Three philanthropic organizations to move to shared space

Three Whatcom County philanthropic organizations will co-locate in Washington Federal Bank’s regional headquarters this Fall.

United Way of Whatcom County, Chuckanut Health Foundation, and Whatcom Community Foundation will move into a space on the second story of Washington Federal Bank’s building at 1500 Cornwall Ave.

“They’re giving us a very reduced rate,” Whatcom Community Foundation CEO Mauri Ingram said. “They’ll also be making some upgrades to the building. They’re making it very affordable for us.”

Ingram said the three organizations were talking about finding a space together. Tom Kenney, Washington Federal Bank’s regional president for northern Washington, heard that through the grapevine, Ingram said.

Kenney offered the three groups the space at a reduced rate after getting approval from the bank’s corporate office in Seattle.

The philanthropic organizations will remain distinct, but they will benefit from sharing a space, according to a press release.

“We already work closely as funders,” Chuckanut Health Foundation Executive Director Sue Sharpe said. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to build on our existing efforts and leverage our resources to best support the health needs of Whatcom County. The community will benefit from the center in ways we haven’t even considered yet.”

Renovations to the space will begin soon.

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