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The Whatcom Dream is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that uses the

Asset Based Development model. Our programs and services operate on

the idea that everyone can contribute positively to our community. 


We provide education and opportunity for financial empowerment through public community courses, and “hand-up/pay it forward” benefits to course graduates.

As a result of our programs:

29% of Whatcom Dream course graduates entered adult education

25% are

55% begin investing in a savings account

What Clients Are Saying:

“When I first got into contact with Whatcom Dream, I hated money. I was in debt, financially stressed and didn't know anything about budgeting. I had been in a series of situations where I felt financially controlled and had developed a keen sense that I wasn't capable of managing my own money or that I was ever going to get out of poverty.
Slowly, through the financial literacy class and private financial coaching sessions, I grew to understand more about how to regain control over my finances.
Under the guidance of WD staff, I have gotten out of debt and been empowered to see myself as capable of managing my money. The kindness of the WD team has overwhelmed me as they have journeyed with me toward a future of being self-sustained and independent.
I am now building a career for myself, and feel prepared for the future in a way that I would not have been if the WD had not been in my corner. They are helping me restore my relationship with my finances and because of this I am so grateful for their mentorship, support and unwavering presence over the last few years."

- Emily

Our Poverty IQ Workshops and Poverty Simulation Events provide a glimpse into what it’s like to live in poverty.

These educational and experiential events are offered free of charge to all participants with the singular goal of increasing awareness, cross-economic understanding, and compassion for our neighbors. 


Any amount you can donate makes a difference in the lives of those working to improve

their circumstances.


In Person

1846 Iron Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

Make a tax deductible donation

by clicking here‏.

Over the Phone

It's easy to donate offline too.

Tel: (360) 306-8324

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