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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 (click image for linked flyer): 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
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • 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


November 25 Planned Giving Toolkit Demo
with Rachel Hobbs & Ashley Allison of Waco Foundation

Given today’s demands to do more with less, do you find
yourself wondering or worrying about its long-term effects and
what you might focus on today to secure your organization’s
legacy into the future? Let us help you leverage the single most
overlooked opportunity: planned giving.
On November 25, join Rachel Hobbs & Ashley Allison of Waco
Foundation as they share the pieces you need to start your own
planned giving initiative. They will provide valuable steps,
turn-key templates and a partnership plan to help you
effectively, efficiently and confidently secure those planned
gifts that become game changers for your organization.
Time: 8 am – 10:30 am
Location: Waco Convention Center
100 Washington Ave., Waco, TX 76701
Cost: FREE!

Regional 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


January 28 – Starting A Nonprofit in Texas, ACC Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations

Starting a NP in Texas

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to fulfill their passion and express themselves personally, professionally and organizationally. Our focus is on helping you to think through and then create an EFFECTIVE nonprofit. Simply put, that is an organization that has a clear sense of what it seeks to achieve, develops and implements plans to achieve that mission, and then strives for continuous improvement.

This is a two hour live overview of the issues that ought to be addressed and the processes that are required to establish a Texas Nonprofit Corporation and then to obtain 501(c)(3) charitable designation from the Internal Revenue Service.

Topics will include, but not be limited to:

  • Advantages & Disadvantages of Nonprofit Incorporation
  • Key questions/ issues requiring attention before starting legal process
  • Incorporating as a Texas nonprofit
  • Other Texas related issues and processes
  • Obtaining your 501 (c) 3 status (i.e., charitable tax exemption status from IRS)
  • Key questions/ issues requiring attention within the IRS 1023 Application Form
  • Required Bylaws and policies
  • First organizational meeting(s)
  • Advantages & Disadvantages of a fiscal agent – how to find and what does it cost
  • Using consulting services to help you through this process
  • Answers to your questions.
Date: January 28, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Austin Community College: Highland Business Center5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Cost: $10.00
Contact: Lisa Bussett,  512-223-7051,

Facilitated by CCBNO Director, Barry Silverberg

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One more to go! November 7, 19 & December 5 Donor-Centered Fundraising: 3 Session Webinar Series with Penelope Burk

Join Penelope Burk in 3 convenient and insightful webinars as she presents new research from over 20,000 donors who say that Donor-Centered Fundraising will inspire them to stay loyal and give more generously. In this highly practical series, Penelope will present real-life examples of how not-for-profits can raise more money by transforming how they thank donors for gifts, by crafting communications that stand out in a world of information overload, and by offering the kinds of recognition that donors really want.

Register for all 3 for only $275.



REGISTER HERE  and click on webinars in the shop page.

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