Nonprofit Resources

Research grants and learn skills to build the capacity of your nonprofit.

Bellingham Public Library is part of the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, organizing and disseminating information that connects nonprofits and grantmakers.

Free to Bellingham Public Library Cardholders

Foundation Center resources
Available only at Central Library; access is not available from home.

Foundation Center resources, the most comprehensive databases on grantmakers and their grants, are provided by a generous grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation. Come to the Central Library to use these resources, then download or email information as needed:

Finding Funders class

Looking for grants for your nonprofit? Attend a free Finding Funders class to receive hands-on practice using Foundation Directory Online.

  • 2020 classes: January 16, February 20, March 19, April 16, May 14, June 13, September 17, October 15, November 19
  • All sessions are from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Central Library. To register, contact Deborah Brewer at (360) 778-7210 or
  • 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
  • View brief, helpful videos available through the Foundation Center YouTube Channel demonstrating how to use Foundation Directory Online

Other Library Resources

Our collection contains books and other materials on these subject areas:

Download the library’s Nonprofit Resource Center brochure (PDF).

Recommended Websites

Foundation Directory Online—Quick Start
If you can’t come to the library to use Foundation Directory Online Professional, you can still access basic information online on grantmakers and foundations through FDO Quick Start. This free product does not offer the many filtering and searching tools of FDO Professional, but can provide a start to your search.

Foundation Maps: free version
A free visualization tool from Foundation Center that allows you to see what is being funded, where in the United States and the world funding is going, and who is providing that funding.

A compilation of information and resources aimed specifically at nonprofits interested in increasing their operating, managing, and fundraising skills.

If you need background information for your proposal, IssueLab is a good source of current research on the social needs that your nonprofit is addressing. You can search any of 38 issue areas and get an overview of research related to that subject.
Connect your nonprofit or charity with free or low cost tech products and services, and get help making informed decisions about technology.

Local Resources

Chuckanut Health Foundation
Advancing individual and community health in Whatcom County by investing in health related programs, projects, and health education activities.

United Way of Whatcom County
Find projects and partners, lists events, and links to the Nonprofit Event Calendar.

The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County
The Center helps nonprofits expand their capacity to recruit and manage volunteers successfully so agencies can focus on providing vital services.

Whatcom Community Foundation
A public charitable organization created to enrich the quality of life for all residents of Whatcom County, the Foundation is both a grantmaker and a vehicle for donors to accomplish their philanthropic dreams.

Whatcom Nonprofit Network
A networking hub and education resource providing resources, job openings, event information, tools, and more.

Regional Resources

501 Commons
The Commons boosts the capacity of nonprofit organization to thrive over the long term and effectively serve their communities.

Department of Revenue: Nonprofit organizations
Information for nonprofits on how to register with the Department, pay their taxes, fundraising guidelines, and tax exemptions.

Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Research, community outreach and events, and an extensive list of linked agencies and information on all aspects of managing and growing your nonprofit.

Nonprofit Assistance Center
Training and consulting resources that emphasize working with low income communities and communities of color.

Secretary of State: Charities
Information about charities, charitable trusts, and charitable solicitations in Washington State.

Wayfind: Attorneys supporting communities
Free legal services to Washington nonprofits that cannot afford to pay legal fees.

Washington Nonprofits
Collaborative network of nonprofits serving Washington State through advocacy, research, education, and capacity building.

Washington Service Corps
The Corps is part of the federal AmeriCorps program, and places members individually or in small groups or teams in organizations across the state.

Federal Resources

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Detailed program descriptions for federal assistance programs. Nonprofits qualify for a selection of these programs. The website includes frequently asked questions, a User’s Guide, and a comprehensive search function.
U.S. government grants, loans, and other resources for nonprofits. The website is divided in teaching about how to apply for grants from the federal government, and the actual application process.

IRS Charities and Non-Profits
The IRS provides a wide variety of information helpful to all registered nonprofits, including forms and publications.