St. Luke’s Foundation grants more than $180,000

The Bellingham Business Journal

St. Luke’s Foundation (SLF) granted more than $145,000 to local health-related organizations and educational programs in the third quarter of 2009.

An additional $37,500 was approved for nursing scholarships, bringing total SLF giving in 2009 to $240,877. SLF has contributed more than $14 million to health- related projects since its founding in 1982.

The recent awards include a $100,000 matching grant for the Whatcom Hospice House campaign, $10,000 for  Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access, $10,000 for the Whatcom Emergency Medical Services annual conference, and $9,300 to purchase new equipment for the dental clinic at Bellingham Technical College.

In addition to the major grants program, SLF awarded 25 nursing scholarships of $1,500 each from the Lois G. Roberts Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund.  Since the fund’s inception in 1993, more than $238,000 has been awarded to nearly 100 students pursuing their nursing studies.

SLF was founded in 1982 with the sale of St. Luke’s hospital.  Proceeds from the sale funded the nonprofit public foundation whose name honors the tradition of health care provided by St. Luke’s Hospital for nearly a century.

Deadline for the next major grants round is Oct. 1, 2009.  Education grant requests are accepted throughout the year, and Nursing Scholarship applications are due by June 1 each year.  Visit www.stlukesfoundation.org or call (360) 671-3349 for more information.

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