New Ferndale library fundraising nearly complete

The Bellingham Business Journal

Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, 2010, $849,654 came in to help Ferndale build its new library. According to the Whatcom Community Foundation, the project’s fiscal sponsor, nearly 75 percent of the funds for the $5.1 million facility have been raised. The total includes $250,000 from the City of Ferndale that further leveraged matching dollars from the Foundation and gifts from area residents.

The enthusiasm created by the city’s matching funds was impressive: area residents contributed almost $100,000 over a two week period.

“During the matching campaign there were wonderful stories: gifts from Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, firefighters, families pooling their funds, city leaders and employees, and library staff,” Foundation President and CEO Mauri Ingram said in a press release. “Several people donated more than once, with at least one couple donating three times.”

Ingram said the program will continue seeking individual and corporate donors and pursuing opportunities for additional grants. All gifts are tax deductible.

Donations can be made by calling the Whatcom Community Foundation 360-671-6463.

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