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Local Training Events & Monthly Meetings
Regional & National 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

8:15 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


Many people consider private foundations to be a simple & easy way to advance their individual or family philanthropic interest. The rules and regulations involved with their management however, are not that simple.
If you have established a private foundation or if you are involved with the management and operation of a private foundation, you should consider attending this workshop which will provide an overview of some important management and reporting rules that can, and often do, create difficulties  (and penalties) if overlooked. This brief workshop will also be helpful to advisors who work with private foundations or people interested in private foundations. 
Led by Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell (JRBT), this half day workshop will review the ins and outs of the private foundation world. Topics to be covered in the session include:
  • Tax treatment by donors,
  • Expenditure responsibility,
  • Self-dealing & disqualified persons,
  • Qualifying distributions,
  • Excess business holdings,
  • Jeopardizing investments, and
  • Investment Excise Tax
CPE and other continuing education credits may be available for this course! Registration closes April 17, 2015.
This workshop is designed for those who are considering establishing a private foundation and those who are involved in the management and operation of private foundations (attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, executive directors, board members, trustees, etc.)  
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: Registration beings at 8:30 am│Session runs from 9 am – 11:30 am.
Location: Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, 101 S. Third Street


October 13 – MCC hosts John Maxwell & “Developing the Leader Within You” 

John Maxwell — the best-selling author and expert on leadership — will speak at McLennan Community College as part of the McLennan Distinguished Lecture Series. The event will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 13, 2015 at McLennan’s Conference Center. Admission is free, but tickets will be required and will be available at a later date through the McLennan Box Office.

John Maxwell is synonymous with leadership.
He is a best-selling author and expert on developing leaders.

John C. Maxwell is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in 50 languages. Often called the country’s No. 1 leadership authority, Maxwell was identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. And he has been voted the top leadership professional six years in a row on Read more here.

Date: October 13, 2015
Time: 7 pm
Location: McLennan Community College Conference Center, 4601 North 19th Street, Waco, TX 76708
Cost: FREE! Tickets will be available through the McLennan Box Office at a later date.

Regional & National 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


April 30 — Crucial Conversations: Tools for the Talking When Stakes are High│ACC

Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. Whether it’s a problem with poor quality, declining organizational support, or a strained relationship—whatever the issue—if you can’t talk honestly with nearly anybody about almost anything, you can expect poor results.

Crucial Conversations is a two-day course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll begin to surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. Read more here.

Date: April 30, 2015
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Location: ACC Highland Business Center, Highland Mall
5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752
Cost: $245
Contact: Keisha Gray, 215.223.7111,
Register here.


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 12-13 — Social Enterprise for Nonprofits

Hosted by Pikes Peak Workforce Center and Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, this 2-day training with Rolfe Larson, MBA, helps participants establish a plan for building a steady, reliable earned income stream for their nonprofit organizations in a way that is compatible with their organization’s mission.

During this training, you identify and assess an earned income opportunity; practice market research, pricing strategies, operational plans, and financial analysis; and work with a small team to develop a mini-business plan. Read more here.

Date: May 12 & 13
Location:Pikes Peak Workforce Center / Citizens Service Center
Special Event Room – 1019
1675 Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Tuition: $495

Registration details located here.


May 19-20 – IRS Exempt Organizations Workshop

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.

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

Date: May 19 & 20

Location: Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd., Dallas, TX 75243

Register here.


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:


August 19 – 21 – University of Texas at Austin Hosts: The Annette Strauss Institute’s 2015 Executive Communication Training 

The Annette Strauss Institute’s Executive Communication Training empowers individuals from the nonprofits, political organizations, and civic associations to use strategic communication on behalf of the interests of their clients and communities. No matter your communications objective, this training will help you to effectively articulate your message, rise above the noise, and achieve your organization’s goals.

Our training will help you:
Create more engaging and effective presentations
Gain confidence in speaking in public and on camera
Develop clear messages that resonate with the audiences you need most.

Our workshops are designed to support professionals already working in advocacy-related jobs, as well as those interested in pursuing a career in public leadership, by showing them how to cut through the noise of the 24-hour news cycle, online blogosphere, and crowded issue field, by crafting a message that is sharpdisciplined, and resonates with the audience you need most. 

Seats are limited to no more than 30 participants. 

Register here

Dates & Times:

Wednesday, August 19    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm│Thursday, August 20    8:30 am – 5:00 pm│Friday, August 21    8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Location: The University of Texas at Austin, Moody College of Communication

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April 14 – May 19 — Register for NFF’s Spring Webinar Series: Unpacking the Nonprofit Manager’s Toolbox

6 sessions, from April 14 to May 19

This sequence demonstrates an array of tools and strategies to help inform data-driven decision making for nonprofit professionals. Sessions include information about budgeting, monitoring cash flow, assessing program profitability, scenario planning, managing to a dashboard, and strategic alliances.

Click here to register


Nonprofits need a solid strategy for data collection and analysis to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their programs. Funders often request this data to determine program effectiveness, and measuring programs is clearly an essential element of taking your mission further. However, with all the confusing terminology, varying approaches to collection, and difficulty of clear presentation, many nonprofits are without a foundation to start from. Read more or register.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 12 – 1 pm CST


6 sessions, from September 22 to October 27

From traditional lending to Program Related Investments, Pay for Success and Impact Investing, you’ll come away from this series with an intimate understanding of what kinds of resources are available to nonprofits now and how organizations should prepare to access the next wave of resources coming soon.

Click here to register

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