Glenn and Janice Butler have lived and raised their three children in Whatcom County since 1994. They opened a donor advised fund at the Whatcom Community Foundation as a way to support our common goal of encouraging philanthropy. They felt that it was an easy way to set up family giving in advance with “one check tax planning.” With the help of community members working with the Board of Directors, the Foundation distributes grants based on community needs, opportunities and, in the case of donor-advised and designated funds, donor goals. Thanks to a growing pool of funds, we are able to make grants to improve Whatcom County’s quality of life through literacy programs, violence prevention, environmental education, service learning projects, youth and family services, community arts programs and much more. Janice serves on the Mount Baker Theatre Board as well as the Campaign for the Arts Board while Glenn serves on the Whatcom Community Foundation board. Glenn says, “We have seen first hand the opportunities that funds maintained at the Foundation have encouraged and supported. Indeed, we are often supporters through both our time and our money on those opportunities.” Hats off to our philanthropy partners like Glenn and Janice for investing in our community.