Fund Distribution Volunteers

What is the Fund Distribution Committee?

A group of community volunteers serve as members of the Fund Distribution Committee. The committee reviews all programs funded by the United Way of Whatcom County and gives recommendations for grants to the Board of Directors. Volunteers are divided into three groups and meet on either a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday afternoon for four weeks. Each panel is responsible for  reviewing approximately 5-10 year-end reports and 3-6 new grant proposals with the following responsibilities:

1) Meet with agencies and listen to presentations to gain an understanding of their programs, outcomes, and impacts on the community.

2) Evaluate program funding proposals and year-end reports.

3) Recommend program grants based on current community issues and the program's ability to help United Way achieve specific community-wide goals.

Click here for a one page fact sheet on the Fund Distribution Committee

One volunteer committee member had this to say about her experience: 
".. an eye-opening and really positive experience. It allows volunteers to see what the Community Impact Fund is all about. Members get to actually talk to staff and see what goes on at other non-profit agencies. I would encourage anybody in the community to volunteer in the Fund Distribution process."


What is the Time Commitment and Schedule?

Each panel meets for 4 afternoons and members are asked to read materials prior to meetings. Each panel member is expected to:

  • Attend our Orientation Meeting - Friday, April 27th, 11:30am - 1pm 
  • Review program packets, attend panel meetings, and participate in group discussions about program requests
  • Fill out program evaluation and feedback forms
  • On the final meeting day provide feedback regarding funding to new program requests and determine funding status for program in the midst of their 3-year funding cycle

2018 Fund Distribution Orientation Meeting:
Friday, April 27th - Meeting will run from 11:30am - 1pm and lunch will be provided
Whatcom Center for Philanthropy | 1500 Cornwall Ave | large conference room

2018 Fund Distribution Schedule:

  • Monday panel meeting dates: April 30th, May 7th, 14th, and 21st
  • Tuesday panel meeting dates: May 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd
  • Wednesday panel meeting dates: May 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd 

Each panel meeting will begin at noon in the large conference room of the Whatcom Center for Philanthropy located at 1500 Cornwall Ave. 
Meetings will end at 4:30pm (some afternoons may finish earlier). The full schedule of meetings & presentations will be shared at orientation. 


For questions, please call 360.733.8670

2017 Fund Distribution Volunteers

Education Panel Members:

Rebekah Duffy, CHAIR

Tammy Bengen
Ferndale School Dist.

Barbara Brausieck
Community Volunteer

Carol Comeau
Community Volunteer

Tera Contezac
Work Opportunities

Adrianne Czebator
Samson Rope

Tricia Gates

Jack MacSlarrow
Community Volunteer

Elizabeth Monahan
Port of Bellingham

Josh Nylander
Whatcom Transportation Authority

Mariann Strachan
Community Volunteer

Chandra Troxell
Mills Electric, Inc.

Income Panel Members:

Pat Atkinson - CHAIR
Community Volunteer

Sheri Baker
BP Chery Point Refinery

Jennifer Barnhart
Skagit Bank

Natalie Boatman

Lindsey Cerise
BP Cherry Point Refinery

Deidre Kane
Community Volunteer

Joseph McClain
Community Volunteer

Michael McGowan
Community Volunteer

Daniel Overman
BP Cherry Point Refinery

Stephen Paus
Home Port Learning Center

Justin Schoonover

Kathryn Weilage
Bellingham Public Schools


Health Panel Members:

Phil Latendresse - CHAIR
HUB International NW

Cathy Archambault
Bellingham Public Schools

Crystal Boxx
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

Halli Forsman
US Bank

Monique McCoy
North Coast Credit Union

Emily O'Connor
Lydia Place

Patricia Proctor
Whatcom County Gov.

Jessica Sankey
Bellingham Public Schools

Lindsay Schupbach

Laura Smith

Teresa Smith
Whatcom Transportation Authority

Paul Stermer
Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery

Rachel Strachan



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