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:

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.
 AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) – Monthly Meetings

Every 4th Thursday of the month, AFP will hold meetings from 8:30 am – 10:00 am. Join your professional fund development colleagues for a time of networking and learning.

To receive regular information about the monthly topic and registration, add your name to the distribution list at
Social Media Breakfast is a resource that serves to assist with social media strategies.
Led by Caryn 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
KEEPING IT LEGAL - September 3 Event Logo Image

Planning that next great fundraiser? Don’t jeopardize your nonprofit tax status!  Whether it’s a golf tournament, an evening reception, or a bake sale, the IRS has something to say about how funds are collected, donated, and reported. Learn what the IRS expects from you!
Hosted by Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell (JRBT) and Waco Foundation, this half-day workshop led by Nancy Toups will provide
attendees with insight and directions on how to accurately manage and account for fundraising activities.
Topics include:  
  • Events (auctions, receptions, food sales, and more)
  • Games of Chance (bingo, raffle)
  • Sales & Use Tax
  • Sponsorship & Marketing
  • Proper Donor Acknowledgement
  • Private Benefit & Inurement
Date: Wednesday, September 3 Time: 9 am – 12 pm │ Check-in starts at 8 am Location: MCC Conference Center │4601 North 19th St., Waco, TX 76708 Cost: Early Bird Rate $15│Use discount code: EARLYBIRD before August 12 (discounted price is reflected on payment page); Regular Rate $25 │Through August 26

Registration closes August 26.
Cancellations after August 22 will be refunded on a prorated basis.
CPE credits are available for this course!







Event Logo Image FUNDRAISING FUNDAMENTALS - September 26

Staff suffering from burnout? Working with outdated strategies and ideas? Can’t take that big idea to scale? The struggles many nonprofits face today are rooted in a lack of money. Let us help you develop a strategy for getting more of it.
Led by fundraising consultant Kay Sprinkle Grace, this full day workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the fundraising process, best practices in the field and tips for developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan for their organization.
 Topics include:  
  • Preparing your nonprofit for the marathon
  • The components of a good fundraising plan
  • Fund development process
  • Fundraising strategies/tools
  • Prospect research & personal solicitations
  • The benefits of fundraising planning
  • Gift acceptance, donor acknowledgement, recognition & relations 
CPE credits are available for this course!  Date: Friday, September 26 Time: Registration begins at 8 am, Session runs from 9 am – 4 pm Location: MCC Conference Center │4601 North 19th St., Waco, TX 76708 Cost: Early Bird Rate $15 │ Use discount code: EARLYBIRD through 9/2 (discounted price is reflected on payment page); Regular Rate $25 through September 17  Registration closes September 17. Cancellations after September 12 will be refunded on a prorated basis.


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Other Regional Capacity Building Training Events:

Faith & Fundraising Course A fundraising course designed for congregations and faith-based organizations AUGUST 19-21, 2014 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM daily NCAA HALL OF CHAMPIONS 700 S Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204  TAKE-AWAYS FROM THIS COURSE INCLUDE:

  • Learn the six elements of fundraising
  • Explore the role of pastoral leadership, theological integrity, and organizational transparency
  • Create a culture of generosity
  • Understand the importance of philanthropic discernment for prospective donors
  • Grow the philanthropic support your faith community needs

THIS PROGRAM IS IDEAL FOR: Congregational leadership, denominational executives, religious nonprofit directors, directors of theological institutions, faith-based fund development professionals COST: $1,235 per participant LEARN MORE AND REGISTER TODAY! Faith & Fundraising is offered collaboratively between Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and The Fund Raising School, both part of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  The Fund Raising School teaches comprehensive, proven fundraising concepts and principles, incorporating the latest research. At the same time, it offers specific tools and techniques that enable and empower fundraisers to effectively plan and manage fund development campaigns and programs.

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving exists to foster a greater understanding of the ways in which faith both inspires and informs giving by providing knowledge, education, and training. Through years of intentional community building, we have nurtured an environment for public inquiry and crafted hands on training that assists faith communities and donors in the pursuit of their philanthropic passions.

