Capacity Building 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! 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

8:00 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

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

  • Nonprofit Network’s summer break is June to August! Meetings will start back in September.
  • 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


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


June 19 – The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) Connect’s Free Workshop│Speaking for Results 

Public speaking continues to rank second to death as one of the greatest fears most American’s have. And even though this fear is real to some, public speaking is still one of the most powerful ways to convey a message to others. This workshop is designed to provide practical skills on how to improve your public speaking skills, such as:
    • How to develop your 30 second elevator speech
    • The parts of a speech
    • How to handle questions
    • What to do with your hands
    • How to make to make a call to action
    • And every attendee will get a chance to get up and speak for results!
Read more about CNM Connect’s FREE Speaking for Results workshop, click here. This workshop will be held at their Dallas Campus from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 


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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May 27, June 3 & June 10 – CharityHowTo Offers a Free 3-Part Webinar Series

May 27: How to Get & Use $10,000 per Month of Free Google Advertising

June 3: Top 10 Tips on Using Google Ad Grants Free Advertising

June 10: Measuring & Improving Google Ad Grant’s Success Using Google Analytics

Each series will discuss how you can use Google Ad Campaign to get free advertising for your nonprofit, and the way it will benefit your organization.  Click here to read an in depth description for all 3 webinars. You won’t want to miss this one!

Time: All 3 webinars are available at 2 pm, Central Time.


June 4 – Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation’s Moving Hearts and Minds – The Power of Storytelling within Nonprofits

Stories provide a vital connection between people. They have the power to inspire and transform thoughts, emotions and behaviors. For nonprofits, stories help bring their missions to life; they are a fundamental method through which these organizations inspire their supporters and donors. However, few nonprofits have a good grasp of how to use the power of storytelling internally to inspire their own workforce, and sustain continued passion and commitment to the vision and mission of the organization.This webinar will provide a guide for non-profit leaders to develop a storytelling culture within their organizations. 

You will learn: 
• Why we need to tell stories
• How to find stories with impact
• How to align stories to purpose
• A leader’s role in storytelling
• How to tell more powerful stories

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Time: 12 pm, GMT

Registeration Linked Here


June 10 —’s FREE Webinar│Six Tips to Master Your Online Communications

Keeping up with your online communications is challenging. Your website needs updating, there’s a newsletter to write, and don’t forget about your daily Tweets and Facebook posts. Just when you start to feel confident that you’re doing everything right, you stumble across an article about the five trendy new technologies you should be using… How do you keep track of your supporters and keep them engaged? More importantly, how do you use all these outreach channels to get them to donate time or money to your organization?

In’s free webinar, Six Tips to Master Your Online Communications, you will learn how to master your online communications through topics such as websites, social media, peer-to-peer fundraising, constituent databases, broadcast emails, and then look at how to put it all together for a more integrated communications plan.

Register here for the June 10 webinar.

Time: 12 pm – 1 pm, Central Time (1 – 2 pm, EST)


September 22 – October 27 – Register for NFF’s Fall Webinar SeriesThe Spectrum of Nonprofit Financing Options

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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