Corporate Giving

Together we can do more, so much more.

Note: WECU will be revising its approach to charitable giving in 2019.
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Whether it’s supporting a good cause or providing financial education resources where they are needed, WECU is deeply committed to its mission of making a meaningful difference in the lives of its members and the communities that we serve.

Through programs like our award-winning United Way campaign, support of Lydia Place, which provides transitional housing to families in need, and financial support of numerous organizations throughout Whatcom County, WECU is all in.

If you’d like to request a donation from WECU, please review the following:

2018 Donation Request Guidelines

  • Organizations requesting funds must allocate the support in Whatcom County.
  • Requests must conform to our mission of addressing health, education, and community concerns.
  • Projects that are identified must address a strong need in our community.
  • Applicants must be organizations, school districts and post-secondary education institutions with tax exempt status 501c3 or 170(b)(1), other government entities and/or tribes.
  • Applicant agrees that it does not unlawfully discriminate in its employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or the delivery of programs or services, based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity/expression, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please note that WECU receives a large volume of requests over the course of the year and therefore we are regrettably unable to support every worthwhile request. We are unable to award funds to certain sub-categories including, but not limited to: requests for individuals, travel expenses, trips or tours, pledges, sectarian or religious purposes, political lobbying/campaigns, capital building for foundations, and scholarship funds (other than through our WECU Scholarship programs).WECU will not consider requests from organizations or events which could create controversy or friction among the general membership. WECU typically does not award funds to organizations that have already received funding during the current calendar year and typically not exceed $2,500.

Although we recognize the tremendous value of all the sports, arts, and school programs in Whatcom County we typically cannot make donations:

  • Of more than $150 to school fundraisers
  • Of more than $150 in support of sports programs
  • Of more than $150 in support of arts programs
  • Of more than $150 to school PTA’s or PTO’s

Donation Request

Requests for large monetary donations (over $1,000) are reviewed and granted quarterly. All requests must be submitted formally for review by our Social Responsibility Committee (SRC) according to the guidelines and using the Donation Request Form. Deadline for submissions is November 6. Fund distribution is January 2019.
Requests for $1,000 or less are reviewed more frequently and may be submitted at any time. The request should be made in writing and directed to [email protected]

In 2019 grants open for community applications are:

  • Education First Grants
  • Community Builder Grants
  • Branch Sponsorships

Education First Grants: WECU seeks to support programs serving Whatcom County in partnership with pre-k, K-12, community colleges, technical colleges, universities and libraries which further the academic achievement of students. In addition, WECU also seeks to support financial education with various agencies serving residents of all ages throughout the community.

  • Further details:
    1. $10,000-$20,000 annual grants
    2. 2-year funding cycles (Eg. $15,000 in year one, $15,000 in year two)
    3. Application January 1 – March 31
    4. WECU Advisory Panel review April 1 – June 30
    5. Funds distributed July 1

To learn more about and to apply for WECU’s Education First Grants download our Request for Proposals: Education First 2019 Guidelines and Application. Questions can be submitted to [email protected]

Community Builder Grants and Branch Sponsorships: Community Builder Grants and Branch Sponsorships are open to addressing a variety of community concerns. Community Builder Grant sponsorships range up to $500. In 2019 requests for donations will be submitted using the Donation Request Form.

Donation Request Form