March 2019
Shanon Doolittle will be back in Whatcom County to share:
"How to Use Creativity to Improve the Donor Experience" on April 18!
Shanon Doolittle
Thursday, April 18
11:30 - 1:30
Bellingham Golf and Country Club

Joy. Surprise. Delight. As fundraisers, it's our privilege to create moments of happiness for our donors each time we interact with them. So imagine you're asked to make a list of a dozen new ways to do just that. Are you madly scribbling, uncomfortably sweating, or doing a little of both? No matter your reaction, creating fresh and fun new ways to bring joy to donors' lives is no easy task. But it's one worth during, and regularly, if you aspire to build the kind of donor relationships that a last a lifetime.  

Shanon Doolittle is a Born Do-Gooder, High-Fiving Fundraising Coach & Girl On A Mission to Spread Donor Happiness. Shanon helps non-profiteers and world-changers take better care of themselves and their donors with creative stewardship plans and donor thank you campaigns that put the FUN back in fundraising. (Cue the confetti!) If you've got donors dropping like flies, it's time to point more appreciation their way. They're humans too, and just like you they want to be showered with recognition for their good deeds and trust in you that their contributions are leaving a T-Rex imprint on the causes they rally behind. 
The Igniting Philanthropy Series is sponsored by the Whatcom Center for Philanthropy and United Way of Skagit County


Professional Development:

Washington State Nonprofit Conference Scholarhips Now Available!
  • Are you interested in attending the state nonprofit conference but lack the funds to cover the costs?
  • Are you an emerging leader, or do you know one who should be encouraged to attend?
  • Is your organization led by people of color or based in a rural community?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, this scholarship opportunity to attend the Washington State Nonprofit Conference is designed for you.

May 20 - 21, 2019
Bellevue, WA

Learn more  here. 

WCF's  Executive Director's Roundatable - An exceptional learning opportunity for local nonprofit Executive Directors

This spring we have several openings in our monthly Executive Director Roundtable groups, which are professionally facilitated by local coach and facilitator.  
The purpose of the ED Roundtable is to bring local Executive Directors together to:
  • Learn and share best practices with each other
  • Support each other in handling challenges around fund development, board relationships and managing staff and volunteers
  • Enhance leadership skills.
Interested EDs are encouraged to apply online between now and April 15.  We are hopeful that the new members will begin meeting with the group in May.
You must commit to meeting monthly for 2 hours for 1 year.
Group participation is 100% confidential
Executive Directors must have paid staff, and your organization must be in good standing with the IRS to participate.
We are looking for a range of experience levels to round out the group.
Selected participants will contribute $150 towards the cost of the program.  The Whatcom Community Foundation provides financial support to cover the full cost.
If you have questions, please call Rachel Myers at 360-671-6463 or email her at
To apply for this opportunity, please click here


Tools for Running an Effective Nonprofit Coming to Bellingham on April 6
'Tools for Running an Effective Nonprofit' is a daylong workshop for leaders of small, all or mostly volunteer organizations wanting to learn the basics on how to deliver your mission. Content will focus on Boards, Finance, Law & Planning.  Click here for more information.

Calendar of Offerings 

Learning is the gift that keeps on giving! Washington Nonprofits has archived all of their past webinars making it possible to expand learning, elevate voices and connect people. 

April: Turbo Charge Your Organization with "Yes, and..."  with Andrew McMasters
May: 10 Tips to Use Video to Fuel Your Fundraising & Marketing with Chris Donaldson & Melissa Loeffler Hohlbein
June: From Survey Hell to Heaven - in Three Easy Steps! with Corey Newhouse
July:  The Life Cycle of an Employee: HR Best Practices with Fernando Conill
August:  The Grant Nexus: Connecting Development, Finance, and Programs for Higher Impact with Brittany Kirk & Bailey Disher
September: Website Basics for Small Nonprofits with Mark Root-Wiley
October: 5 Things Everyone Needs to Know about Fundraising with Jim Shapiro
November: Volunteer Recruitment Webinar with Nate Baum & Julie Gehring
December: Get Press On Demand with Torie Rynning

Whatcom County Nonprofits Presents Nonprofit Brownbags 2019

Next Brown Bag:  April 24th 11:30-1pm
We need to talk ... Building healthy Board/ED relationships in small nonprofits.
With Kirk Roberts, Free Range Nonprofit Solutions
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

In small nonprofits, the lines between working Boards and minimal staff are often blurred. How can we navigate the tension between governance and operations when resources are sparse and duties often overlap? As with any relationship, the keys are respect, communication, and care. Let's talk about ways to build healthy relationships so we can focus on the mission, not the conflict.

Kirk Roberts is co-owner of Free Range Nonprofit Solutions in Bellingham, where he serves as Executive Director for three nonprofits and helps various organizations build capacity. Kirk has served as an ED for nearly 20 years and has worked in the nonprofit community longer than he would care to remember.

