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 our Whatcom County schools, 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 $100 to school fundraisers

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.

Recent Donations

First Quarter 2017 : $44,709.96 total

Amount Recipient Purpose of Funds
$500.00 American Cancer SocietySupport programs
$3,193.23 2017 Q1 CULAF DonationCU Support
$1,798.50 2017 Q1 Defense Fund DonationCU Support
$3,193.23 2017 Q1 NWCUF DonationCU Support
$1,200.00 American Red CrossSponsor Golf Tournament
$2,500.00 Behind the Badge FoundationSponsor Fun with the Fuzz 2017
$250.00 Bellingham Brain Cancer WalkSponsor event
$2,000.00 Bellingham/Whatcom Project Homeless ConnectSponsor event
$1,500.00 Binaytara FoundationSupport NW Cancer Summits
$500.00 Birch Bay Music FestivalSponsor event
$250.00 Blaine Sector Morale, Welfare and RecreationSponsor event
$1,000.00 Blue Skies for ChildrenAnnual Shoe Give Program
$1,750.00 Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom CountySponsor fundraiser
$2,500.00 BTC GalaSponsor event
$1,000.00 Cascade ConnectionsSponsor Hamster Crawl
$1,000.00 Communities in Schools of Whatcom CountyAlderwood Elementary Evening Dinner Program
$500.00 Compass HealthSponsor fundraiser
$1,000.00 Cordata ElementaryAfter School Program-Photography
$1,000.00 Downtown SoundsSponsor event
$200.00 Drayton Harbor Music FestivalSponsor event
$300.00 Eagleridge Elementary Washington Reading CorpsReaders Theater Club
$1,900.00 Girls on the Run of Northwest WashingtonSupport program/Kendall Elementary
$500.00 Growing AlliancesSponsor March 29th fundraiser
$1,000.00 Harmony Elementary SchoolPTO School Garden Project/Shed
$1,000.00 Josh Fueston Memorial FoundationSwim to Live 2017
$1,000.00 Junior Achievement of WASupport 5 Whatcom County classes
$500.00 Lions Camp HorizonEmergency lighting and exit signs
$1,275.00 Max Higbee CenterSupport Party Hearty 5k fundraiser
$200.00 Meridian Youth SoccerSponsor Meridian Classic soccer tournament
$250.00 North County Alliance FCSupport program
$500.00 Opportunity CouncilSponsor Dorothy Place fundraiser
$1,000.00 Opportunity CouncilSponsor Dine Out for Maple Alley Inn
$1,000.00 Rebound of Whatcom CountySupport Ray of Hope Summer Day Program
$1,000.00 Recreation NorthwestSupport stewardship work in Fairhaven Park
$200.00 The FirsSponsor Super Hero 5k
$500.00 The Jazz ProjectSponsor Bellhaven Jazz Festival
$1,000.00 The Other Bank-FerndaleProgram support
$250.00 WFC RangersSponsor Golf Tournament
$2,000.00 Whatcom Land TrustSupport stewardship events and work parties
$1,000.00 Worldwide Foundation for Credit UnionsCU Support (Bronze Level)
$1,000.00 WWUCamp TEAM
$500.00 YWCASponsor Leadership Power Breakfast

