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Ways to Give

WCF / Ways to Give


We invest in partnerships, nonprofits and projects that tackle community challenges, help meet critical needs and improve the quality of life for all of our neighbors. We pool donations from neighbors like YOU - and fund the promising efforts that make Whatcom County work for all.

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Our role at the Whatcom Community Foundation is to help make your gift to the community possible.

Give Online

Gifts can be made 24-hours a day – visit our Give Now Page to give to your community through the Whatcom Community Foundation.

Give by Mail

Please make your check payable to Whatcom Community Foundation with any designation in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to our office at:

Whatcom Community Foundation
1500 Cornwall Ave, Suite 202
Bellingham, WA  98225

Gifts of Stock

A contribution of appreciated securities can produce significant tax savings for you and help you be more philanthropic than you thought possible.

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Pass Through Gifts & Grants

You can make a single gift to the Whatcom Community Foundation, and work with us to divide your support amongst the organizations you seek to support. For some donors, this service simplifies their tax reporting and/or allows donors to remain anonymous (if desired).

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Gifts via Qualified Charitable Distribution or Required Minimum Distribution

If you are 70.5 or older and would like to submit a charitable gift via your retirement account, please consult with your tax advisor.

You will need to do two things. First, submit your paperwork through your broker to initiate your QCD gift. Second, please provide us with advance notice of your gift by filling out our Online QCD Form (please note QCD’s cannot be designated to a donor advised fund per IRS regulations).

Gifts of Real Estate

Real estate represents the largest asset class in the United States, comprising 43 percent of America’s total wealth, yet only 3 percent of total charitable giving comes from such gifts.

Please contact Brad Tuininga at to learn more about working with WCF to make gifts of real estate.

Estate Giving | Leave a Bequest

You can make a lasting difference in the community you love by working with the team at the Community Foundation to actualize your philanthropic plans in the future.

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“We’re excited to be a
part of the Foundation
– it’s an adventure in
building and strengthening
our community. What
could be more thrilling?”

– John & Joyce Pedlow