Resources for nonprofits

The Cooper Foundation believes that strong nonprofits help to build a strong community. To help build the capacity of nonprofits in the Waco area, the foundation hosts monthly Nonprofit Network meetings, as well as Board Governance trainings.

Nonprofit Network

This FREE monthly gathering of Waco area nonprofit professionals and volunteers provides an opportunity for networking, peer learning, and professional development.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along promotional materials for upcoming events and projects.

The meetings are held on the third Thursday of August-May at the Texas Life Annex (1000 Washington Avenue, Waco).

There is no Nonprofit Network in December. Check back soon for the January 16th registration link!

Meeting Agenda

8:00am Doors open for Refreshments & Networking
8:30am Welcome, Announcements & Program Begins
9:45am Q&A Time
10:00am Program Concludes

To receive meeting notifications, please sign up by following this link.

Board Governance Training

Because we believe that strong nonprofits are governed by strong boards, the Cooper Foundation is pleased to offer free board governance training several times a year to current nonprofit board members, potential board members, and nonprofit staff. Our goal is to ensure that all board members in Waco are trained in board governance.

We recently concluded all of the 2019 Board Governance Trainings. Please see below for future 2020 trainings and check back soon for registration links for these dates.

You may find a presentation from our September 2019 training at this link: September 2019: Laying the Foundation Presentation.

If you would like to request a copy of our Building High Performing Boards: Laying the Foundation workbook, please email

2020 Board Governance Trainings: (registration links coming soon)

  • February 13, 2020; 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • June 5, 2020; 8:30 – 10:30 am
  • September 18, 2020; 8:30 – 10:30 am


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Past Meeting Handouts

Shifting from Intentions to Lasting Impact: Understanding the Organizational Journey of Addressing Racial Inequities – August 2019

Nonprofit Data: Making the Connection Between Numbers and Narratives – May 2019

You Belong Here: Laying the Foundation for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – March 2019

Management & Coaching: Completing Tasks, Inspiring Vision, and Developing Your Team – February 2019

Financial Health: The Importance of Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements – January 2019

Donor Demographics & Tax Law Changes in McLennan County – September 2018

Lobbying & Advocacy 101: Legal Tips for Nonprofit Advocates – May 2018

The Talk: The Importance of Addressing Inequities in the Workplace – April 2018

Must Be Able to Drive a Zoo Vehicle: The Big Picture of Inclusive Hires – March 2018

Are You Sure That’s Where You Are Going? Theory of Change and Your Organization’s Role in the Nonprofit Ecosystem – February 2018

Collaborating for Success: Transforming WISD Schools – January 2018

Designing Programs for Impact: How RBA Can Ease the Pain – November 2017

Creating a Culture of Learning – October 2017

  • No presentation, this meeting was a panel discussion

Making Your Organization’s Financial Picture Stand Out From the Crowd – September 2017

Laying the Foundation for Board Governance Training – April 2017

Engaging Young Professionals – February 2017

Laying the Foundation for Board Governance Training – January 2017

Telling Your Story – January 2017

Messaging Slides  (February 2015- Susan Cowley)

Prosper Waco Presentation  (January 2015)

Anatomy of a Fraud (October 2014)

Marketing (February 2014)

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Applications are due on the first Friday of every month and will be reviewed approximately three months later (e.g. if you submit your application in October, it will be considered at the January board meeting). Visit our grants page to learn more about the process of applying.


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