities Division.

To make an online donation, please use this online form below:
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