Fourth Quarter 2016 : $61,364.00 total

Amount Recipient Purpose of Funds
$1,476.00 Bellingham Childcare and Learning CenterPurchase 2 office computers
$1,090.00 Arthritis FoundationJingle Bell Run
$1,500.00 Bellingham Giving CirclePurchase food for homeless and unaccompanied students (middle and high school)
$1,000.00 Bellingham High School Choir BoostersSponsor Coats Concert
$750.00 Bellingham Railway MuseumToward new display case
$1,000.00 Bellingham Theatre GuildProgram support (In honor of Dick McClure)
$500.00 DVSAS2016 Hands for Hope Gala
$400.00 Ferndale Police Association2016 Ferndale L.E.F.T. 5K Sponsor
$1,000.00 Ferndale Senior Activity Center Jet Oldsters-Nutrition program
$170.00 Firehouse Performing Arts CenterFirehouse Family Film Series 2016
$500.00 Friends of the Deming LibraryMaterials for a tool shed for Learning Garden
$1,000.00 Habitat for HumanitySponsor 2017 Fundraiser
$250.00 Industrial Credit Union (ICU)Feed the Need Community Food Drive
$2,500.00 Lighthouse Mission2017 Light the Night fundraiser sponsor
$250.00 Middle School Fundraiser (via Shuksan PTSA)Support 4 Whatcom County Middle Schools
$950.00 Northwest Therapeutic Riding CenterEnglish saddle and 3 helmets
$5,000.00 NWCUA (MAXX Conference)CU4Kids Foundation
$1,000.00 Sean Humphrey HouseSponsor 2017 Fundraiser
$500.00 Sister Rose Fidelma AuxiliarySanta Express
$1,000.00 SPARK-Museum of Electrical InventionMaterials for winter holiday workshops
$1,000.00 Squalicum High SchoolStudent Boutique
$1,000.00 Sustainable ConnectionsFood to Bank On
$5,000.00 Sustainable ConnectionsThink Local First Sponsor
$15,000.00 United Way of Whatcom County2016 Campaign-Corporate Contribution
$2,350.00 Unity Care NWDental supplies for pre-school/elementary school-aged children
$1,000.00 Victim Support ServicesProgram support (In honor of Lisa Langei)
$500.00 WA Reading Corps/Birchwood ElementaryMaterials for Chess and Storytelling Clubs
$1,000.00 Whatcom Community College Foundation2017 "Magic of Whatcom" Bronze Sponsor
$950.00 Whatcom County GrangeDictionaries for 3rd Graders
$1,000.00 Whatcom Family & Community NetworkSponsor 19th Annual Ken Gass Community Building Awards
$2,500.00 Whatcom Hospice2016 Light the Night Gala Sponsor
$200.00 Whatcom Human Rights Task Force2017 Martin Luther King Conference
$2,000.00 Whatcom Humane Society2016 Dog Days of Summer/2017 fundraiser sponsorships
$2,500.00 Whatcom Literacy Council2017 Trivia Bee sponsorship
$500.00 Whatcom Mountain Bike CoalitionWMBC Family Fun Center Trail 2017 Sponsor
$528.00 Whatcom Smart TripsProgram support
$1,500.00 WWUCommunity Event Sponsor
$1,000.00 WWULeadership Forum Sponsor

Third Quarter 2016 : $75,033.00 total

Amount Recipient Purpose of Funds
$2,500.00 5Point Film FestivalSponsor
$800.00 Acme Elementary School PTASchool Garden Program
$885.00 Alzheimer Society of WAMiles for Memories sponsor
$4,590.00 BALANCE for MembersJune, July, Aug 2016
$500.00 Bellingham Bay MarathonSponsor
$300.00 Bellingham Elks Lodge 194Christmas food baskets for local veterans
$500.00 Bellingham Folk FestivalEvent sponsor
$500.00 Bellingham Girls Rock CampProgram support
$750.00 Bellingham Mountain RescueSponsor fundraiser
$250.00 Bellingham Music Enrichment ProjectProgram support
$250.00 Bellingham Public Schools FoundationRockin' with Robots
$500.00 Bellingham School FoundationFamily holiday assistance
$1,000.00 Bellingham Schools Hungry MindsEvent sponsor
$1,300.00 Bellingham/Assumption Community Meal ProgramFood and meal supplies for 1 meal
$500.00 Boys & Girls Club Sponsorship (Ferndale)Program support
$2,458.00 CUNA (Credit Union National Association Dues 2016)CU industry support
$2,000.00 Silvia Center for the ArtsEat for the Arts sponsor
$215.00 Ferndale Football BoostersSponsor
$600.00 Ferndale Pioneer Days and ParadeSponsor
$250.00 Ferndale Scholarship Fund
$150.00 Historic Fairhaven Association MembershipCommunity support
$1,000.00 Hovander Bluegrass FestivalSponsor
$2,500.00 Interfaith CoalitionFamily housing program for homeless
$1,000.00 Kendall Elementary SchoolShoes and socks for k-6th in need
$340.00 Kendall Elementary SchoolE.A.T.ery eating and art together
$325.00 KiwanisSupport
$2,500.00 LAW AdvocatesDomestic violence, family law program
$1,010.00 Lynden ChristianGolf tournament fundraiser
$500.00 Lynden High SchoolGolf fundraiser for football scholarships
$5,996.00 Magnet Calendars for local schools9750 Magnet Calendars for local schools
$1,000.00 Makayla's Street JamSponsor
$250.00 MakeShift Block PartySponsor
$600.00 Meridian Public School FoundationGolf tournament fundraiser
$300.00 Mt. Baker ImagingMammography event sponsor
$300.00 Muds to SudsSponsor
$750.00 NAMI Stigma StompEvent sponsor
$730.00 Northwest Washington Fair 2016Event support
$2,500.00 NWAEYC Northwest Association for the Education of Young ChildrenScholarships for attendees to the annual conference
$4,984.00 NWCUA (Northwest Credit Union Association Dues 2016)CU industry support
$1,500.00 Our TreeHouseGrief support programs - Family Night and Teen Night
$500.00 PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center FoundationBehind the Cross , Caring for Our Own
$15,000.00 PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center FoundationCare Share Inspire fundraiser sponsor
$100.00 Whatcom Smart TripsEmployer Partner Campaign
$500.00 Sunnyland Elementary SchoolWashington Reading Corps
$2,000.00 Whatcom DreamScholarships for financial education workshops
$5,000.00 Whatcom Hospice FoundationLight the Night Sponsor
$500.00 Whatcom Sports and RecreationBellingham Blazers Breast Cancer Awareness sponsor
$1,000.00 Whatcom Women in BusinessSponsor
$200.00 Whatcom Youth HockeyProgram support
$250.00 Work OpportunitiesRun, Walk & Roll 2016
$500.00 WWU Great Puzzle HuntEvent sponsor
$600.00 WWU Viking NightTable sponsor

