Our Mission:

We invest resources and experience to strengthen and advance community health.


Our Vision

We share a bold vision of a vibrant community where every child gets a healthy start and every person receives the care they need throughout their lifetime.

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Our Partners

We are fortunate to work with outstanding partners in Whatcom County to achieve our vision. Whether you are a non-profit, a private business, a philanthropist, a civic leader, or a community based organization, we can’t do this work without you.



Our Programs

Our intention is for the impact of our work to go far beyond the grants. We are fortunate to have a number of initiatives and programs that we manage in service to the mission of the organization and in support of creating a vibrant community where every child gets a healthy start and every person receives the care they need throughout their lifetime.


We provide direct financial support in the form of grants to non-profit organizations who are doing work to create, invest, and advance individual and community health in Whatcom County.

Two grant rounds are held each year; one in April, one in October.

For more details on applying, click link here.


Fiscal Sponsorship

The Foundation is proud to have been a sponsor for a number of campaigns in the community, including providing fiscal sponsorship for the Whatcom Hospice House, Meals on Wheels, and Our Treehouse (in the past) and Health Ministries Network. Chuckanut is proud to partner with non-profits and other foundations to leverage resources and make bigger impact together.


The Lois Jean Roberts Nursing Scholarship Program was established in memory of Lois Jean Roberts, wife of James Roberts, St. Luke’s Foundation Executive Director from 1983 – 1996 with the intention to promote and expand opportunities for students to attend and complete their nursing education.

Applications are accepted April through May every year.

Laurendeau Cancer Care Fund

Founded in 1980, the Laurendeau Cancer Care Fund is named after Dr. Theresa Laurendeau, a retired Bellingham Pathologist. She provided the foundation’s initial funding which has assisted over 500 Whatcom County cancer patients in paying for medical expenses who aren’t eligible for public assistance or have limited resources.


Our Impact

Our goal is to create a healthy community - one in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We do this work with optimism and positivity, believing we can make a difference; in relationship and through collaboration; and with a commitment to responsibility in sustaining partnerships and following-through.



Million Dollars Invested

Chuckanut Health Foundation has invested more than $16 million in direct grants to organizations focused on improving health in our community since 1983.



Years Serving Whatcom County

Created with the sale of the St. Luke’s Hospital in 1983, the Chuckanut Health Foundation (formerly the St. Luke’s Foundation) has been working to improve and advance community health for over 35 years.



Partner Organizations

Over the years, we have worked with hundreds of non-profit partners in the community and through those investments, have impacted thousands of individual’s lives.


There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.

Margaret Wheatley



Get Involved

Are you interested in making our community a better place? Curious about what we do? Want to learn more? Or jump in and get involved? We’d love to hear from you!


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We send out periodic updates on the initiatives and projects we are working on. Click here if you’d like to stay up-to-date!

Volunteer opportunities

Interested in serving on a committee or on our board? We’d love to meet with you and learn more about your interest!

Make a Donation

All donations go directly to supporting grantees and individuals. Whether it’s $1 or $1,000, every donation is essential.