Charitable Donations

Our Commitment

WECU® has a strong commitment to the needs of our community. We strive to support education, health and community concerns.

In addition to financial contributions, WECU® serves Whatcom County through projects such as the Salvation Army Giving Tree, the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run, and the Opportunity Council's School Supply Drive.

Donation Guidelines

  1. Please see "Request a Donation" (to the left) for information on how to apply for a WECU donation.
  2. WECU® will only consider requests from tax exempt organizations recognized under IRS 501(c)(3) guidelines or by the Secretary of State (WA) as a nonprofit organization, and:
    • Local organizations using the funds in Whatcom County
    • Requests that conform to our mission of addressing health, education, and community concerns
    • Projects that are identified as a strong need in our community
  3. WECU® will not consider requests for:
    • Sectarian, individual or religious purposes
    • Propagandizing, influencing elections or legislation
    • Capital building for foundations
    • Organizations that have already received funding during the current calendar year
    • Organizations or events which could create controversy or friction among the general membership
    • Scholarship funds (other than the Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College and Northwest Indian College scholarships which are currently in place)
    • Donations to an individual or pledges to an individual for an event
    • Field trips or travel funds
    • School graduation events

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

  • To a single classroom or grade-level project or event
  • To Preschools
  • For the purpose of purchasing computer-related equipment for classrooms
  • 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

Please note: Groups are encouraged to request an exact budget amount, or a portion of a larger budget item. WECU® donations typically do not exceed $2,500 per recipient per year.