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.


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 2016 Nonprofit Network

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


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

Get Your Board on Board! 

Have a new board member? Appointing a new chair next year? Want to take your nonprofit’s work to the next level? Skinny on Boards Flyer - 4 (2)The Skinny on Boards will cover a range of best practices as it relates to good governance — including how to capitalize on board member skills, talents and resources. The session will also provide tips for ensuring effective meetings, quality board orientation and recruitment processes & engaging the board in fundraising.

This workshop is a repeat of a previous Skinny on Boards training and is the equivalent of day 1 of the previous 2-day trainings. It is appropriate for board members who have not received board training in the past or for those in need of a refresher, as well as newly elected officers and CEOs.

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm; check-in 8 am
Location: MCC Conference Center, 4601 North 19th St.
Cost: Special rate of $10! Price will go up to $15 on March 1, 2016 — sign up now for this lower rate. Registration ends March 8 — late fees will be $25.

Registration now open!

Regional & National Training Events

March 14-15 — The Grantsmanship Center│Essential Grant Skills in Houston, hosted by United Way of Greater Houston Nonprofit Connection

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 hereTuition for this training is $545. But register & pay by February 1, 2016 and you’ll receive a $100 discount and pay only $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, but if you buy it with the registration, you pay only $40 and the shipping is free.

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

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