Whatcom Council of Nonprofits

Laurel_Hammond_WNP-9croppedreducedWe believe a healthy and vibrant nonprofit sector is critical to keeping our community strong. Our local organizations work in diverse areas; from feeding hungry families to restoring healthy salmon runs. Behind all of this good work, we are fortunate to have many passionate leaders and supporters.

The Whatcom Council of Nonprofits (WCN), a program of the Whatcom Community Foundation, is a networking hub and educational resource that strengthens the sector. WCN hosts monthly peer learning lunches where staff and volunteers exchange information and build skills. WCN also provides networking opportunities, an online calendar and a newsletter that includes resources, event information and more.

Click here for our Nonprofit Event Calendar

The work of this program is powered by an advisory committee of strong volunteers, focused on:
  • Building relationships and making connections through networking events and educational workshops.
  • Professional development and resource sharing through a regular enewsletter, peer learning opportunities, and an online nonprofit scheduling calendar.
  • Information and advocacy to promote nonprofit news and engage community leaders with local nonprofits. 

Tools of the Trade – click here

View the latest WCN E-news to find job openings, nonprofit trainings, tools and resources:

February 2, 2015 WCN Enews

February 24, 2015 WCN Enews

 For E-news submission guidelines, click HERE 

WCN Events

 2-25-15 schmoozefest

Workshops and Trainings

Lunch and Learn Together – an opportunity to share, learn and connect over lunch!

Let’s learn together how to transform our meetings! Join us for a series of 3 sessions:

Session 1 – Gratitude and ‘The Happiness Advantage’
Using tips from Shawn Achor’s book ‘The Happiness Advantage’ and other resources, we will share ideas on how gratitude and a positive focus can fuel our performance and maximize our potential.
When: Thursday, November 20, noon to 1:30
Where: Brigid Collins, 1231 North Garden Street, Bellingham WA

Session 2 – Shake Up Your Meeting Style
Come to our sampler to explore new ways of having conversations that matter: world café, circle, getting unstuck.
When:Thursday, January 22, noon to 1:30
Where: Brigid Collins, 1231 North Garden Street, Bellingham WA

Session 3 – Creative Conflict Resolution
When:Thursday, February 26, noon to 1:30
Where: Whatcom Center for Philanthropy, 1500 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham WA


AFP Advancement Northwest
2015 Igniting Philanthropy In Whatcom County

From Gandhi to Google: Building Movements in a World of Social Medias
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Time: 11:30 – 1:30
Place: Bellingham Golf & Country Club
Cost: Member: $40, Non‐member: $50, On‐site: $60
Presenter: Bill Toliver
Description: Bill Toliver will lead an insightful discussion on how the marriage of traditional consumer marketing and movement building can bring about just the kind of support your organization needs. Bill will demonstrate effective movement building efforts around the world, and dissect the essential ingredients of each in a way that empowers his audience with real world advice. Toliver has more than 20 years experience developing communications programs for Fortune 500 clients like Westin Hotels and Hewlett‐Packard, and has spent the last several years bringing nontraditional thinking to social impact organizations. As executive director of The Matale Line, Toliver has helped a number of national and international organizations—from UNICEF to the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, from United Way to the World Food Programme—reframe their approach to strategic decision‐making and communications.

Register online at: www.afpadvancementnw.org using the events calendar 

Inter-generational Funding: Generational Differences and Giving Impacts
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 – 12:00
Place: Bellingham Golf & Country Club
Cost: Member: $40, Non‐member: $50, On‐site: $60
Presenter: Barbara Grant
Description: As the population of donors ages, key challenges among fundraisers is how best to engage the younger generations of donors in philanthropic endeavors and to make giving a more central practice. This customized facilitation of generational differences and giving impacts will provide new insights and communication strategies to use with donors of all ages. Barbara Grant is the Founder and Principal Consultant for Barbara Grant Consulting Group and has been actively involved in leadership roles and building and developing communities and organizations in Washington State since 1986. Barbara’s experience reflects the diversity of the Puget Sound area, as her work has spanned the private, public,  and nonprofit sectors. Her current work includes varied clients such as international NGOs, small businesses, local nonprofits, and public institutions, as well as playing an important role in helping AFP Washington and NDOA

Register online at: www.afpadvancementnw.org using the events calendar 


Engaging the Board in your Major Giving Program
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: 11:30 – 1:30
Place: Bellingham Golf & Country Club
Cost: Member: $40, Non‐member: $50, On‐site: $60
Presenter: Karen Rotko‐Wynn
Description: TBD

Creating an Annual Funding Plan
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time: 11:30 – 1:30
Place: Bellingham Golf & Country Club
Cost: Member: $40, Non‐member: $50, On‐site: $60
Presenter: Peter Drury
Description: TBD
This series





Paula Berg, Whatcom Community College Foundation
Katherine Freimund, Whatcom Literacy Council
Virginia Lang, Lang Consulting
Randy Leventhal, Wild Whatcom
Trula Nicholas, Human Services Program, WWU
Debbie Paton, Opportunity Council
Jessica Renner, Studiohatch
Kirk Roberts, WA. Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Kathleen Roy, Brigid Collins Family Support Center
Angela Murray, Whatcom Volunteer Center


Connect with us or sign up for our e-newsletter at: info@whatcomcouncilofnonprofits.org


WCN Enews and the Igniting Philanthropy Workshops are sponsored by: