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? The Skinny on Boards will cover the range of best practices as it relates to good governance, capitalizing on board member skills, talents and resources, the most effective meeting methods, the board orientation and recruitment process as well as the board’s role on 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.

Have your board mark their calendars because registration opens soon! 

Regional & National Training Events

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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November 19 — Free Webinar│Digital Fundraising Trends: What Can the Past Teach Us About the Future?

How do you get noticed and court donors in a country with 1.5 million nonprofit organizations? How do you effectively prioritize new opportunities when timelines and budgets are tight? Are there lessons from the past that you can build on? The goal of this webinar is to provide clear guidance based on proven strategies that can adapt with your organization as platforms and technologies change.

Join Madeline Stanionis, Principal and Creative Director at M+R;
Emily Yu, Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships at the Case Foundation; and Erin Hill, Executive Director of ActBlue as they look at the current state of fundraising, what’s changed over the last 10 years, and what actionable lessons can be applied to the future. Click here to join.

Date: November 19, 2015
Time: 11 am – 12 pm CT


December 3 — Free Webinar│Understanding Program Data and Results: What Can the Past Teach Us About the Future?

Gathering, managing, and applying program data to make decisions is becoming increasingly important for every nonprofit. Join Idealware’s expert community for a panel discussion that looks at how the data landscape has changed over the past 10 years and what we can expect in the future. Are the public and funders likely to expect more from you? Will they support an increase in program data collection and analysis? Or are they likely to lower their expectations due to the cost and difficulty of developing a thorough and meaningful outcomes measurement program? What does any of this mean for what you should do as a nonprofit with limited resources? Click here to join.

Date: December 3, 2015
Time: 11 am – 12 pm CT