Whatcom Community Foundation receives $75,000 grant

The Bellingham Business Journal

Whatcom Community Foundation (WCF) has announced that it received a $75,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to increase local assistance for families facing economic challenges and other setbacks as a result of the recession.

Through the Gates Foundation grant, the WCF will provide funding to local nonprofits as a component of its 2010 competitive grant round. Funds will be awarded to programs and projects that connect residents to existing public benefits and other assistance; to help prevent and reduce family violence; and to provide more food and support for people struggling to feed their families.

“The grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation couldn’t have come at a better time,” said WCF President and CEO Mauri Ingram. “A number of local organizations doing precisely the kind of work this grant is designed to support are struggling to meet demand. The Gates Foundation grant provides the opportunity to leverage a significant amount of local matching gifts to WCF, allowing us to better serve our community.”

The new funding for WCF is one of 12 grants recently announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in response to the growing needs of communities throughout Washington state.

For more information on Whatcom Community Foundation, visit: www.whatcomcf.org. To learn more about the Gates Foundation’s work in Washington state, visit www.gatesfoundation.org/washington.

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