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RFP for Investment Services 

The Whatcom Community College Foundation (WCC Foundation) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission of strengthening the educational opportunities at Whatcom Community College.  WCC Foundation is issuing a request for proposal from qualified investment management firms to manage its investment portfolio of just over $7.7 million.

Responses are due by May 31, 2018, 4pm in order for a proposal to be considered. WCC Foundation finance committee and staff will evaluate proposals during June and reach out to the finalist firms to arrange interviews in the first weeks of July. The WCC Foundation finance committee will decide August 16th, 2018, which firm to award the contract to and forward to the WCC Foundation board at their September 18th, 2018 meeting.

Please see below for the RFP, questionnaire, and related documents.  


Caite Holman
Foundation Director  

Request for Proposal 
Questionnaire for RFP 
WCC Foundation Endowment Policy 1.0 
WCC Foundation Endowment Investment Policy 2.0 
WCC Foundation Endowment Spending Policy 3.0
Supplementary Questions & Responses


Recent Events 

Tour de Whatcom riders posing

Pictured from left: John Pedlow, John Stewart, and Chuck Robinson.

Thank you to Whatcom Events for offering a one-time ride at the 2017 Tour de Whatcom and to the many riders who joined the 'WCC 50th Legacy Ride'. The 50 mile route honored WCC’s 50th anniversary by linking several of the College’s early county locations.

We welcomed two lively groups to campus this summer. The first came to a Pottery Party, spending a pleasant afternoon in July at Roe Studio, under the expert tutelage of Art Instructor Rob Beishline. Guests learned pottery basics and each produced a platter to take home.

pottery party

A few weeks later, we hosted our second annual Chautauqua, a day of four mini-classes taught by some of our most creative and far-thinking faculty.

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Upcoming Events

For information or to register for an event please call 383-3320 or email


 Thursday, November 16: Join us for the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce Business After Business at WCC at 5:30pm in the Foundation building, Suite 201C. This event will feature some of the college's most popular Community & Continuing Education instructors. Celebrated chef Robert Fong will discuss holiday wine pairings, experienced dance instructor Janice Shepherd will lead a quick swing dance lesson, and local artist Trish Harding will demonstrate figure drawing. Don't miss this fun event!



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Support the College: Attend these WCC Foundation events

Pottery Party is July 10; second annual Whatcom Chautauqua is Aug. 1

Post Date:06/28/2017 11:54 a.m.

Two upcoming campus events support the Whatcom Community College Foundation and student scholarships. These events are a great way to support the College, make connections on and off campus, and have a little fun. Please join us! Space is limited; contact the Foundation at 360.383.3320 or to sign up.

The Pottery Party at Roe Studio includes an enjoyable afternoon of pottery, wine, and cheese. Indulge your inner artist 2 – 5 p.m. July 10 by creating your own serving platter at Whatcom’s Roe Studio. With the guidance of WCC instructor Rob Beishline, you will learn techniques as you work the clay to design your own ceramic platter. The registration fee is $125 per person and includes all materials.

Back by popular demand, the Whatcom Chautauqua returns August 1 with another robust day of the College’s most dynamic and inspirational faculty, speaking on subjects they love. The 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 gathering on WCC’s campus will feature dynamic, inspirational faculty, sharing insights and the latest research on subjects they love.

The $150 registration fee includes a full day of classes, catered locavore lunch with President Kathi Hiyane-Brown, and an optional campus art tour after class. The morning begins with an entertaining presentation on WCC’s 50th anniversary, which the College is celebrating in 2017. Faculty topics include:

“The Future of Math in 3-D” by Lee Singleton. No headache-inducing 3-D glasses required! This session covers 3-D printing and how it is being used to transform the classroom. See how three-dimensional objects that students help design and create can become a “hands-on” way of learning math and inspiring future engineers. Each attendee will receive a 3-D printed souvenir.

“Why Still So Few? The ‘Woman Problem’ in STEM” by Heidi Ypma and Tran Phung. The STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—have a woman problem: men are dominant in the tech industry, and for women, the numbers aren’t growing. Even with progressive initiatives and legislation to boost opportunities for women to enter STEM fields, women are still underrepresented in many STEM disciplines. As women in these fields, Ypma and Phung will share their experiences and some of the current research around this gender gap.

“Intensities of Silence” by Ben Kohn. All music comes from silence and goes to silence. But some forms of musical composition artfully use silence within the music itself to create intense emotions in the listener. Western classical music is rich in silences that rivet our attention, seize the heart, and speak louder than the sounds around them. The session examines the range of this “powerful nothingness” with subtle and dramatic examples from this tradition.

“Out of the Lab and Into the Real World” by Kaatje Kraft. In geology, oceanography and archeology, students have engaged in real-world problems while providing a service to their community. Through this process, they have not only learned science content and new life skills, but they’ve also faced the complex challenges that arise when science interacts with the community. This session explores student projects, examines their methods and results, and looks at the impact this “real world” science has had on students’ lives.

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