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:

March 2015 WCN Enews

April 2015 WCN Enews

 For E-news submission guidelines, click HERE 


Workshops and Trainings

2015-Lunch and Learn Workshops: An opportunity to share, learn, and connect over lunch!

Session 5 – More information coming soon!
When: TBA
Where: Whatcom Center for Philanthropy, 1500 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham WA
(2nd floor – Please do not park in the Bank parking lot and please use outdoor entrance across from the main entrance to the Bank)
Join our facilitators to learn more about how to share meeting responsibility with your colleagues. Leave with tips and ideas to explore!

*The monthly Lunch and Learn sessions are hosted by The Whatcom Council of Nonprofits, a program of Whatcom Community Foundation and are free and open to all non-profit organizations, board members and employees. (There is no lunch provided, but feel free to bring your lunch if you like.)

AFP Advancement Northwest
2015 Igniting Philanthropy In Whatcom County 

Engaging the Board in your Major Giving Program
Presenter: Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE 
Senior Vice President, West Division Manager
The Alford Group
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm (lunch included)
Place: Bellingham Golf & Country Club
Cost: Member: $40, Non‐member: $50, On‐site: $60
Register Online using the AFP Advancement Northwest Event Calendar


Join us to gain a better understanding about how to grow your philanthropic potential by devDescripotioneloping a robust major gifts program by engaging your board in the process. We will explore where the greatest potential for growth lies within your organization; the difference between annual and major gifts; what constitutes a “major gift”; and how to engage your board and volunteers in the process of identifying “top prospects.” Find out how to help your board become successful in the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts.

Our featured speaker is Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Senior Vice President – West Division Manager for The Alford Group. Karen has been a leading consultant to nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest through The Alford Group since 2001 and has helped organizations and agencies of all sizes and sectors increase their philanthropic potential. She trains Board members on their role in building philanthropic capacity and leads organizations through the cultivation and solicitation process. She currently teaches the fundraising curriculum for the University of Washington certificate program in nonprofit management; is a Board Officer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) National Foundation; and presents at conferences nation-wide.

Learning Outcomes:
Fundraising leaders will earn 1.5 continuing education credits toward CFRE (re)certification, and leave with:
• An understanding of trends and issues in nonprofit board development;
• Tools for aligning board skills in support of a culture of philanthropy;
• Practical tools for prospect development and a rating exercise;
• Knowledge of best practices in board development and board fundraising;
• Clear expectations of the roles and responsibilities of a Major Gifts committee.
The most successful major gifts programs have strong volunteer leadership and engagement – Discover how you can strengthen your major gifts effort by engaging your board!



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, North Cascades Institute
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


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WCN Enews and the Igniting Philanthropy Workshops are sponsored by: