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If there was a proven way to triple the odds of a local child going to college while improving their mom’s mental health, would you support it? Good news: You can! After years of study, the Community Foundation launched its Child Savings Account (CSA) program two years ago in partnership with Mercy Housing NW, which provides safe, stable homes...

The Whatcom Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Program (YPP) was created for students to engage in experiential based learning opportunities that foster leadership, technical and critical thinking skills. YPP connects youth to the community through charitable giving. This year the team will focus on learning about youth homelessness and youth mental health challenges that often exacerbate youth...

Earlier this year, the Whatcom Community Foundation partnered with the City of Bellingham to learn together about the needs and challenges of our local small and mid-sized housing and shelter providers. The findings were compiled in the a report in September 2023: Capacity Building for small and mid-sized housing and shelter providers: Needs, priorities, and...

Happy Summer, Neighbors! In keeping with the spirit of optimism that maximum daylight brings, we’re continuing our focus on economic opportunity in Whatcom County with a spotlight on employee ownership. As an option for business owners that brings a variety of both individual and collective benefits, employee ownership offers a lot of upsides. Read on for...

Grant funding for Whatcom County small businesses impacted by last November's historic flooding is now available. Funding comes from the Whatcom Community Foundation in partnership with Western Washington University's Small Business Development Center and the Port of Bellingham and in coordination with the Whatcom Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG). Qualified businesses can apply at Whatcom Community Foundation...