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The Importance of Donor Support

Donors, in addition to fundraising events and grants, are our bedrock in ensuring our non-profit organization's survival, as well as a key component to our ability to continue to meet the ever increasing need for dementia and Alzheimer supports within our community. It is especially important to a homegrown, local organization like ours, who can’t draw from other chapters or a national headquarters for support. 


People living with dementia and their care partners, are stressed, often feel isolated and many suffer from depression. Our groups and programs are designed to help pull people out of that isolation, give them purpose and help them reduce their stress. We make a conscious decision to offer our programs at little to no cost for a reason: the long term care of someone with a chronic, terminal illness is expensive.  It would violate our mission by adding to caregiver stress or denying help, support and education to those who can’t afford paid services.

Every single dime raised goes back into Dementia Support Northwest to help keep it operating, and each dollar gets used right here within northwestern Washington. 

When you donate, your dollars go toward locally funding:

  • Weekly peer groups for people living with early stage dementia

  • Weekly education-based peer support groups for caregivers

  • Over 300 hundred resource referrals a year

  • Countless hours of support and education for those calling in distress

  • Monthly support groups for children of parents living with Dementia

  • Memory Screenings

  • Support for the Project Lifesaver Program

  • Educational seminars, conferences, and trainings provided to the local community

  • A variety of Dementia Friendly Events

Our organization fulfills these programs and more with 2.2 FTE staff, and a team of dedicated and passionate volunteers in order to keep overhead costs at an absolute minimum. But even on the narrowest of operating margins, there are basic operating costs necessary to continue in the provision of these services, doubly so as the Baby Boomer population continues to age and the number of people with dementia in northwestern Washington continues to grow. 

Ways to Support Our Work

From one time donations, to monthly commitments, planned giving, and event sponsorships, we hope you can find a good fit for your desire to keep the lights on here at DSNW!

  • Planned Giving: Read More

  • Monthly and Quarterly Donors

  • Corporate Giving

  • Event Sponsorship

  • Hosting independent fundraisers

  • Interning/Volunteer Opportunities


Major 2021 Community and Financial Partners

  • Northwest Regional Council
  • Whatcom Community Foundation
  • The Chuckanut Health Foundation
  • The Mary H Storer Foundation
  • The Dudley Foundation
  • The Haggen Foundation
  • From the Heart Flower Stand
  • My Garden Nursery
  • The Harborview Lion's Club
  • Silverado Senior Living
  • The Bellingham at Orchard
  • The Palliative Care Institute
  • Seeking Health
  • Superfeet
  • Network for Good
  • The Tree of Good Hope
  • And over 200 private donors!
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