Special Note: Managing the Capital Campaign in DFW – The Fundraising School ONLY 4 SEATS REMAIN! October 6-8. Read more below or go directly to their page.

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, 2014

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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. Le
arn 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!
TO REGISTER, VISIT: Keeping it Legal



The Central Texas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) invites you to attend dinner at the new McLane Stadium.

Special guest speaker, Andrew Watt, FInstF, President & CEO of AFP will be presenting The Changing Terrain of Volunteerism.

AFP09-25-14 Final - 08-01Volunteers are the lifeblood of any nonprofit corporation. But how do we find all of the volunteers we need? How do we retain those treasured individuals? Come hear a global perspective on the best ways to empower, encourage and keep your best volunteers!

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Baylor Club at McLane Stadium: 1001 S. Martin Luther Kind Blvd., Waco, TX 76704.
All guests will use the Baylor Club main entrance on the West side of the stadium. Level 400, North Lounge.

Cost: AFP Members: $35/person
Non-members: $40/person

Register now as seating is limited! 



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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.
TO REGISTER, VISIT: Fundraising Fundamentals

Other Regional Capacity Building Training Events

Managing the Capital Campaign in DFW, The Fundraising School ONLY 4 SEATS REMAIN!

Dates: October 6-8
Times: 8:30 am – 5 pm
LocationAmerican Airlines Training & Conference Center

Few development initiatives are as visible as a capital campaign. This course offers real-world conditions to test your readiness for a capital campaign. You’ll learn key skills for planning and execution, including involving volunteers and enlisting a consultant for guidance.

You’ll Learn How To

  • Determine your organization’s readiness for capital fundraising
  • Plan a capital campaign from preparation to celebration
  • Develop and use gift range charts as planning, involvement, and evaluation tools
  • Enlist and motivate the right volunteer leadership for your capital campaign
  • Conduct prospect research that helps to determine gift capacity
  • Integrate capital fundraising in your development program.

read more & register here!


12th Annual Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Course

VIDEO in Dallas September 18-19, 2014 Cityplace Events Hot TopicsBrochure_Page_1

    • Preparing a Policies, Practices, & Procedures Manual for You Organization
    • Lobbying, Political Campaigns, and Candidate Related Campaign Activity
    • TABC Issues
    • Gift Acceptance 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

MCLE Credits are available.

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



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


The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox: Program Effectiveness, Performance Measurement & Results, ACC Center for Community Based & Nonprofit OrganizationsNP Outcomes Toolbox Book

One of the most talked about subjects in the nonprofit sector is the question of effectiveness, performance measurement, and results — collectively referred to as “outcomes.” Nonprofit organizations are increasingly being pressed to measure and report their outcomes regularly to funders and other constituents…read more.
Date: August 28, 2014
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Location: ACC Eastview Campus Room 8500
3401 Webberville Road, Austin, TX 78702
Cost: $125, register here


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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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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