Both part of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

12th Annual Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Course

Live in AustinBrochure_Page_1 August 21-22, 2014 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin VIDEO Dallas September 18-19, 2014 Cityplace Events Hot Topics

  • Preparing a Policies, Practices, & Procedures Manual for You Organization
  • Lobbying, Political Campaigns, and Candidate Related Campaign Activity
  • TABC Issues
  • Gift Acceptace Policies: Should “Yes” Always Mean “Yes”?
  • What You Need to Know about Document Retention and Discovery
  • Employment Law – Do’s and Dont’s of Hiring and Firing
  • Using Social Media to Raise Funds and Make Grants

Course Amenities

  • Coffee & Pastries included each morning │ lunch both days
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Course materials provided as a PDF download and a printed notebook (or receive the PDF download only at a discount!)

MCLE Credits are available.

Click here to see the full line of topics for discussion, how to register, and where to stay!


Untitled We are headed to the 2014 Texas Nonprofit Summit in Austin on September 18-19, and want you to see you there, too! This year’s Texas Nonprofit Summit is going to be better than ever, with top-notch keynote speakers, more than 40 breakout sessions to choose from, and countless networking opportunities.

  • Keynote addresses on Collective Impact, the Myth of Nonprofit Overhead, and Millennial Engagement from Bill Strickland, Ken Berger, and Kari Dunn Saratovsky
  • 24 sessions on topics ranging from impact measurement to advisory boards to earned income strategies to sparking creativity on your team and much more, all led by national leaders
  • Access to an additional 20+ sessions designed for nonprofit capacity builders and hosted by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, which is holding their national conference concurrently with the Texas Nonprofit Summit
  • Networking reception and happy hour with your fellow nonprofit professionals and hundreds of leaders attending the Alliance Conference.

When: September 18-19, 2014
Where: Renaissance Austin Hotel, Austin, TX
Early Bird Registration Rates through June 15: $185 for Greenlights members and OneStar grantees; $210 for non-members/grantees: Rates are $235 for members/grantees and $280 for non-members/grantees after June 15



 EO 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: September 25, 2014

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

Further information can be found by visiting the Workshops page.

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Webinar 201: Optimizing the Board Chair/CEO Relationship, BoardSource

An effective board chair/CEO relationship is among the most critical factors for organizational success. These two individuals touch every area of board performance and drive the organization’s outcomes. Many board chair and CEO relationships are good, but leaders know they could be better. And with the challenges and changes organizations face, leaders should not settle for a good relationship when it could be great.

With other priorities pulling at your time, you may not be sure where to start or how much more time you should invest in the relationship. In this webinar, we’ll provide a framework for thinking about the behaviors, activities, and work patterns between the board chair and CEO that generate the highest level of trust, communication, and impact for an organization. Through case studies, we will provide examples of how the critical board chair/CEO relationship can be optimized over time to deliver the greatest impact.

This webinar is sponsored by Harvard Business School Executive Education.

Date: August 7, 2014 Event start time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time Location: Webinar


FREE: Trends in Grant Awards – Which Organizations Win Over $100,000 in Grant Awards (NEW),

Why does it matter? Well, if we can understand and define the demographic and grantseeking strategy characteristics of organizations that receive $100,000 or more in annual awards, we can then compare these characteristics with those of our own organizations. In this webinar, Ellen Mowrer, GrantStation’s Director of Business and Marketing, will discuss techniques and tweaks that can help organizations move into the ranks of those receiving $100, 000+ awards. Perhaps most importantly, this webinar will help identify where these changes are possible and how to make them happen. For example, if your organization’s mission is to serve a rural population, you can’t just pick up and move to the city. However, you can adapt the insights gained in this webinar to become more successful in your grantseeking efforts. Join us for the free webinar, which is offered as a kick-off to the Fall 2014 State of Grantseeking Survey and Reports. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Visit the link to register.

Tuesday August 26, 2014, 2 PM Eastern Time (1 PM CST), 60 minutes
Cost: Free

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