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Clallam Community Foundation


What is the Clallam Community Foundation?

The Clallam Community Foundation is a way for people to leave a permanent legacy for health and human care needs in Clallam County.The Foundation is a permanent endowment fund with only the earnings distributed.

Total Value at Fiscal Year End 3/31/15: $3,944,882
United Way Funds $2,072,254
Named Funds $1,392,849
Partner Organization Funds $479,779
In 2014/15, the Foundation distributed 28 scholarships and 8 grants totaling $170,389.
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Charitable Gift Annuities
United Way is licensed with the Washington Insurance Commission to offer Charitable Gift Annuities. Donors can arrange for a regular income from an annuity and leave the balance to a charity of their choice.

To date, United way has issued five Charitable Gift Annuities.

Named Funds:
Donors may establish a Named Fund to honor a loved one. Family members, friends or others may be appointed as advisors to make recommendations for distributions from the Fund. The Clallam Community Foundation helps you helps identify missions and verify the charitable status of the organizations you may want to support.

The James E. Whatton Family Fund
The Mac Ruddell Community Fund
Community Service at Work
The Michael Sindars Scholarship Fund
The Karen Byrd Scholarship Fund
The Bright-Haygood-Copsey Fund
The Hull Family Fund
The Carol Munro Fund
The Fish Family Fund
The Mac & Phyllis Munro Scholarship Fund
The Orville Ninke Fund

Partner Organizations:
Non-profit organizations providing health and human services in Clallam County are welcome to have a dedicated Fund in the Foundation.


Clallam County Literacy Council
Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic
First Step Family Support Center
Juan de Fuca Foundation of the Arts
North Olympic Timber Action Committee
Olympic Peninsula YMCA
Peninsula Behavioral Health
Port Angeles Food Bank
Serenity House of Clallam County
St. Andrews Place
United Way of Clallam County
Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics

Why did United Way start the Community Foundation?

  • It fits with United Way's goals of strengthening local non-profit agencies and helping people give to our community;
  • Clallam County didn't have a Community Foundation;
  • No local vehicle was in place for people who wanted to leave a lasting legacy to the community but didn’t want to set up their own family or business foundation.

How long has it been in existence?

  • The seeds were planted in 1981 when Chuck Applegate donated his sailboat to United Way. It was sold for about $25,000. That money was placed in CDs with earnings used to buy equipment for the United Way office – a new copier, our first computer, a fax machine, and a second phone line.
  • The second donation was a mortgage-free home which we sold for $125,000 in 1991.
  • The first operating guidelines were established in 1994.

When did it become a Community Foundation?
In 1997, with our first Named Fund - The James E. Whatton Family Fund - the Fund became a Community Foundation.

What is the value to the organization partners?

  • They can share in administrative and marketing expense;
  • It provides a vehicle for their donors to develop legacy gifts;
  • Partners continue to own their funds.

What’s the value to the donor?

  • Ease of giving;
  • More cost effective and easier than setting up own foundation;
  • United Way is a trusted, stable organization and has operated in Clallam County for over 60 years;
  • Low administrative fees;
  • Ability to designate where the earnings go;
  • Donor can have as much or as little involvement as he/she wants;
  • All the same tax benefits as with other donations;
  • Donors can work with the qualified financial advisor and funds manager used by United Way or;
  • Donors may invest in the Clallam Community Foundation through their own personal financial advisor.

What’s the value to the community?
Some of the items United Way Fund grants have been used for:

  • First dollars in to annual fundraising campaign
  • Community Solutions development
  • Fund to pay for grant writers to help agencies bring in grants from outside the peninsula to provide for local human service needs
  • Early Learning “Great Beginnings” projects
  • Emergency assistance for low income seniors
  • Listening to Community Voices Project
  • Baby car seats in Forks
  • Teen centers in Port Angeles & Forks
  • Volunteer trainings
  • Helping to find adoptive homes for children in foster care
  • Playground equipment for Headstart preschools in Joyce, Neah Bay, Sequim, Forks
  • Cots for emergency shelters
  • A truck to deliver food to local food banks
  • Lawn care equipment for Boys and Girls Club
  • Technology grants in 1999 to prepare for Y2K
  • Equipment upgrades
  • Reduced agency fundraising in the community
  • These are all items that local agencies didn’t have other funds for

For more information on the Clallam Community Foundation contact Susan Fisher, Interim CEO, at United Way, 360-457-3011, or click here to email.