With New Grants, Whatcom Community Foundation #GivesThanks for Connection and Neighborliness

With New Grants, Whatcom Community Foundation #GivesThanks for Connection and Neighborliness

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Alena Feeney, Momentum Fellow, Whatcom Community Foundation

In this season of gratitude, we are thankful to live in a community that values connection and neighborliness.

This sentiment fuels our mission as a community foundation. It also inspired us to lean into strengthening connections in our community through a small grants program called Project Neighborly, which seeks to catalyze inclusion, encourage collaboration, and inspire conversation with neighbors that might not ordinarily have the chance to connect.

“People can imagine and bring remarkable things to life if you invite them to be creative,” said Community Foundation CEO Mauri Ingram. “Project Neighborly grants add a little fuel to those great ideas. The 2017 projects proved that truly amazing things can be accomplished when people roll up their sleeves to focus on the one thing that we all have the most control over: how we make this place feel.”

This year, through Project Neighborly, we invested nearly $100,000 across a range of 23 innovative and very creative projects—from mobile experiential art installations and welcome dinners for immigrant students to elaborate city-wide scavenger hunts and art classes that connect experienced artists with emerging artists, including artist with developmental disabilities.

The full list of grantees can be viewed here: WCF Project Neighborly 2018

Our foundation has the privilege of connecting people and resources to enliven ideas that inspire connection - so that communities flourish. We look forward to sharing Project Neighborly stories soon.

Until then, from our community to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Alena Feeney is a member of Philanthropy Northwest's 2017-2019 Momentum Fellowship class and a communications fellow at the Whatcom Community Foundation.