Do you represent a non-profit organization focused on technology, education, and/or economic development? Contact us to learn how you can become a TAG Community Partner. If approved, you’ll receive TAG membership and sponsorship benefits for just doing the things you do as a partner of TAG. Benefits include unlimited job board access as an employer, complimentary tickets to TAG events, and promotion of your own events and announcements. Let’s do the things we do better together.
Become a TAG Community Partner
About: The Makerspace is a volunteer run non-profit with a big heart for connecting the Bellingham community and beyond. We provide access to creative tools, trades, and education for Makers from all walks of life.
Contacts: Mary Elliot, Executive Director (email); Jeremiah McCoy, Manager (email)
Bellingham Public Library (BPL)
About: The Bellingham Public Library serves the residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County, circulating over 1.6 million items annually to almost 60,000 active cardholders. Our library is known throughout the state and nation for its high use among community members. In state-wide data, Bellingham Public Library consistently ranks among the highest circulation per capita and among the most-visited.
Contacts: Library Admin (email)
Resources: Website, Tech Helper Volunteer
Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BRCC)
About: The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce is the leading advocate for businesses in the Northwest Washington region. The chamber advocates for a strong business community and aims to make the Bellingham and Whatcom County area a great place to live, work, shop and play by influencing public policy, aiding in economic development and helping its members succeed.
Contacts: Guy Occhiogrosso, President (email); Stephanie Wiley, Program & Events Coordinator (email)
Resources: Website, Events
About: A community innovation hub serving Bellingham, Washington. Mission statement: To cultivate a local innovation ecosystem and community in Bellingham, Washington as well as the surrounding region with innovation defined as, “the creation and implementation of novel ideas which deliver value”.
Contacts: Rhys Faler (email)
Resources: Website, Bellingham Entrepreneurs, Bellingham Startup Challenge
About: LinuxFest Northwest (est. 2000), an annual Open Source event co-produced by Bellingham Linux Users Group and the Information Technology department at BTC. LFNW features presentations and exhibits on free and open source topics, as well as Linux distributions & applications, InfoSec, and privacy; something for everyone from the novice to the professional!
Contacts: James Mason (email), Kevin Burkeland (email), Bill Wright (email)
Northwest Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC)
About: The NWIRC is a strategic partner for innovators – entrepreneurs and inventors – to help bring their ideas to life. We assist by building a customized strategy for success through an expert business toolkit, access to an exclusive Just-In-Time Mentorship™ program and an expansive community of local resources.
Contacts: Diane Kamionka, Executive Director (email); Lara Merriam-Smith, Program Manager (email)
Resources: Website, Events
About: The Seamonsters are FRC Team 2605 and are 25+ members strong. Our mission is to create an environment within the team that is as enriching as it is gratifying, where every student is presented with equal opportunities to pursue their interests in the applications of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Volunteer Opportunities: Program Mentor (software development and electronics experience desired)
Activities: Build season begins in January and competition begins in March.
Contacts: Program Email (email)
Social Alliance for a Vibrant Economy (SAVE)
About: We give students the skills they need to be more self sufficient by showing them how to start their own businesses! In addition to our ongoing Kids Biz Club courses at Alderwood and Cordata Elementary Schools, SAVE will be offering business startup courses for residents of Agape House in conjunction with the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham beginning in January 2020.
Contacts: David Spring, Executive Director (email)
SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention
About: The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention provides exciting and educational experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds through innovative programs and a world-class collection of artifacts representing the historic development of electricity, radio and early technology. Spark embraces the wonder and mystery of electricity.
Contacts: Abby Russell, Program Coordinator (email)
Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS)
About: Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) is a Microsoft Philanthropies program that connects classroom teachers with tech-industry volunteers to create sustainable CS programs. Volunteers support teachers as they learn to teach CS independently over time.
Contacts: Rachel Huang, Pacific Northwest Regional Manager (email)
About: The Technology Alliance is a statewide, non-profit organization of leaders from Washington’s technology-based businesses and research institutions united by our vision of a vibrant innovation economy that benefits all of our state’s citizens. Through programs, events, data analysis, and policy activities, we advance excellence in education, research, and entrepreneurship to support the growth of our high-impact industries; the creation of high-wage jobs; and economic prosperity for our entire state.
Contacts: Jaren Walker, Program Manager (email)