What we do
The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation (WPRF) envisions a future where the quality of life for all citizens across Whatcom County is enriched by the expansion and improvement of our parks, trails, and recreational programs. WPRF empowers individuals and community groups to claim stewardship of their local parks, trails and the vast recreation opportunities available to us in Whatcom County.
In addition to promoting park & trail use by organizing its own events and projects, the WPRF can provide assistance in your fund raising efforts and receive charitable donations for your designated park project. If you are interested in improving a park, but are not currently registered as a non-profit, we can provide you to tools you need to collect funds designated for a particular park project under our 501(c)3 umbrella.
Why we do it
Whatcom County is a nationally acclaimed recreation haven and is regularly featured in the ‘best of’ lists. The County has received such accolades as Trail Town USA, best paddling town, adventure town USA and top mountain biking destination, to name a few.
Whatcom County has well over 7,000 acres of parkland and the town of Bellingham has over 80 miles of greenways with over 15% of its land area given over to parks and trails. Whatcom’s land stretches from the shores of the San Juan’s to the 10,778ft summit of Mt Baker.
To preserve these parks and trails requires community effort and the Foundation plays its part in the goal to make Whatcom County the very best place to live in the country.
How we do it
The Foundation has two core functions:
- As a 501(c)3, the Foundation holds funds for third parties who have medium to long term projects and need a tax efficient vehicle to administer the funds. The Foundation receives and administers donations of cash, materials, and real property to benefit parks and recreation in Whatcom County. The Foundation is able to act in ways not open to governmental agencies. In turn, the Foundation is then able to work with those public and private organizations and complement their efforts in providing parks and recreation in Whatcom County.
- The Foundation also raises money in its own right to support specific projects, whether these be longer term strategic endeavors such the commissioning of the Nooksack Loop Trail, providing funds as part of the Helping Hand Grant Program or organizing functions to actively engage the community in park and trail related activities.