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Calling all Whatcom County Parents and Caregivers!

Western Washington University is studying childcare needs and wants to hear from you. Whether you use childcare or not, your input is important.  To complete the survey, follow this link:

¡Llamando a todos los padres y cuidadores del condado de Whatcom! Western Washington University está estudiando las necesidades de cuidado infantil y quiere saber su opinión. Ya sea que use el cuidado de niños o no, su opinión es importante.Para completar la encuesta, siga este enlace:

Join us this Thursday, February 25th for an Igniting Philanthropy session on Virtual Fundraising featuring Generous Change!

Remember way back in 2019, when fundraising meant meeting potential donors face-to-face? Did you ever think you’d be fundraising via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or…gulp…the plain old phone?!

Don’t wait to get back to 2019. You can adapt and thrive at virtual fundraising. With three key skills, you can begin to have more purposeful donor conversations, craft a more powerful case for support, and feel more confident in your next donor visit.

In this session, you will:

  • Identify the three key skills to adapt to virtual fundraising
  • Identify questions for more purposeful donor conversations
  • Learn a strategy for stronger case-building
  • Feel more confident in your next virtual donor visit
Thursday, February 25, 11am to noon
COVID-19 and Nonprofits: Vaccines
Thursday, March 4, 2021
12:00PM - 1:30PM
Online through Washington Nonprofits
Free and open to all

Hear updates from experts, ask your most pressing questions, share strategies with peers, and learn how one nonprofit is educating community members about COVID and vaccines.
Funding and support for this project has been provided by the State of Washington, Department of Labor & Industries, Safety & Health Investment Projects.

Whatcom Reads

Esi Edugyan, author of Washington Black will visit Whatcom County in March 2021. Watch for event updates, including the Allied Arts Challenge, Whatcom WRITES anthology readings, and other special programs.

Read the book. Join the conversation.

Merger: A Strategy for Nonprofit Sustainability
March 4 - 10:00-12:00pm Pacific

Merger and other forms of organizational alignment are time-tested strategies for nonprofits to increase mission impact, improve financial health and enhance long-term sustainability. During the current public health and economic crisis, merger is a timely and viable option for many organizations to consider. Merger: A Strategy for Nonprofit Sustainability unpacks what nonprofit leaders needs to know about a range of options to restructure organizations. MORE INFORMATION

Nonprofit Financial Strategy in Response to Crisis
March 11 - 10:00-12:00pm Pacific

The current public health crisis has disrupted nonprofits’ operations and funding sources, with longer-term impacts that remain unknown. Organizations face immediate budget impacts and potentially serious threats to sustainability. Organizational leaders need help to navigate through this situation and bring board and funders along to a place of greater sustainability. That is what this webinar is all about. MORE INFORMATION

Build a Learning Strategy to Expand Reach, Revenue, and Impact
March 9 - 9:00-12:00pm Pacific

You deliver trainings. You might also produce a few checklists, templates, or white papers to help people get what they need. You struggle to figure out the business model to cover the costs of your programs, let alone maximize their impact across your community. It is time for a learning strategy to expand reach, revenue, and impact. MORE INFORMATION
This year, Whatcom Women in Business will be awarding three (3) $5,000.00 scholarships to women entering higher education including but not limited to technical or trade school, beauty school, community college or university. Applicants must be a high school graduate by Spring 2021 and a current Whatcom County resident or student in Whatcom County. WWIB considers scholarship applications from individuals who identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned at birth.
Click here for more information.

Applications are due by March 31st, 2021

The WWU SBDC is offering assistance in applying for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to nonprofits in Whatcom County 

The PPP has been a lifeblood for many local businesses and we are excited to be able to connect our nonprofit sector to this great opportunity for pandemic financial relief. PPP applicants may contact the WWU SBDC office at (360) 778-1762 or to arrange a free and confidential appointment with a certified business advisor. Please let the program specialist know you are calling from a nonprofit or put 'Nonprofit' in the subject line of your email.


The new HUD Secretary will recognize partnerships between grantmakers and local government entities/nonprofit partners that demonstrate innovation and effectiveness to increase the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents. Applicants are welcome from across all geographies—urban, suburban, and rural, with two awards reserved for rural applicants. The deadline is March 1st, 2021. Click here for more information.

Questions? Email Stephanie Powers, Sr. Advisor for Public Policy and Partnerships


Thanks to partnerships with our sponsors and funders, a limited number of scholarships for the 2021 Washington State Nonprofit Conference are available. The application takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Recipients pay only $25 (a $175 discount) to attend the main conference from May 17 through 21. Scholarships do not include Deep Dive sessions. 

Washington Nonprofits is committed to creating a conference that represents Washington state's vibrant diversity including but not limited to: racial diversity, ethnic diversity, gender identity, socioeconomic and geographic status, sexual orientation, ability, citizenship status, language, religion, and national origin, among other identities. 
Priority funding is given to:

  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • emerging leaders, and
  • small and rural organizations.
Scholarships do not include Deep Dive sessions. Scholarships are limited to one individual per organization. Those who received a scholarship to the Washington State Nonprofit Conference in 2020 are not eligible. If the application form is not accessible to you, please call (855)299-2922 x108 or email.

WECU Offers Education First Grants

Whether it’s supporting a good cause or providing financial education resources where they are needed, WECU is deeply committed to its mission of making a meaningful difference in the lives of our members and the communities we serve. Currently, the letter of intent deadline for the Education First grant program is March 31, 2021.

Please visit to
Download the RFP.

Need PPE?

As the region continues to respond to COVID-19, North Sound ACH is working to regionalize a resource for personal protective equipment and supplies (i.e., cloth and disposable masks, sanitizer and gloves). Their team wants to assure the community organizations have what is needed, especially those who work and live in high-risk exposure settings.

To help PPE be distributed as quickly as possible, complete this form to submit your request. North Sound ACH will be in touch soon to coordinate your pick up. Feel free to share/forward this email to other organizations in our region who might also need these supplies! 

Feel free to contact us at with any questions. 

Vaccine Access

From WA DOH: We are providing this information to assist you and your local partners to address questions/concerns expressed by those you are serving related to the availability of COVID-19 Vaccines.

Washington is currently in Phase 1B tier 1 of vaccine distribution.  This means the vaccine is available to anyone 65 and older, and all people 50 and older who also live in a multigenerational household. This is in addition to populations eligible during phase 1A including health care workers at high risk for COVID-19 infection, first responders, people who live or work in long-term care facilities, and all other workers in health settings who are at risk of COVID-19. Learn more about who gets the vaccine and when.
In addition, please share freely these links:
Vaccine Information :: Washington State Department of Health
Frequently Asked Questions :: Washington State Department of Health
Phase Finder Tool :: Washington State Department of Health
We also understand that not all Washingtonians have access to the internet to look up information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. For people who are unable to use Phase Finder because of language, disability, or technology barriers, you can call 1-800-525-0127. The call center staff can help you see if you are eligible for the vaccine and find a vaccine location. The call center is open from 6:00am – 10:00pm Monday-Friday and 8:00am – 6:00pm Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. The person can then call the sites to get an appointment. When they go to their appointment, they tell the vaccine provider that 211 (or the hotline) confirmed their eligibility.  We’ve been telling providers they should accept this since some people can’t get “proof” any other way. If they are denied their appointment, the can call back to 211 and get another site or report this to  
State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline: Dial 1-800-525-0127, then press #. Language Assistance Available.

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