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.

Save the date for the upcoming Nonprofit Network sessions! 

  • March 16, 2023: Marketing & PR – registration information coming soon!
  • May 18, 2023: Human Resources


Nonprofit Network Meeting Schedule

  • 9:00-9:30 am – Doors open for a light breakfast & networking
  • 9:30 am – Welcome, program begins
  • 11:00 am – 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, Cooper Foundation, in partnership with Waco Foundation, is pleased to offer a free, nonprofit board governance training twice 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. 

2023 Training Dates:

  • May 22nd, 5:30-7:30 pm, Virtual Training – click here to register
  • October 30th, 5:30-7:30 pm, format TBD – registration coming soon

You may find the presentation slides at this link: 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 specific resources in the Waco area, click here for a list of local nonprofit resources and opportunities.

Past Nonprofit Network Meeting Materials

Ask for a Piece of Their Pie: How Legacy Gifts Create a Sustainable Future for Your Nonprofit

Storytelling for Change: Advancing Equity Through the Stories We Tell  – March 2022

Implementing DEI in Hiring, Promotion, & Every Day Practices –  September 2021

Nonprofit Financial Statements and Financial Reporting – May 2021

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)
Contact  if the handout you are looking for is not shown here.

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Upcoming Nonprofit Network Sessions:
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March 16, 2023: Marketing & PR
May 18, 2023: Human Resource

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Applications are due on the third Thursday 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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