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.
Save the date on your calendar for the upcoming Nonprofit Network sessions! Sessions are held from 8:30 – 10:00 am and are virtual for the foreseeable future.
- November 18th: Nonprofit Financial Management – A Case Study in Fraud: Protecting Your Nonprofit’s Resources
- January 20th: Program Design
- March 17th: Marketing & Communications
- May 19: Fundraising & Development
Virtual Nonprofit Network sessions are held via Zoom from 8:30 – 10:00 am. Please try to arrive a couple of minutes early; we will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to the day we can gather in person again!
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.
Check back soon for the 2022 training dates!
You may find a presentation from our April 2021 training at this link: April 2021: 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.
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
Nonprofit Financial Statements and Financial Reporting – May 2021
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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Upcoming Virtual Nonprofit Network Sessions:
November 18: Nonprofit Financial Management – A Case Study in Fraud: Protecting Your Nonprofit’s Resources (click ‘read more’ to access the registration link)
January 20: Program Design
March 17: Marketing & Communications
May 19: Fundraising & Development
Check back soon for the 2022 training dates!read more
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.