CHF Announces Next Executive Director

Dear Friends of Chuckanut Health Foundation, On behalf of the Chuckanut Health Foundation Board of Directors,  I am so pleased to announce the selection of our next executive director, Heather Flaherty of Bellingham.  Heather will assume her new position January 2nd, 2019 replacing Sue Sharpe who is retiring after serving as executive since 2008. Heather has a strong background in community health, philanthropy, non-profit strategic planning and governance and operational management in the private sector.  For the last four years she has served as director of the RiverStyx Foundation, a local foundation, and operations director at the Raptor Group.   Previous to her present position she was Executive Assistant to the CEO at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Heather has a passion for addressing critical community health issues and has been active in promoting end of life planning and care as part of the Northwest Life Passages Coalition. She  is now […]

CHF Awards $17,000 in Health Professional Scholarships

Chuckanut Health Foundation (CHF) awarded ten scholarships totaling $17,000 this year. Two of the students receiving CHF scholarships are returning applicants, while three others are new awardees. Scholarships may be renewed up to three years and each is $1,500. The scholarships are awarded annually through CHF’s Lois Jean Roberts Memorial Nursing Scholarship program. The program is named after the wife of James Roberts, former executive director of St. Luke’s Foundation (now Chuckanut Health Foundation). Students are selected on criteria that aligns with the goal of promoting and expanding opportunities for qualified students to attend and complete their nursing education, whether an RN or BSN degree. In addition to direct scholarship awards to students, CHF has committed $1,500 to support health professionals at local colleges with five standing scholarships:  two at Bellingham Technical College (BTC), one at Western Washington University (WWU), and two at Whatcom Community College (WCC). CHF’s $3,000 grant […]

CHF is Now Accepting Grant Applications Due by October 1st

We are currently accepting grant applications for our October 1st grant cycle. We seek proposals for projects and programs which benefit the people of Whatcom County and show active partnerships with other organizations on an identified community health need that leverages the impact of our support. If your organization is interested in applying for a major or strategic impact grant, please submit a letter of inquiry outlining the basic proposal (one page) to Sue Sharpe by September 20th, 2017. If there is mutual interest in pursuing the proposal, completion of a formal grant request will be recommended. The following are a few examples of programs and projects that have made a meaningful impact: support grieving children, teens and families, housing for homeless youth, end-of-life caregiver support, avalanche safety equipment, opiate abuse prevention education materials, and school drop-out prevention programs. For more information on grants awarded during our April grant cycle visit […]

CHF Awards $258,00 to Fourteen Local Nonprofits

A total of $258,000 was awarded to fourteen local nonprofits as a part of CHF’s April 1st grant cycle. Grant recipients were selected due to the vital services they provide that strengthen and advance individual and community health throughout Whatcom County. Interfaith Coalition received a $20,000 matching grant to support Family Promise, a shelter and support program for local families who are experiencing homelessness. The Coalition’s vision is a community of many faiths working together to eliminate homelessness and poverty in Whatcom County, to fill gaps in human services and to meet housing and other needs of marginalized people. Family Promise is a national network committed to addressing the needs of a growing number of families experiencing homelessness and the factors that perpetuate poverty. The Family Promise model is active in 200 communities. The grant awarded supports Interfaith Coalition’s goal of establishing a day center for up to 14 family […]

Chuckanut Health Foundation Awards $19,500 In Scholarships To 13 Nursing Students

Chuckanut Health Foundation (CHF) awarded nine scholarships and three grants totaling $19,500 to 13 local nursing students this month. “We have an outstanding group of scholarship recipients again this year, juggling school, work, family and volunteer activities, while achieving impressive grades in their nursing studies,” Sue Sharpe, Executive Director, CHF, said. Please follow and like us: