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.

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, Nonprofit Network will be offered virtually from 8:30 – 10:00 am on the following dates:

  • October 15th
  • December 17th
  • February 18th
  • April 15th

Please join us on October 15th from 8:30 – 10:00 am for the first virtual Nonprofit Network! We will take this time to virtually gather and reconnect with the Waco nonprofit community.



Meeting Agenda

(Please note, this is the agenda for in-person meetings. Virtual meeting agendas will look slightly different. We look forward to the day we gather in person again!)

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.

2020 Board Governance Virtual Training Dates: (Click on the dates below to register for a virtual training.)

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


For more nonprofit management resources in the Waco area, please visit

Past Meeting Handouts

Remote Learning & Virtual Meeting Facilitation Resources

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.

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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Nonprofit Network



Please join us on October 15th from 8:30 – 10:00 am for the first virtual Nonprofit Network! We will take this time to virtually gather and reconnect with the Waco nonprofit community. (Click Read More to access the registration link!)

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Upcoming Virtual Training Dates:

October 23rd 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
December 18th 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

(Click read more to access the registration links!)

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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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