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Building Impactful Communities

Your Giving Stories

By giving to the Community Impact Fund our donors have directly contributed to the success of small businesses making our communities vibrant and strong. We thank them for their support and are honored to uplift their powerful stories about why they support entrepreneurial changemakers making a positive impact on our communities.

Explore this Giving Wall to learn the stories of donors from around the Pacific Northwest who gave to support small businesses.

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Providing direct funding to small businesses making a positive impact in their communities.

The Community Impact Fund provides funding that goes directly to a pool of 14 small business owners participating in the Impact Pitch competition making a positive change in their communities.

During the first phase of Impact Pitch, 14 businesses will be chosen for Community Impact Awards based on the strength of their business model and community impact. Two small businesses from each of our seven mission categories will be chosen for the Award, which includes a $550 prize AND a spot in the next round of the competition.

All funding to the Community Impact Fund goes directly to the businesses in our mission categories:

  • BIPOC-Owned Businesses
  • Immigrant & Refugee-Owned Businesses
  • LGBTQ+-Owned Businesses
  • Woman-Owned Businesses
  • Veteran-Owned Businesses
  • Military Spouse-Owned Businesses
  • Rural-Owned Businesses

By donating to the Community Impact Fund, you will directly be contributing to the success of small businesses shaping our community and will impact the number of successful small businesses started by women, BIPOC, immigrant & refugee, LGBTQ+, military spouse, veteran, and rural communities.

We welcome support at any and all levels! Donate here!

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We Want to Hear from YOU!

All donors are invited to share why they give to the Community Impact Fund with a selfie or other image representing themselves and text of up to 200 characters sharing why they give to support small business with community impact.

Donors of $500 and above are invited to submit a video of 20 seconds or less sharing the reason they give to support small businesses!

Palacia S.

I truly have a heart for supporting BIPOC diverse small businesses in honor of my diverse family, where a servant's heart was always diligently lived out before me.

Isaac R.

I support the Community Impact Fund because when my great-grandparents immigrated to the US they started a small business. We should in a world where all people have an equal opportunity to succeed.

Harborstone Credit Union

We at Harborstone Credit Union are passionate about helping small businesses because they are the backbone of the economy.

Isaac R.

I support the Community Impact Fund because when my great-grandparents immigrated to the US they started a small business. We should in a world where all people have an equal opportunity to succeed.

Remitly

At Remitly we are proud to help facilitate the generosity of immigrant communities and believe it is our duty to support our communities too.

Susan H.

Since moving to Bellingham five years ago, I’ve fallen in love with the city and consider it home. Proud to support its great small businesses!

Michael F.

As a kid, it is so cool to walk around and be able to go into different kinds of stores. I know they are all small businesses and they’re awesome!

Marcus H.

I donate to support local small businesses because even a small amount touches the lives of so many people in our community. Giving to the Community Impact Fund has the added benefit of supporting traditionally underserved entrepreneurs.

Alyssa P.

Small businesses add character and texture to our neighborhoods!

Elizabeth L.

Since I have been helped during this COVID Crisis I believe as a Woman-owned and Veteran-Owned business I should donate to help others that may not have been so fortunate.
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