Our Story

Madison Cooper, Jr. established the Cooper Foundation in 1943 as a tribute to his parents Madison A. Cooper and Martha Roane Cooper. His vision was to “make Waco a better or more desirable city in which to live.” Over the years, Cooper Foundation has contributed over $28 million to fulfill his wish, reminding us of the powerful impact just one person can have on a community.

Trustees and Staff

The Cooper Foundation has a small, dedicated staff that is here to serve the community. We encourage our nonprofit colleagues to become engaged with our staff to discuss emergent concerns and opportunities. Take a moment to learn more about us.

As I think I have made plain frequently, I want Cooper Foundation to be an active living part of the City of Waco in its development along all beneficial lines, functional as well as cultural.

Madison Cooper

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Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we cancelled the May Nonprofit Network session. As a reminder, there are no sessions in June or July, and the next scheduled session is in August. Please stay tuned for updates about future sessions.

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