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.
- Please see "Request a Donation" (to the left) for information on how to apply for a WECU donation.
- 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
- 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.