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

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


 October 9 — Smart Succession Planning, Successful Transitions

Waco needs its nonprofits to remain strong and vibrant long into the future. The next leader of your organization is a critical part of that puzzle. Our facilitator Lisa Burford will present on how smart succession planning ensures organizational sustainability as it takes you beyond simple replacement of staff to grooming individuals who are qualified and ready to lead the organization into the future.

CPE credits are available for this course!
Registration closes September 29. Cancellations after 9/29 will be refunded on a prorated basis.
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2015
Time: 9 am – 4 pm. Check-in begins at 8:30 am.
Location: Waco Convention Center, Texas Room 118, 100 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701
Cost: $20 Regular Rate. Use code EARLYBIRD10 thru 9/22 for $10 off!


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.


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

Click here for more information, and 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


September 10 & 11 — Greenlights & OneStar Conference│Mission Driven: A Summit for Social Innovation

Our social sector is at a critical juncture. New ideas for how we address social challenges seem to emerge daily. New business models, investment strategies and forms of collaboration show great promise for improving peoples’ lives. But what is really working? Mission Driven is a new conference designed for social innovators, mission-focused investors and other community leaders to connect and explore bold, new strategies and partnerships that have the power to solve complex social challenges. Click here for more information.

Date: Thursday & Friday, September 10 & 11, 2015
Location: The Westin at the Domain in Austin, TX
Registration: Nonprofit and social enterprise leaders: $495 ($445 for Greenlights’ members) — Scholarships are available for this section, click here and look for the “apply now” on  Funders and individual investors: $645 ($595 for Greenlights’ Social Venture Partners).

Use the “Mission Driven-NMAT” code to get $50 off when prompted during registration.


September 18 — Greenlights│ Financial Management 101: Nonprofit Accounting, Budgeting and Reporting

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).

Date: September 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM -12:00 PM
Location: Greenlights Offices, 8303 N. MoPac Expwy, Suite A201, Austin, TX 78759
Event Fees: $75.00 Greenlights Members ($115.00 Non-members)
Registration: Click here.


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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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