Sportsmen's Foundation bequeaths $300,000 to Whatcom Community Foundation

The Bellingham Business Journal

The Pitts Sportsmen’s Foundation, established to support fish and wildlife preservation and education of youth in Whatcom County, has closed its private foundation and transferred approximately $300,000 in assets to the Whatcom Community Foundation.

The Sportsmen’s Foundation got its start after the dissolution and sale of the Bellingham Sportsmen’s Club in the early 1990s, when some of the surviving members decided to use the remaining assets to start a private foundation to support the outdoor spirit established by the Sportsmen’s Club. As a long time supporter, Mr. Wilburn Pitts’ name was selected for the foundation, to honor him for his outstanding service.

As the years went on, many of the Foundation’s founding partners passed away, and running the private foundation became burdensome, said secretary/treasurer Donald Young. Young said he often had to spend considerable volunteer time managing the Foundation.

The Whatcom Community Foundation will manage all record keeping and grants for the Pitts Foundation.  For more information on the Whatcom Community Foundation visit


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