At times, the most crucial task involves establishing connections and addressing gaps that were previously overlooked.
Help anyone and everyone in our community — individuals, families, nonprofits, businesses—recover from a crisis or disaster through a combination of emergency preparedness investments and response funding. The Resilience Fund is our community’s bounce-back fund. Currently, the Resilience Fund is supporting our neighbors in rebuilding and recovering from the flooding events of November, 2021, as well as building the fund to ensure our communities’ are better prepared for our next disaster.
Youth Philanthropy Project
Help high school students develop personal and professional skills needed by the next generation of community leaders. With staff support, students form a leadership committee to review grant proposals and make funding decisions. They learn about local issues affecting Whatcom County and distribute funding that benefits environmentally focused organizations.
Funding for youth grant making comes from an endowment for the environment started by two high school seniors who biked more than 1,200 miles around Washington State; they raised $14,324.31 and gifted it to the Whatcom Community Foundation to start an endowment for youth philanthropy, which is now over $50,000.
The Equity Fund
Investments from the Equity Fund move us closer to a community that works for everyone, illuminating where we can do better and bringing more opportunities within reach for those who have long experienced barriers. Your gift is helping create a sense of belonging, a community where everyone feels safe and welcome.
Fund a Local Organization you LOVE ♥
We are proud to manage the following agency endowments for these Whatcom County nonprofit organizations.
Arch of Healing and Reconciliation Project
The Arch of Healing and Reconciliation is a monument honoring people who came to Whatcom County from many parts of the world to work in salmon processing plants, lumber mills and coal mines. Their efforts helped our community flourish and yet many immigrants faced hostility and violence. Chinese, Indian and Japanese immigrants in particular were targeted and forcibly removed from the city in 1885, 1907 and 1942. The monument stands near the Bellingham Public Library across from city hall. Funds donated today support a college scholarship fund for the children on Whatcom County immigrants and developing an annual international food festival in Bellingham.
Fund for Whatcom County
Donations support thoughtful, responsive grantmaking in Whatcom County.
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