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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 Announces $151,000 in Grants to 14 Local Non-Profit Organizations

Participant of the Kids Supper Club program through Common Threads Farm, learning to shred carrots Awards made from Chuckanut Health Foundation’s April 1st, 2018 grant cycle to local partner organizations means thousands of people in Whatcom County will benefit from a variety of needed services.  Alzheimer Society of Washington: $7,000 to support the 32nd Annual Caregivers Conference  Bellingham Mountain Rescue: $1,073 to upgrade communications equipment  Catholic Community Services NW: $20,000 to provide supplies for new Hope House Common Threads Farm: $14,065 to support Kids Supper Club for low-income apartment complexes  Our Treehouse: $3,000 as a matching fund and $2,000 as a sponsor for Century Bike Run Sustainable Connections: $5,000 to support the Bellingham for Everyone Program United Way of Whatcom County: $4,500 to support Project Homeless Connect  Unity Care NW: $1,000 to support the Annual Dinner event  Wild Whatcom: $9,600 to support the HOWL project  Whatcom […]

Chuckanut Health Foundation Announces Nursing Scholarship Opportunities

Chuckanut Health Foundation is now accepting applications for Lois Jean Roberts Nursing Scholarship’s which are available to students who are Whatcom County residents or who have graduated from a Whatcom County high school and have been accepted into a qualified nursing program at Whatcom Community College; Bellingham Technical College; Western Washington University or Skagit Valley College. These scholarships honor the life of Lois Jean Roberts, a Registered Nurse, who died in 1992. The scholarship grant is $1,5000 per year and may be renewed up to three additional years, based upon continued success in a course of study leading to licensure as a RN or a BSN degree. The deadline for submission of application materials for the 2018-2019 academic year is May 20, 2018. For further information, to download the application or review the award criteria click here. Since 1993, over 160 students have received in excess of $392,000 in nursing […]

Introducing the Recipe for Helping Local Cancer Patients

Our community is filled with inspiring and philanthropic people. Here at Chuckanut Health Foundation we feel honored when mission driven generous individuals join our board. One such person is Abbe Rolnick. Abbe, owner of Robek’s Fresh Juices/Smoothies & Healthy Eats, is also a novelist, world traveler, life learner, board member and so much more. Abbe wanted to raise support to help people living with cancer pay for their medical expenses. For the month of March, every time you purchase a smoothie and mention “Chuckanut”, Robek’s will make a donation to the Laurendeau Cancer Care Fund. The Laurendeau Cancer Care Fund, at Chuckanut Health Foundation, was created in 1980 with a gift from the late Dr. Theresa Laurendeau, a Bellingham physician, who knew first hand that costly prolonged cancer care is both emotionally and financially difficult for both patients and their families. Today the fund helps Whatcom County cancer patients not only with […]

CHF is Now Accepting Grant Applications Due by April 1st

We are currently accepting grant applications for our April 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 March 20th, 2018. 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 October grant cycle visit […]

CHF Announces $201,790 in Grants to Ten Local Nonprofit Organizations

Awards made from Chuckanut Health Foundation’s October 1st, 2017 grant cycle mean thousands of people in Whatcom County will benefit from needed services through these local partner organizations.  Animals as Natural Therapy: $9,200 to assist in purchasing a van for their MOBILE project  Medical Terms International: $10,000 to support funding eight mobile dental clinics in rural Whatcom County  Shriners Hospitals: $5,000 to support their Bellingham Outreach clinic. Whatcom Community Foundation and Washington Federal Bank each are also investing $5,000. To learn more read Whatcom Community Foundation’s blog post Local partnership brings Shriners Outreach Clinic to Whatcom County Families.  Rebound of Whatcom County: $20,000 to expand the Nooksack Valley Roots Family Enrichment Programs  Lydia Place: $18,000 to expand parenting services, including launching their clinical mental health program  Health Ministries Network: $20,000 to support their work with local congregations on care transitions and palliative care.  Whatcom […]

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 […]

Dear Friends

In 2015 and 2016, Chuckanut Health Foundation invested more than $800,000 to advance the critical health needs of our community. This Annual Report highlights some of the programs and partners that strengthen and advance community health. By joining us in this work you are supporting: Healthy, Children, Youth & Families – Because our future depends on it; Healthy Living Grants – Even small lifestyle changes make a lifelong difference; Healthy Aging Initiatives – Because we all deserve aging options that support our independence, health and wellbeing; Community Emergency Service Response – Because being prepared can’t wait; Health Services Access & Capacity and Health Education & Scholarships – So caring professionals are there for you, your family and your community We are inspired by the programs and partners in our community that we work with daily to achieve a healthier Whatcom County and are grateful for the the friends and supporters […]

Of all the hours this was the happiest!

Yesterday, we celebrated our 2016 grant recipients with a happy hour gathering. What a turn out it was! The room was filled with supportive, collaborative and passionate individuals who through their organizations work tirelessly for community health. We believe that time is our greatest resource, how we spend it and with who we spend it really matters. The gathering yesterday reaffirmed that belief. Connections were made, potential collaborations were developed and some professional and social circles grew. Some conversations would have been difficult to arrange or potentially never never taken place at all. Our intention for the gathering was three fold. First and foremost, to celebrate the programs of our grantee partners that strengthen and advance individual and community health. Second, to facilitate networking and collaboration building. Third, to promote a better understanding of what type of programs we fund and what connections exist. Our 2016 grants supported six different focus areas: Healthy Children, Youth & Families; Healthy Living; Healthy […]

A new position welcomes a new employee

It is a great pleasure to welcome Elizabeth Nelson to “Team Chuckanut” as our new and first time Community Engagement Manager. Elizabeth has taken the opportunity to make her first blog post an introduction, please join us in welcoming her to our team. You know that feeling when you get good news and your emotions and body just refuse to be stoic and you find yourself doing a little dance? Well if you are like me, you know that feeling, and you may hope you are in the privacy of your own home when you get good news. I am overjoyed to be the newest employee at Chuckanut Health Foundation. Luckily, I was at home when I got the news that I got this job. There was definitely some shoulder shimmy action and some embarrassingly uncoordinated dancing. I’ve been with CHF since the beginning of October as the Community Engagement […]