The Michele Hill Endowment was established by Michele Hill (1944-2012). Michele was a lifelong educator and children’s advocate. Michele devoted her life to being a supporter of many local and national efforts to alleviate suffering and promote human rights. Her generous nature and kind heart touched many lives. Michele spent many hours giving back to her community through her volunteerism. She served as an officer on the Board of Directors of The Arc of Whatcom County and was instrumental in the creation of The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center.
Michele believed in The Arc of Whatcom County’s mission “To improve the quality of life, increase the independence and assure the full inclusion in the community of all persons with developmental disabilities.”
The Arc of Whatcom County’s annual and ongoing expenses are largely met by program grants, in-kind donations and annual giving, but our organization’s future depends on our endowment. The Michele Hill Endowment is a permanent fund from which only earned income is spent. The principal is invested under the guidance of the Budget Committee of the Board of Directors. Funds come to the endowment through gifts designed for that purpose by donors and through unrestricted capital gifts that the Board of Directors designates for endowment.
By making a contribution to the Michele Hill Endowment, your gift will ensure that Michele’s vision of The Arc of Whatcom County as an effective resource, a strong advocate and a dedicated base of support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will be a reality for future generations.