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:

WCN E-News_September 2014

WCN E-News_ October_2014

 For E-news submission guidelines, click HERE 


Workshops and Trainings

Igniting Philanthropy Workshop Series
Building a Culture of Philanthropy: How to engage your organization in development, with Susan Howlett  susanHowlett

When:  October 16, 2014, 8:30am to noon (breakfast from 8:30-9am)
Where:   Bellingham Golf and Country Club
Register online

Are You Delivering on the Donor Promise?  Repeated research has revealed what donors want most when they support our work, but most non-profits fail to deliver those things.  Find out how easy it can be to meet their needs, so they’ll give again and give more. You’ll leave this session with concrete steps you can implement immediately, with little or no investment of time or money

Co-hosted by AFP Washington, Whatcom Community Foundation and United Way of  Whatcom County
Sponsored by Aloca Intalco Works 

Registration: $40 for AFP members / $50 for non-members / $60 onsite*
*Pre-registration closes 2 days before the event

Need registration help?

Contact the AFP-WA office at 206-367-8704


SchmoozeFEST! Connect with local nonprofits  

When:  October 23, 2014, 5-7pm
Where:   Legacy Room, Silver Reef Casino, 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale, WA  98248

The Whatcom Council of Nonprofits – a program of Whatcom Community Foundation, invites local nonprofits volunteers and staff to attend SchmoozeFest! Connect with local nonprofit leaders, share ideas and discover what is new with your nonprofit colleagues, enjoy snacks and a beverage and enter a drawing to win a great prize!

2013 SchoomFest, courtesy of Laurel Hammond

2013 SchoomFest, courtesy of Laurel Hammond

No entry fee!

Resources and Opportunities

Candidates Forum on Human Services is next Thursday, October 16, 5:30-7:30, at the Municipal Courthouse on C Street in Bellingham.  This forum will, as always, have questions written by human service professionals that ask candidates how local government should help insure families’ basic needs are met.

We need your help to make sure the room is full so candidates know our voice matters.  

More info:  2014 Candidate Forum Flyers




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
Jodi Sipes


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


WCN Enews and the Igniting Philanthropy Workshops are sponsored by: