Trainings, Events & Monthly Meetings

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! For further information, contact Caryn at or 254.722.2991.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 7:30 am – 9 amThis month we will have a roundtable discussion on Google My Business. 7:30 to 8 am — Get Breakfast and Network 8 to 8:30 am — Rountable Discussion on Google My Business 8:30 to 9 am — Network For more information about this group, please visit our website:

Located at The Egg and I on 4600 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76710.


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

To see more information regarding this month’s presentation, visit Nonprofit Network’s information page.

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

  • October 15
  • November 19

2016 Meeting Dates

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March- NONE (Nonprofit Network is encouraging nonprofits to go to Skinny on Boards)
  • April 21
  • May 19
  • September 15
  • October 20
  • November 17

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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 a designated location. To learn more about the meeting time and dates, visit


November 5 & 6 — The Grantsmanship Center’s Essential Grantskills

Proposal writing skills are a must have for nonprofits operating in today’s economic climate. Using The Grantsmanship Center’s Listen & Discuss, Do & Review® curriculum, this two day training, led by one of the country’s leading providers of proposal writing training, will help participants put theory into practice. Click here for more information.

Dates: November 5 & 6

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; check-in at 8 am.

Location: Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave., Texas South Room 118, Waco, TX 76701

Register Here

Full and partial scholarships are available to McLennan County nonprofits. To learn about scholarship assistance, contact


March 17, 2016 — The Skinny on Boards with Chuck Loring

Save-the-date! Registration information coming soon.

Regional & National Training Events

October 29-30 & Nov.5-6, 2015 — Mission Capital’s (previously known as Greenlights) ED Essentials:Executive Leadership in the Social Sector

Mission Capital’s (previously Greenlights) ED Essentials:Executive Leadership in the Social Sector is the ideal course for nonprofit executive leaders who are new to the role or who want to be sure they have a solid understanding of all major aspects of nonprofit management. This popular, intensive learning and leadership development program delivers 24 hours of cutting edge content over 4 full days (9am to 4pm on Thursday, October 29, Friday, October 30, Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6).
The ED Essentials’ executive level curriculum draws upon Mission Capital’s extensive expertise, research, and knowledge of nonprofit leadership in Central Texas and our rapidly evolving sector. Your experience in this program will be enriched by the collective wisdom of your fellow participants, which will create a powerful space for you to learn and grow as a leader.

Dates: October 29-30 & Nov.5-6, 2015
Time: 9 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Mission Capital Offices (Greenlights Offices), 8303 N MoPac Expwy, Suite A201, Austin, TX 78759
Cost: Members: $750│Non-Member: $900
Click here for more information and for registration.


January 13 & 14-15 — UT Law and Philanthropy Southwest│ Nonprofit Organizations Workshop Institute

Nonprofit Organizations Workshop

The Nonprofit Organizations Compliance and Internal Review Workshop is the perfect overview for new entrants and seasoned practitioners in the field. The program provides focused attention on key issues for both private foundations and charitable organizations—grant-making issues and strategies, operational compliance and UBIT, common red flags and pitfalls for the Form 990 and 990-PF, as well as advice on developing internal controls good board governance practices for nonprofit organizations.

Individual Registration: $100 | $130 after January 6

Date: January 13, 2016
Location: Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, 98 San Jacinto
Austin, TX
Registration: Click here.

Nonprofit Organizations Institute

The Nonprofit Organizations Institute features leading nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance and government to discuss the latest tax, legislative and governance issues affecting nonprofit organizations.

Individual Registration: $575 | $625 after January 6

Date: January 14-15, 2016
Location: Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, 98 San Jacinto
Austin, TX
Registration: Click here.


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