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Local Training Events & Monthly Meetings
Regional Training Events

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 Trainings 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 here. For further information, contact Caryn at or 254.722.2991


Nonprofit Network

Nonprofit Network is scheduled on the 3rd Thursday of each month of January to May & September to November.

The Nonprofit Network is a monthly gathering of area nonprofit agencies. The FREE meetings are hosted by the Cooper Foundation and provide an opportunity for networking, peer learning and capacity building. RSVP’s are appreciated! To do so, please contact Karen Aho at the Cooper Foundation at

The meetings are as scheduled

8:00 am Refreshments & Networking
8:30 am Announcements and Program Begins
9:45 am Q&A Time
10:00 am Program Concludes

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

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

  • January 15 (passed)
  • February 19 (Passed: Be sure to check out the next one in April!)
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19


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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


March 18-19 — Building Exceptional Boards with Chuck Loring

National trainer/speaker and Senior BoardSource Governance Associate Chuck Loring is back with Building Exceptional Boards. Join us for a 1.5 day training on governance challenges, opportunities and best practices on Day 1 and some of the critical components to nonprofit and board success on Day 2.
Day 1 (March 18, full-day): The Skinny on Boards
• Purposeful Boards
• Power Fundraising
Day 2 (March 19, half-day): Critical Components
• Board Chair/ED & Board/Staff Relationship
• Assessment, Evaluation & Progress
Click the flyers below for detailed information:
Building Exceptional Boards Flyer MAR2015Building Exceptional Boards Narrative WEB VERSION_Page_1
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 & Thursday March 19, 2015
Time: Check-in begins at 8 am
Day 1 (March 18) Session runs from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Day 2 (March 19) Session runs from 8:30 am – 12 Noon
LocationMCC Conference Center, 4601 North 19th Street, Waco, TX 76708
Cost: Day 1 only $25│Day 2 only $10; both days $30*
Register here
Limited scholarships available. Contact for more information.
CPE credits are available for this course!
Registration closes March 10. Cancellations after March 13 will be refunded on a prorated basis.
*If you are planning to attend both days, use promo code 2DAYS5OFF to receive a $5 discount off your registration. 

Regional Training Events

April 16 & 30 – Greenlights’ “Outcomes Management Intensive” Two Part Series

The Outcomes Management Intensive is an interactive, two-part course designed to help nonprofits learn to collect and use data to improve their programs and demonstrate their value to the community. 
During the course, participants from each nonprofit team (up to 3 participants per organization) will work together to develop an evaluation plan for a specific program and service. You’ll receive real-time coaching, in-depth training, and guidance on some of the key points to be covered:
Performance management evaluation cycle; theory of change; data collection tools; communicating your results to internal and external stakeholders (including funders); and organizational culture building. See topic specifics here
Dates & Times:
April 16 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (with a break for lunch)
April 30 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 
Register: Space is limited to 6 organizations- so register early! CLICK HERE.
Price: $475 for up to 3 participants per member organization / $525 for up to 3 participants per non-member organization
For more information: contact Marisa Zappone at or 512-477-5955 ext.260


May 5 & 6 – Essential Grant Skills

Hosted by Dallas Public Library, Essential Grant Skills is a 2-day training for grantseekers.

Whether you approach this training as an “introduction to the field” or a “refresher,” in just two days you’ll learn the most critical skills for grantseeking success!

    • Learn where to focus your energy for the best results.
    • Create the core elements of a great funding request.
    • Get a head start on your next proposal – using work created in class!

This training benefits:

    • newcomers by introducing them to the entire grants process
    • experienced grant professionals who want a sharper competitive edge
    • program & grant development staff who want better results

Learn more about this training: click here.

Tuition for this training is $445.

The textbook, Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing, is highly recommended for this training and will be referenced during class. The standard cost for this textbook is $45, however, when purchased with your registration, the cost is only $35 (and you don’t pay shipping.) A limited number of copies will be available at the training site for purchase at the standard price of $45.

For location & parking information, click here.
To sign-up, click here or call The Grantsmanship Center’s Registrar at (800) 421-9512.


May 19-21 – Emerging Leaders in Public Service

The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University is hosting a 3-day workshop for those who are looking to improve their leadership skills: Tuesday, May 19 — Thursday, May 21, 2015.

This program will help you gain management and leadership skills, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and help to develop a plan to improve your leadership potential.

Enjoy nearly 20 hours of educational workshops with topics such as: Performance Management, Working with a Board, and Leadership Fundamentals. Emerging leaders from nonprofits, education, or state and local government who want to improve their leadership skills will benefit from this program.

Please visit the website for more informationApplications for admission are due by April 13, 2015. 

Date & Time: Begins at 1 pm on Tuesday, May 19 through Thursday evening on May 21, 2015
LocationBush School of Government and Public Service on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas│4220 TAMU College Station, TX 77843
Cost: $595 and will include assessments, materials, & most meals

For More Information, contact The Office of Extended Education at 1-866-988-BUSH(2874) or 979-862-7810│Email: bushschoolnonprofit@tamu.eduWebsite:

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In the early days of social media, most people jumped in and tried to figure it out for themselves, usually by posting anything and everything. Now many organizations dedicate massive budgets to sophisticated campaigns, an approach that’s beyond the reach of most small nonprofits. But just because you don’t have a big budget doesn’t mean you can’t be strategically savvy about how you use social media. Read more.
Join Idealware for a free, hour-long webinar as we review a few low-cost, low-stress tips and tools that can help you take your social media efforts to the next level: Click here. 
Date: March 12, 2015
Time: 1 – 2 pm EST (12 – 1 pm CST)
Register HERE for this free webinar.

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