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.
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).
Due to the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to cancel the March 19th Nonprofit Network. Stay tuned for updates about future sessions.
8:00 – 8:15am Doors open for refreshments & unstructured networking
8:15 – 8:30am Structured networking with discussion questions at tables
8:30am Welcome, brief announcements, and program begins
10:00am Program concludes
10:00 – 10:30am Optional unstructured networking
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.
Please see below for future 2020 trainings and check back soon for registration links for these dates.
You may find a presentation from our February 2020 training at this link: February 2020: Laying the Foundation Presentation.
If you would like to request a copy of our Building High Performing Boards: Laying the Foundation workbook, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Board Governance Trainings: (registration links coming soon)
- May 29, 2020; 8:30 – 10:30 am – registration link coming soon!
- September 18, 2020; 8:30 – 10:30 am – registration link coming soon!
For more nonprofit management resources in the Waco area, please visit www.mclennannonprofits.org.
Past Meeting Handouts
Panelists’ Perspectives: A Variety of Volunteer Management Approaches – February 2020
The Performance Imperative Review: A Framework for Social-Sector Excellence – January 2020
We encourage organizations to use the Performance Imperative’s Performance Practice Workbook as a tool to assess areas where their organization may have opportunities to reach higher performance.
Panelists’ Perspectives: The Process of Donor Cultivation & Making the Ask – November 2019
Why I Count, Waco: The Importance of the 2020 Census to Waco Nonprofits – September 2019
Nonprofit Data: Making the Connection Between Numbers and Narratives – May 2019
- May 2019 Presentation
- Stay tuned for additional resources
Management & Coaching: Completing Tasks, Inspiring Vision, and Developing Your Team – February 2019
Financial Health: The Importance of Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements – January 2019
The Nonprofit Ecosystem: Systems-Level Approaches for Sustainable Change – November 2018
Donor Demographics & Tax Law Changes in McLennan County – September 2018
Are You Sure That’s Where You Are Going? Theory of Change and Your Organization’s Role in the Nonprofit Ecosystem – February 2018
Creating a Culture of Learning – October 2017
- No presentation, this meeting was a panel discussion
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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.read more
2020 Training Dates
September 18, 2020; 8:30 – 10:30 amread more
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.