Communities In Schools of Whatcom County (Bellingham, WA)


  • Name:Dennis D'Amelio
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Communities In Schools of Whatcom County
  • Address:PO Box 6071
    Bellingham, WA 98227
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:360-778-3759

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Mobile phone:360-961-4752

User Email


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  • Mission:
    High-quality education reduces crime rates, improves civic participation, and enables communities to flourish. Today, public schools are struggling to connect with students as they fall through the cracks of a fragmented system. Communities In Schools of Whatcom County (CIS Whatcom) mission is: “Surrounding struggling students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”

    To accomplish this, CIS provides two levels of support:
    1) In most schools, Level One (short-term) services are available to every student and are intended to address school-wide needs.
    2) Most schools also offer Level Two (longer-term) interventions targeted to specific students who need intensive ongoing assistance.

    The key to our success is the Resource Coordinator. Resource Coordinators are assigned to partner schools and work with school staff to identify students at risk of dropping out, evaluate school and student needs, and provide resources to address those needs. The Coordinator tailors services to the needs of individual students; they might encompass academic help, direct provision of health care, counseling, transportation, donated goods, mentoring, afterschool programs, and much more.

    Without a diploma, these young people will find life after school to be far more challenging. Nearly half of all dropouts age 16-24 are unemployed. Dropouts are also 3.5 times more likely to be incarcerated than high school graduates to be arrested in their lifetime. In Washington State, only 73.5% of students graduate from high school. The graduation rate in the districts of Whatcom County where we operate is only 67.5%.

    The founder of CIS, Bill Millikin, defined ‘Five Basics’ that CIS Whatcom believes every child deserves:
    1) A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
    2) A safe place to learn and grow
    3) A healthy start and a healthy future
    4) A marketable skill to use upon graduation
    5) A chance to give back to peers and community

  • History:
    Communities In Schools was originally formed in 1977. The Washington State branch was developed in 1991. And in 2006, CIS Whatcom was created in a response to low graduation rates, inadequate preparation for a post-high school job market, and decreasing parent involvement and support for at-risk middle and high school students. Since then, CIS Whatcom has been adding board members expanding opportunity for kids and families and moving forward with our core objective: helping kids stay in school and prepare for life.

    • Alderwood Elementary - Strengthening Families in Spanish
    • Happy Valley - Welcome Four year Olds (School Readiness)
    • Sehome High – Enrichment - Improv for Education, Academic Tutoring, Community mentoring, Peer mentoring.
    • Everson Elementary - Mentoring, PTO Support, Enrichment, native mentoring, early childhood education Ready for K!
    • Nooksack High – Enrichment - Improv for Education, graduation coaching

    Last year 139 kids received individualized services. Another 642 kids benefited from school-wide supports needed to be successful in school and life. CIS works: for kids, families and communities.

  • Year established:2008
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:3
  • Staff size:4

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Dr. Larry Marrs
    Mark Knittel
    Nahrin Parsons
    Laurie Riskin
    Cyndie Shepard
    Geof Morgan
    Sam Aldrich
    Melinda Herrera
    Ricahrd May
    Greg Head
    Dennis D’Amelio

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Dennis D'Amelio

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Holly Baker - Asst Director
    Bess Butterworth - Development Director
    Louis Walbret - Grant Writer


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:64-0956619

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:640956619
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% GEOFFREY B MORGAN
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 6071
  • Organization City:BELLINGHAM
  • Organization State:WA
  • Organization Zip:98227-6071
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 2008
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$61,732
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$166,547
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$165,116
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 11:52:26 am

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