Dave Nelson was a Bellingham native, a former Marine and the victim of a violent tragedy that unfairly took his life at the young age of 31. The Dave Nelson Memorial Foundation is an effort to let Dave’s name live on, and raise money for the future of youth in the city that he loved.
Dave was proud of his military service, and came from a family with a strong military tradition. Following in his father's footsteps, he joinied the Marine Corps after high school, serving two tours in Iraq and returning again as a private contractor. He was a firm believer in living life to the fullest regardless of economics, strived to continue his education as much as possible through reading, travel, music and hoped to one day to pursue a higher education.
About the Dave Nelson Memorial Foundation
Our Mission: Uniting friends and family to celebrate and honor the life of Dave Nelson by serving the community he loved.
In 2013, we held the 1st annual Dave Nelson Memorial Classic in honor of our friend, Dave. In our first two years we raised over 15,000 dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project. In our third year, we achieved 501c3 status and worked closely with the Bellingham School district to establish the Dave Nelson Memorial Scholarship. We are proud to help Bellingham students - whose family members have dedicated their lives to our Armed Forces - to achieve their educational goals.
As we enter our 6th year, with the continued growth of our charity and donations we are proud to announce that we are expanding our reach in 2018. We searched for a cause that would unite our organization’s desire to spend all donations locally while addressing the issues facing our children and the reality of Dave’s death. We are beyond pleased to announce that a portion of our profits will benefit the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s Youth Program. The WDRC Youth Program works first-hand in schools with at-risk youth teaching peaceful conflict resolution and productive anger and stress management attacking the root of violence before it can manifest.