Whatcom Nonprofit Network

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 Nonprofit Network (WNN), a program of the Whatcom Community Foundation, is a networking hub and educational resource that strengthens the sector. WNN also provides networking opportunities, special trainings, 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 staff and 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. 

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

July 2016 WNN E-News

August 2016 WNN E-News

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Workshops and Trainings


2016 AFP Advancement Northwest Presents:  
Igniting Philanthropy Luncheons/Breakfasts Sponsored by the Whatcom Center for Philanthropy

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What:  Planned Giving Panel
When:  October 18, 11:30am to 1:30pm, lunch will be served
Where:  Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 3729 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA  98225

Registration:  Member:  $40, Non-member:  $50, On-site:  $60

Register online via AFP Advancement Northwest

The Bellingham Breakfast and Luncheon programs bring lively and engaging fundraising leaders to Whatcom County to enhance professional development offered in Northwest Washington. A group of Whatcom County fundraising professionals who understand the community’s needs chooses the topic for each program. Fundraising professionals with any level of experience will find this series insightful and engaging. 

Did you know that the largest gift most of us will ever make is through our estate? Research also shows that we are at the beginning of the largest transfer of wealth in our country’s history as the baby boomer generation ages and leaves money to their loved ones and to the organizations they care about deeply.

There has never been a better time to focus on your organization’s planned giving strategy.

This workshop will highlight case studies to illustrate the importance and effectiveness of planned giving, including private foundations and donor-advised funds. You’ll learn how to successfully incorporate planned giving into your fundraising efforts and how planned giving is one way to build endowments. 


Matthew Hammatt, Planned Giving Director at Western Washington University, began his career as an intellectual property attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. He also spent two years as in-house counsel at an advertising and marketing company. Since relocating to Bellingham in 2001, his work has largely focused on areas of real estate and marketing.

Kevin DeYoung is an Accredited Estate Planner who leads Larson Gross CPAs & Consultants’s Estate Planning & Trusts practice.

He is a member of the Northwest Estate Planning Council board, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. Kevin team-teaches a well-known class with a local estate planning attorney for called “Wills and Estate Planning: An Introduction.” Since 2007, Kevin has served on the Whatcom Community Foundation board, where he is the Investment & Finance Committee chair.

Katti Esp , an attorney at Wealth Retention services, designs and implementsindividualized estate plans and assisting clients with the probate process. She collaborates with families and individuals and their financial planners and accountants to retain the greatest amount of wealth for family, friends, and charities. 


Mauri Ingram, serves as president and CEO of the Whatcom Community Foundation, which builds community and capacity in Whatom County by putting all its forms of capital to work — human, knowledge, social and financial — through multi-pronged investment starategies that include community participation, leadership, grant-making and more. Once a longtime restaurant owner, Mauri is the founding executive director of what is now the Downtown Bellingham Partnership. She remains active in nonprofit leadership, serving on the board of directors of Philanthropy Northwest, a regional funders learning network. 

In this session, you will learn:

1. How to access planned giving experts in our community.

2. Different planned giving options for both you and your donors.

3. New ways to incorporate planned giving into your organization’s development plan.

This program is eligible for CFRE credit hours. 
More information coming soon.

Northwest Washington Igniting Philanthropy Series – breakfast or luncheon programs that showcase engaging fundraising leaders from the Northwest. A group of Whatcom County fundraising professionals who understand the community’s needs curate the topics each year. Fundraising professionals with any level of experience will find this series insightful and engaging. 

For more information: 
Contact: Advancement Northwest Office
Phone: (206) 971-3605
Email: office@afpadvancementnw.org 

WNN Volunteers

Hannah Martine, Honorworks
Katherine Freimund, Whatcom Literacy Council
Virginia Lang, Lang Consulting
Jessica Renner, Studio Hatch
Karen Kildall, Northwest Washington Fair

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