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Mauri Ingram and Susan Sharp

ANNOUNCING: Build Your Grant Writing Skills - Introduction to Proposal Writing Class
Tuesday, August 11, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
In the Lecture Room at the Central Library

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don't want to miss one of the Foundation Center's most popular classes! This newly revised class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include: the basic elements of a proposal, the "do's" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a proposal, and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no. Presented by Ganga Dharmappa, the Regional Training Specialist from the Foundation Center, San Francisco Office. For more information, contact Deborah Brewer at or 360-778-7210.

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

2015 Finding Funders Class Schedule

All sessions are from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, September 10, October 8, November 12

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 grantmakers. 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

Foundation maps
Foundation maps is Foundation Center's premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world. With a database of millions of grants since 2006, users can create maps and lists revealing patterns of funders, recipients, and grants given in all areas of philanthropic interest. You can narrow your search to local problems and populations or search worldwide.
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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