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:

June 5, 2015 WCN E-News

July 2, 2015 WCN E-News

For E-news submission guidelines, click HERE 


Workshops and Trainings

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

Lunch and Learn Together – October 21st

Workplace Culture: What is it and can you change it?
Presented by Kathy Washatka, Organizational Development Director at the Opportunity Council

We throw the term “workplace culture” around all the time but what does it really mean? And can we change it?
In this session, we will begin to explore how workplace cultures are created and maintained, if they support our work in a healthy way and how we can influence change in the culture when it’s called for. It’s a big topic with lots to consider. This is the first of several Lunch and Learns that will focus on this important component of our work lives.

Wednesday, October 21st
Noon to 1:30pm
Whatcom Center for Philanthropy Conference Room
1500 Cornwall Avenue, Second floor
Bellingham, WA 98225
(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 

Creating an Annual Funding Plan October 29, 2015

Have you struggled to create a clear, concise fundraising plan? Are you and your board on the same page – almost or not even close? Learn from one of our region’s foremost teachers of fundraising planning. And bring a board member with you! This is a critical training topic for anyone who’s eager to build a solid and successful fundraising plan.
Director of Strategy

Speaker: Peter Drury is an Adjunct Professor in Seattle University’s Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program and at the University of Washington, where he teaches fundraising, nonprofit leadership, and strategic planning. A Past President of AFP Advancement Northwest, Peter is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker for advanced fundraising professionals, whose teaching and leadership draw on his master’s degrees in social work, business and divinity.

Date: Thursday, October 29, 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




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


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


WCN Enews and the Igniting Philanthropy Workshops are sponsored by: