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 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


October 25 – Fundraising 101 at the Library

The Waco-McLennan County Library will host a class on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10:05 am – 11:30 am in the upstairs meeting room. This class will be Fundraising 101- A basic introduction to fundraising and resources through the Foundation Center Collection and Grants Resource Center at the Library. This class is for those looking to start fundraising for their organization or for those new to the field of fundraising in the nonprofit field, especially 501c3′s.To register or for more information, go to or contact Kim at 750-5974.

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 10:05 am – 11:30 am
Location: Central Library Meeting Room, 1717 Austin Ave., Waco, TX 76701

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Other Regional Capacity Building Training Events

November 6 – Financial Management 101: Nonprofit Accounting, Budgeting and Reporting
Greenlights for Nonprofit Success

“Want to know the difference between cash and accrual accounting? Want to better understand your department or organizational budget? Need guidance with financial reporting? The Financial Management 101 course will guide you through accounting, budgeting, and reporting in the nonprofit world. The course teaches important internal controls, basic accounting, financial management concepts and strategy, budgeting, financial reports, audits and IRS guidelines. You’ll walk away knowing best practices to help your organization steward its financial resources and move forward in achieving its mission.” …read more here.

Date: November 6, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
8303 N. MoPac Expy, Suite A201
Austin, TX 78759
Cost: $65 Greenights Members
$105 Non-Members


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

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October 28 – Free Nonprofit 911 Webinar, Network for Good
3 Strategies for Using Stories in Year-End Campaigns

Storytelling is the best way to emotionally connect with donors to engage their heads, hearts, and wallets. Join Vanessa Chase, founder of The Storytelling Nonprofit, for our next webinar and learn the 3 best strategies for storytelling during the year-end season. Webinar starts at 1 pm EDT on Tuesday, October 28.

Register here!


October 29 – The Budget Primer: Building and Using Budgets Better

Paul Konigstein’s most popular 4Good webinar is back!

If your budget process is too ad hoc, rushed, last minute, or random, don’t miss AMS Senior Consultant Paul Konigstein introducing more rigorous budget creation and implementation in this webinar entitled:
The Budget Primer: Building and Using Budgets Better.

Key take-aways:

    • How to create a budget using an analysis of last year’s revenue and expenses…Read More

Click here to register


October 30, & November 6 & 13 – Webinar Series on Core Components for Driving Greater Impact, Stanford Social Innovation Review

In this unique and exciting webinar series, you’ll learn about three core components that are vital to creating greater impact—theories of change, performance metrics, and business models—as well as the leadership and cultural dispositions that bring them to life. All webinars will be moderated by Alexa Cortes Culwell, founder and managing director of Philanthropy Futures and visiting practitioner at Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Act now for big savings: Register for all three and save $27!

Session One: Theories of Change that Drive Learning and Improvement
October 30, 11 a.m. – 12 noon PDT / 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
A theory of change is an essential tool, but its use is widely misunderstood. In this session we’ll explore theories of change in detail, examining case studies from successful, high-impact nonprofits. Speakers include:

    • Lissette Rodriguez, director, Propel Next (a program of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation)
    • Gregg Croteau, executive director, United Teen Equality Center
    • Zenub Kakli, chief program officer, United Teen Equality Center

Session Two: Performance Metrics that Drive Organizational Outcomes
November 6, 11 a.m. – 12 noon PST / 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Successful leaders use performance metrics to drive impact, not impede it. A well-developed system of metrics aligns teams around performance review systems, financial and program reports, and even evaluation programs. Case studies will be shared. Speakers include:

    • Tiffany Cooper Gueye, president, BELL, Building Educated Leaders for Life
    • Melanie Moore, managing partner, Family Independence Initiative

Session Three: Business Models for Sustainability and Scale
November 13, 11 a.m. – 12 noon PST / 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Sometimes nonprofits develop strategic plans but leave the business model out. This session will demonstrate why a strong business model is vital to a higher impact, sustainable nonprofit. Participants will share examples, including some of the challenges they faced in building their business models. Speakers include:

    • Antony Bugg-Levine, chief executive officer, Nonprofit Finance Fund
    • Janet Gless, president, New Teacher Center

Register for one, two, or all three webinars. Save $27 when you register for all three! To view previous webinars in the SSIR Live! webinar series, go to

P.S. Away from your desk during the live events? That’s OK! Register and you can view a recording on-demand three hours after each webinar ends.

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