Corporate Giving

Together we can do more, so much more.

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 served.

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:

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Organizations, school districts and postsecondary education institutions with tax exempt status 501c3 or 170(b)(1), other government entities and/or tribes.
  • Organizations serving Whatcom County.
  • 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.
  • Applicant agrees that it does not unlawfully discriminate in its employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or the delivery of programs or services, on the basis of 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.


Grants Open for Community Applications Are:

  1. Education First Grants
  2. Community Builder Grants
  3. Branch Sponsorships


Education First Grants:

Note: Education First Grants are closed for 2019. Stay tuned for information regarding 2020 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. Total award between $20,000 – $40,000 annual grants
  2. Two-year grant term (E.g. $15,000 in year one, and $15,000 in year two for total award of $30,000)
  3. Application Period: 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 Grants range up to $500. Based on internal processes WECU will determine from which program to consider support. Please submit using the Donation Request Form.

Donation Request Form