Second Quarter 2016 : $43,443.00 total

Amount Recipient Purpose of Funds
$1,000.00 Arthritis FoundationSponsor 2016 Jingle Bell Run
$555.00 Behind the Badge FoundationFun with the Fuzz
$1,000.00 Bellingham (HS) Alumni BandMusic support - BSD
$2,517.00 Bellingham Middle SchoolMarching Band-Jr Ski to Sea Sponsor
$1,000.00 Bellingham Public LibraryPurchase books for Reach Out and Read
$1,000.00 Bellingham Senior Activity Center (Whatcom Council on Aging)Sponsor fundraiser
$1,000.00 Blaine School District Family Service CenterSupplies & services for low income families
$250.00 Cystic Fibrosis FoundationSponsor fundraiser
$400.00 Fairhaven Outdoor CinemaSponsor
$500.00 Ferndale Street FestivalSponsor
$150.00 Fostering TogetherEvent support
$250.00 Jansen Art CenterFall "Kids Do Art" Program (art supplies)
$1,856.00 Junior AchievementProgram support
$1,000.00 Kornerstone KidsTherapy equipment and supplies
$1,500.00 Laundry LoveFund laundry services for homeless Whatcom County citizens
$1,500.00 Lions Camp HorizonPurchase washers/dryers
$675.00 Lions ClubSponsor fundraiser
$1,000.00 Lynden Family Community ServicesPurchase clothes, school supplies, etc.
$5,000.00 Lynden Raspberry FestivalSponsor
$2,500.00 Makayla's Street Jam 3on3Sponsor event which raises funds to fight pediatric cancer
$2,500.00 Mount Baker Theatre Youth Education Program sponsorSponsor
$500.00 NAMI on Campus WWU"Love Moves!" 5k and Health Fair
$1,500.00 Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA)Fund property upgrade
$2,130.00 Northwest Washington FairSponsor
$2,000.00 Northwest Youth ServicesVocational readiness program
$1,500.00 Opportunity Council - ELAFSProject X-It (fund mentor training and development )
$2,000.00 RE Sources for Sustainable CommunitiesPurchase tools
$500.00 St. Francis FoundationGenerations Early Learning & Family Center
$500.00 The Hub Community Bike ShopYouth program (ages 9-14)
$639.00 Washington Square Area Resident CouncilCPR/First Aid training and books
$1,000.00 Whatcom Education, Spay & Neuter Impact Program (WeSNiP)Facilitate spay/neuter for dogs
$500.00 Whatcom Family YMCAACT program (food and other expenses)
$1,671.00 Windward High School BoostersPurchase items for "community service command center"
$1,000.00 WOCCUBronze support
$250.00 Work OpportunitiesSponsor Run, Walk & Roll 2016
$600.00 WSU Extension ProjectFocus-group (education/Spanish-speaking)