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We welcome nonprofits to take advantage of our wide-range of capacity building services.

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Our grantmaking supports nonprofits’ efforts and community-wide projects that purposefully and intentionally benefit McLennan County.

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Grant Seeking Basics

Waco Foundation and the Waco-McLennan County Public Library are hosting a free, introductory workshop for 501(c)(3) designated nonprofits. “Grant Seeking Basics” will provide nonprofits with an overview of typical sources of support and the role grantmakers should play in a fund development strategy, clarify what needs to be in place before seeking a grant and provide tips on how to identify potential funding partners to support their efforts.

  • Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
  • Time: 10:05 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Waco Central Library Meeting Room, 1717 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
  • Cost: Free!

To register please email:

You may also visit the Library's Grant Resource Center website here

The Waco Foundation, in partnership with the Waco-McLennan County Library System is hosting a free workshop, Introduction to Finding Funders at the Central location of the Waco-McLennan County Library.  

This session provides an introduction to one of the key online tools for finding funders, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop lists of prospective foundation and corporate donors that will match your nonprofit organization's funding needs. With Foundation Directory Online Professional you can search for foundations that support programs and organizations like yours, fund in your geographic area, and many other criteria. We will also introduce two other Foundation Center resources, GrantsSpace.org and TRASI.

  • Date: February 15, 2014
  • Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: Waco Central Library Meeting Room, 1717 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
  • Cost: Free!

To register please email Kim Salome Klimt at KimberlyS@ci.waco.tx.us or Nicole Wynter at NWynter@wacofoundation.org. You may also visit the Library's Grant Resource Center website here.

Library Workshop: Introduction to Fundraising PlanningOctober 26, 2013

The Waco Foundation, in partnership with the McLennan County Public Library is hosting a free workshop, “Introduction to Fundraising Planning”.

This workshop provides the necessary steps for developing a successful fundraising plan. Some of these steps include developing a case statement, setting realistic goals, diversifying funding partners, and many others. All of these are important for providing the greatest potential for your fundseeking efforts.

  • Date: October 26th, 2013
  • Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: Waco Central Library Meeting Room, 1717 Austin Ave., Waco, TX
  • Cost: Free!

Partners in Performance w/Chuck Loring

Registration for this training is closed. We thank the community for your support of Partners in Performance.

Day 1: The Skinny on Boards (January 22nd)

Framed within the context of factors impacting the nonprofit sector today, Chuck provides an overview of nonprofit governance challenges, opportunities and best practices.

Day 2: The Next Step – The Board’s Role in Sustainability & Governance (January 23rd)

Building upon the information shared in The Skinny on Boards training, participants will delve deeper into the issues of strategic planning, fundraising and assessment/evaluation. 3 sessions of approximately 90 minutes each.

Note: Attendees for Day 2 should have attended Day 1 or a previous, similar training.

  • Date: January 22 & 23, 2014
  • Time: Day 1: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm • Day 2: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: MCC Conference Center (map linked here)

Click here to view the Partners in Performance Training Agenda

Click here to view a printable Partners in Performance flyer

LeadershipPlenty Application Deadline Extended to August 30th

The LeadershipPlenty Institute application deadline has been extended to Friday, August 30. Please visit the LeadershipPlenty page to find an application or for more information on the program. Contact Jana Bland at JBland@wacofoundation.org with any questions, comments or concerns.

2013 MAC Awards, July 23rd, 7:00 pm

Please join us on July 23rd to honor the 2013 recipients of the MAC Scholarship. We encourage parents and friends of the recipients, as well as friends of Waco Foundation, to attend. Past recipients of the award will also be in attendance to speak.

  • Date: Tuesday, July 23
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: MCC Conference Center

Upcoming Capacity Building Trainings & Events

Periodically, Waco Foundation offers inexpensive, subsidized training on topics that benefit the nonprofit sector as a whole. Topics covered in recent training opportunities include: board governance, recruitment and orientation, a board's role in fundraising and donor centered fundraising.

To view the upcoming trainings & events, click here.


Through the ‘The Giving Connection’ viewers will learn about the wide range of charitable services Waco Foundation offers to our community. To watch 'The Giving Connection' click here 

MAC Grant Applications - Due May 1st!

To be eligible for a MAC Grant a student must:

  • Be a senior at a high school in McLennan County.
  • Be a resident of McLennan County.
  • Have a gross family income of less than $50,000 (as reported on Free Application for Federal Student Aid — FAFSA.)
  • Complete the online application and submit all requried documents by May 1, 2013.

Things to note:

  • Students attending McLennan Community College or Texas State Technical College (Waco location only) may receive tuition assistance for all four years of college.
  • Individuals not attending McLennan Community College or Texas State Technical College (Waco location) are only eligible to receive scholarships for their final two years of college.
  • Students must apply to the MAC Scholarship program during their senior year to be eligible for scholarship funds in their 3rd and 4th years of college.

If you have questions regarding the MAC Scholarship Program or the MAC Grant application process, contact:

Robbie Stabeno, Director of Scholarship Program, at 254.752-9457.

To complete the online application, please click here.

MAC Scholarship Applications - Due December 1st!


To be eligible for a MAC Scholarship, a student must be in their sophomore year of college and have:

  • Been accepted into the MAC Program before beginning college; meaning you applied for and received a MAC Grant during your senior year of high school.
  • Completed 60 credit hours at an institution of higher learning.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

If you meet the criteria above, and would like to be considered for a MAC Scholarship, please complete and submit your renewal FASFA and complete the online application by December 1, 2012.

MAC Scholarships are awarded at a ceremony held each year in July. The funds will be sent directly to the student’s college each semester.

Click here to submit your online MAC Scholarship Application.

Waco Foundation now accepting applications for Capacity Building Mini-Grants!

The awards, of up to $2,500, may be used to promote organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

Capacity Building, a term used to describe activities that are designed to help strengthen a nonprofit’s ability to meet its mission effectively and efficiently, focuses on increasing the knowledge, skill levels and/or organizational efficiency of a nonprofit’s board and/or staff. Waco Foundation offers Mini-Grants to eligible nonprofits, to promote excellence in board governance, strategic collaborations, leadership development, strategic planning, fundraising training, the development use of best practices in management and operations and similar administrative efforts. 

To learn more about the Mini-Grant program of Waco Foundation, click here (http://wacofoundation.org/ForNonprofits/CapacityBuilding/tabid/200/Default.aspx) or contact Nicole Wynter, Director of Grants & Capacity Building at nwynter@wacofoundation.org.

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