Bellligham Public Library Community Offerings 

Spring 2019 Community Conversations
Lecture Room at the Central Library

What do you care about? Libraries can help. Join us to talk about your aspirations for our community and how we can work together to strengthen it. We are hosting meetings this spring as part of planning for the library's future. Each 90-minute group "Community Conversation" is a chance for us to better understand people's hopes for their community, the concerns they have, and what they believe might make a difference. Our goal is to gather public knowledge, then determine where the library can help, as part of our strategic plan. Please join us for a conversation -- this is a rewarding way to meet other community members and contribute your ideas. More details about the project at . For questions about these meetings, contact Janice Keller, 360-778-7206 or

Street Law/Access ID
Saturday, April 6 & 20, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Street Law is a free, drop-in, legal advice clinic where people can ask questions and get legal advice in one-on-one consultations with volunteer lawyers. Demand for this clinic is high, so we recommend that attendees arrive on time to ensure being seen by an attorney.  Law Advocates works with low income individuals to gain the proper documents needed to get a state ID card. For more information, visit or call LAW Advocates at 360-671-6079.
Finding Funders for Your Nonprofit
Thursday, April 25, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Learn how to use the newly redesigned Foundation Directory Online (FDO) to find grant money for your nonprofit.The FDO is a searchable collection of profiles of 140,000 grantmakers and foundations. You can create searches to find grantmakers who care about the services your nonprofit provides and the populations you serve. Class includes hands-on practice. Register by emailing or calling Deborah Brewer at or 360-778-7210. The Foundation Directory Online is is funded by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation.



Conversations can make all the difference! Join your fellow community members for an interactive discussion that will guide you through the process of completing your Healthcare Directive & Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare.

First Thursday of Every Month - 6 to 8 pm
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham

Register here
For more information contact: Hilary Walker - 360-752-5267, 


Brigid Collins is Offering Sterwards of Children Training this Spring

April 23
5:30 - 7:30
Brigid Collins Family Support Center
1231 N. Garden Street, Bellingham

May 7
5:30 - 7:30
Brigid Collins Family Support Center
1231 N. Garden Street, Bellingham
To empower adults and protect children, Brigid Collins proudly partners with Darkness to Light to provide the nationally recognized, Stewards of Children training.

This revolutionary program educates adults to recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is the only child abuse prevention program shown to increase awareness of child sexual abuse, improve attitudes about adult responsibility and increase protective behaviors.
Trainings are offered to the public each month, and unless otherwise indicated, begin at 5:30pm and last two hours. To cover the cost of materials, there is a $10 fee to attend. Register for an upcoming training here.  

Interested in providing training to your group, organization or business? Facilitators are available for any group of six or more. For more information, or to schedule a training for your group, contact Andrea Harrison.

Foundation Center & GuideStar are CANDID.

What is Candid? Foundation Center & GuideStar joined forces to become Candid, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it.

What are they joiing forces? Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. Candid's data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants are the most comprehensive in the world. 

Click here for more information. 

Presenting in a Non-Profit World - Andy Goodman

The Presentation Podcast: Troy, Nolan and Sandy are joined by Any Goodman, a sought out expert on stroytelling, communications and presentation in the world of non-profits. The podcast covers his history and his book Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes for a fantastic hour of amazing presentation philosophy and talk about what to do - and what not to do - for presentations. 

Click here to listen. 

Funding & Resources

Thinking about Participating in GiveBIG?  
Learn more at

A Message from 501 Commons:

501 Commons is excited to present GiveBIG. We are grateful to The Seattle Foundation for creating GiveBIG and being its major funder since 2011. Thank you to the Nonprofit Giving Day Coalition for its commitment to maintaining GiveBIG and finding it a new home.

We are pleased to be working with Encore Media Group, which is bringing its knowledge of media and marketing to a promotional campaign that is bigger than ever. Thanks also to the 16 members of the GiveBIG Nonprofit Advisory Council for their support and counsel.

Click here to learn more.

Plan IT Program
Technology helps nonprofits raise money, be more productive, measure program effectiveness, and communicate. Plan IT is an action-learning program that empowers nonprofit organizations to make technology a greater ally in achieving their missions. Apply today! Learn more about the program here.  
City of Bellingham 2019 Small & Simple Grant Program - $5,000 grants to neighborhood associations! 

Mayor Kelli Linville has announced a new Small and Simple Grant program for 2019 neighborhood-improvement projects. All City-recognized neighborhood associations are eligible to apply. Deadline for applications is May 15.
The program is designed to offer neighborhoods a chance to collaborate on hands-on projects that support each unique neighborhood character and contribute to improving their community. Grants will be awarded for up to $5,000.
The application process is now open, and applications will be accepted through May 15, 2019. Click here for more information. 

Career Opportunities

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Wild Whatcom is hiring a new Executive Director! Learn more about this exciting position here

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and support of Whatcom County's nonprofit community.

Whatcom Nonprofit Network is a program of the Whatcom Community Foundation.