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Nonprofit Resource Center

Mauri Ingram and Susan Sharp

What is the Nonprofit Resource Center?

A collection of information and tools to help grantseekers find funds and to help nonprofits grow into vital community organizations.

We are part of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, organizing and disseminating information that connects nonprofits and grantmakers.

Where is the Center?

We are located in the Bellingham Public Library, Central Library, 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham, Washington. The collection is located on the main floor in the Reference area.

We are open regular library hours.

How can the Center help me?

We help grantseekers and nonprofits in three ways: Classes, Tools and Resources.



Looking for grants for you nonprofit? Attend a free Finding Funders class. You will receive hands-on practice on using the Foundation Directory Online.

Class is held at the Central Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Avenue. Registration is required. Please contact Deborah Brewer at (360)778-7210 or email

2014 Finding Funders Class Schedule

All sessions are from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
January 7, February 13, March 13, April 10, September 11, October 9, November 13

Can't make a scheduled class? You can arrange a free 45 minute, hands-on tutorial on how to use the Foundation Directory Online. Please contact Deborah Brewer at (360)778-7210 or email


Free in-library access to databases:

Foundation Directory Online Professional enables you to find funding for your nonprofit by searching a database of 100,000 profiled rantmakers. For a free half-hour, hands-on tutorial to learn how to use this database, please contact Deborah Brewer at (360) 778-7210 or
Funded by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is a searchable database focusing on education, scholarships and research grants for individuals.
Funded by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation

Philanthropy in/sight
Philanthropy In/Sight is an interactive mapping tool which combines the Foundation Center's data on grantmakers and their grants with familiar Google maps. Users can create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships and also overlay grant data with their choice of over 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to create compelling visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs.
Funded by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation

Free in-library access to websites:

The Library offers 28 public access Internet stations and free wireless Internet access.


The Center holds a collection of books and DVDs you can check out and reference items you can consult in the library.

Our collection contains materials on these subject areas:

Reference items are for in-library use.

Nonprofit Startup Resources - Washington
Compiled by the Foundation Center

Nonprofit Resources @ your library brochure

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