The effectiveness, success and sustainability of your nonprofit is vital to the populations/clientele you serve. They are dependent on you and quite frankly, so is the greater Waco community. Clearing the calendar to participate in area training opportunities is one of the most strategic ways you can serve, lead, and make a resounding impact for your nonprofit. Invest today! For a list of training opportunities hosted by Waco Foundation, click here.


Local Capacity Building Training Events & Monthly Meetings

Join WordPress Superfans in the greater Waco Area

There is a great new opportunity in town for all WordPress users. This group meets to discuss about WordPress and the topics surrounding it. For more information, follow this link here.



Social Media Breakfast is a resource that serves to assist with social media strategies.

Led by Caryn Brown at, here is a great way to ramp up your community base by learning how to connect with them on a daily basis. Join others for Social Media Breakfast throughout the end of the year! Schedule is as posted (click image for linked flyer): For further information, contact Caryn at or 254.722.2991


Nonprofit Network

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014

The meeting schedule is as follows:

8:00 am Doors Open- Refreshments & Networking
8:20 am Welcome & Announcements
8:30 am Program Begins
9:45 am Q&A Time
10:00 am Program Concludes

Location: Texas Life Annex, 1000 Washington Ave., Waco, TX 76701

Cost: FREE

RSVP’s are appreciated! To do so, please contact Karen Aho at the Cooper Foundation at

The Nonprofit Network is a monthly gathering of area nonprofit agencies. The FREE meetings, which are hosted by the Cooper Foundation, provide an opportunity for networking, peer learning and capacity building.

2015 Nonprofit Network Meeting Dates

Looking ahead, here are the upcoming dates for the 2015 Nonprofit Network

  • January 15
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19


November AFP Meetings

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 27,000 members in 180 chapters working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The Central Texas chapter serves more than 70 members in the greater Waco, Temple and Killeen areas. You may join the local chapter by accessing the national AFP website ( and following the instructions for membership election.  For more information, see the “AFP Membership” tab on the left-hand sidebar. 

Every 4th Thursday of the month, AFP meetings are held at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Education Building, 100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, TX 76706. To learn more about the meeting time and dates, visit

Other Regional Capacity Building Training Events

December 9 – Exempt Organizations Workshop for Charities

IRS Exempt Organizations offers one-day workshops for small and medium-sized 501(c)(3) organizations around the country  in collaboration with colleges and universities as part of our Academic Institutions Initiatives in an effort to help develop the nonprofit leaders of tomorrow. These popular workshops  are presented by experienced IRS Exempt Organizations specialists and explain the nuts and bolts of what 501(c)(3) entities must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations.

This introductory workshop is designed for organization administrators, volunteers who are responsible for tax compliance, the faculty and students of its academic hosts, and nonprofit practitioners.

Universities, colleges, or university-based nonprofit centers interested in hosting a workshop should contact Susan D. Ruth at or by phone at (202)317-8795 or e-mail the Exempt Organizations, CE&O mailbox.

All full-day workshops are approved by the IRS for six (6) continuing education (CE) credits for Enrolled Agents.

Date: December 9, 2014

Location: Austin Community College, 1212 Rio Grande St.,  Austin, TX 78701

Further information can be found by visiting the Workshops page.


January 14-16 Nonprofit Organizations Institute, The University of Texas School of Law

Registration is now open for UT Law and Philanthropy Southwest’s Nonprofit Organizations Primer and Institute, scheduled for January 14, 15-16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin.

Nonprofit Organizations Primer

The Nonprofit Organizations Primer is a perfect introduction for new entrants to the field or a refresher for seasoned practitioners. The program provides an overview of the essential characteristics, requirements, benefits and restrictions of being a tax-exempt organization; rules governing unrelated business income tax (UBIT); and an introduction to the basic finance and accounting issues and terminology of nonprofit organizations.

Individual Registration: $100 | $130 after January 7, click here

Nonprofit Organizations Institute

Don’t miss leading nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance and government discussing the latest tax, legislative and governance issues affecting nonprofit organizations.

Individual Registration:
 $545 | $595 after January 7, click here

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October 30, & November 6 & 13 – Webinar Series on Core Components for Driving Greater Impact, Stanford Social Innovation Review

In this unique and exciting webinar series, you’ll learn about three core components that are vital to creating greater impact—theories of change, performance metrics, and business models—as well as the leadership and cultural dispositions that bring them to life. All webinars will be moderated by Alexa Cortes Culwell, founder and managing director of Philanthropy Futures and visiting practitioner at Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Act now for big savings: Register for all three and save $27!

Session One: Theories of Change that Drive Learning and Improvement
October 30, 11 a.m. – 12 noon PDT / 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
A theory of change is an essential tool, but its use is widely misunderstood. In this session we’ll explore theories of change in detail, examining case studies from successful, high-impact nonprofits. Speakers include:

    • Lissette Rodriguez, director, Propel Next (a program of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation)
    • Gregg Croteau, executive director, United Teen Equality Center
    • Zenub Kakli, chief program officer, United Teen Equality Center

Session Two: Performance Metrics that Drive Organizational Outcomes
November 6, 11 a.m. – 12 noon PST / 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Successful leaders use performance metrics to drive impact, not impede it. A well-developed system of metrics aligns teams around performance review systems, financial and program reports, and even evaluation programs. Case studies will be shared. Speakers include:

    • Tiffany Cooper Gueye, president, BELL, Building Educated Leaders for Life
    • Melanie Moore, managing partner, Family Independence Initiative

Session Three: Business Models for Sustainability and Scale
November 13, 11 a.m. – 12 noon PST / 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Sometimes nonprofits develop strategic plans but leave the business model out. This session will demonstrate why a strong business model is vital to a higher impact, sustainable nonprofit. Participants will share examples, including some of the challenges they faced in building their business models. Speakers include:

    • Antony Bugg-Levine, chief executive officer, Nonprofit Finance Fund
    • Janet Gless, president, New Teacher Center

Register for one, two, or all three webinars. Save $27 when you register for all three! To view previous webinars in the SSIR Live! webinar series, go to

P.S. Away from your desk during the live events? That’s OK! Register and you can view a recording on-demand three hours after each webinar ends.

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