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. All organizations requesting a donation of more than $1000 must complete the Donation Request Form.
  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

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)

First Quarter 2016 : $44,967.56 total

Amount Recipient Purpose of Funds
$2,000.00 Bellingham Technical CollegeFamily Education scholarship fund
$1,000.00 Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT)Fundraiser sponsor
$1,000.00 Assistance League of BellinghamNew school clothing and shoes for homeless high school students-Bellingham & WC
$3,000.00 Behind the BadgeFun with the Fuzz 5k sponsor / support
$1,000.00 Bellingham Public Schools"Boomerang Project" training
$2,000.00 Bellingham Theatre GuildElevator addition/ADA compliance
$1,500.00 Bellingham/Whatcom CountyChamber of Commerce Hoop it Up sponsor
$150.00 Blaine Sector MWR (Morale, Welfare and Rec)Golf tournament sponsor
$1,000.00 Blue Skies for ChildrenLittle Wishes
$500.00 Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom CountyEvent sponsor
$500.00 Cascade ConnectionsHamster Crawl sponsor
$1,000.00 Downtown Bellingham PartnershipDowntown Sounds
$250.00 Ferndale Chamber of CommerceFerndale Flicks in the Park sponsor
$1,000.00 Ferndale Community MealFood and paper goods for 2 months
$1,000.00 Ferndale Community Service CooperativeThe Other Bank
$1,000.00 Ferndale Family Community FundPurchase backpacks for MS and HS students
$2,000.00 Foothills Food BankPurchase food
$1,725.00 Girls on the Run (YMCA)Program support
$500.00 Historic Fairhaven AssociationDirty Dan Harris Kayak Race sponsorship
$1,000.00 Invent LLC2016 Startup Challenge sponsor
$920.00 Junior Achievement (JA) of WAProgram support
$1,000.00 Kuntz & CoAny Child Program
$750.00 Lydia PlaceFundraiser sponsor
$250.00 Lynden School District5k sponsor
$250.00 Mount Baker BaseballSponsor
$165.00 Mount Baker Youth Baseball (MBYB)sponsor
$1,000.00 Opportunity CouncilDorothy Place Luncheon sponsor
$1,000.00 Opportunity CouncilDine Out for Maple Alley Inn sponsor
$2,500.00 Project Homeless ConnectPurchase supplies, rent equipment
$2,000.00 Rebound of Whatcom CountyRay of Hope Summer Camp
$500.00 Rebound of Whatcom CountyLake Padden 1/2 Marathon sponsor
$1,255.00 Rebound of Whatcom CountyCups of Hope
$250.00 School Levy SupportBellingham
$1,000.00 Sean Humphrey HouseFundraiser sponsor
$1,000.00 SISU Children's FundFundraiser sponsor
$250.00 Whatcom Conservation DistrictSnacks for volunteers / fundraiser
$250.00 Whatcom Dispute Resolution CenterBocce Ball Tourney sponsor
$1,800.00 Whatcom Humane Society2016 sponsorships
$500.00 Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC)Trail maintenance
$1,000.00 WWU Camp TEAMProgram support
$752.56 York Community FarmSupplies/Materials
$750.00 Ski-to-SeaParade sponsor
$1,000.00 Swim to LiveEvent sponsor
$200.00 The FirsSuperhero 5K sponsor
$500.00 The Jazz ProjectBellhaven Jazz Festival
$1,000.00 Whatcom Community College FoundationFundraiser sponsor