Bellingham Public Library has several funds at the Whatcom Community Foundation to provide long-term financial support to the library.
The Bellingham Public Library Fund (non-endowed) includes three sub-funds:
The Capital Fund was kick-started by a $50,000 donation by the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library, presented during National Library Week 2012.
Additionally, Whatcom Community Foundation manages the Bellingham Public Library Endowment Fund (BPLEF). This fund was established in 1997 through a bequest from a library patron. The proceeds from that bequest totaled more than $120,000.
Endowment funds are held by the Foundation in perpetuity to provide interest and dividend earnings for the benefit of a charitable use, in this case the Bellingham Public Library. In every year when market performance allows for a distribution of funds, the Library receives a check from the Foundation.
Individuals can build each fund through current gifts of:
Individuals can also contribute future gifts via:
Checks can be sent to:
Bellingham Public Library Fund*
Whatcom Community Foundation
119 Grand Avenue, Suite A
Bellingham, WA 98225
*Please specify: Unrestricted, Capital, Materials, or Endowment Fund
For more information on how to contribute, please contact Library Director Pamela Kiesner at 360-778-7221 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or contact the Whatcom Community Foundation at 360-671-6463 or email@example.com or visit their website at www.whatcomcf.org .