Waco Foundation is pleased to announce it has been chosen as one of six community foundations from across the country to participate in a 10-month learning opportunity focused exclusively on equity. The Foundation applied for this fellowship as part of our commitment to advancing race equity in the community.

The 2019 - 2020 Community Foundation Equity Network will equip teams to work together to advance equity across organizational functions and throughout their communities.

The Waco cohort, which attended the first peer group meeting in May, consists of the following representatives: Executive Director Ashley Allison, Senior Director of Community Investments & Operations Nicole Wynter, Board Chair Kris Kaiser Olson, Cooper Foundation Executive Director Felicia Goodman and local consultant Ashley Weaver. The team presented about Waco Foundation and its work, highlighting some of the reasons why the Foundation has prioritized addressing racial equity in our community.

The experience is offered by CF Leads, a nationally-recognized organization known as a thought leader and capacity builder in the community foundation world. The program will convene three meetings of the community foundation teams and will provide access to two nationally-recognized consulting firms - PolicyLink and the Public Equity Group.

In addition to Waco Foundation, the 2019-2020 Community Foundation Equity Network cohort is comprised of the following community foundation teams:

  • Community Foundation of Greater Flint
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Jackson Community Foundation
  • Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Seattle Foundation

The Community Foundation Equity Network was built on the knowledge that peers learn best from each other, and it launched in 2017 to help shape the practice and thinking of the broader community foundation field. CF Leads developed the program in response to community and national foundation interest in advancing equity and a desire among community foundations to better understand and make progress in this area.
Waco Foundation is pleased to introduce Kris Kaiser Olson, the newly-incumbent Chair of the Board of Trustees. 
Kris grew up in Waco, attended Waco public schools and earned a B.S. in Education from Baylor University. Her work as an advocate for children and families includes board service with organizations such as Texans Care for Children, the McLennan Community College Foundation, the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children and the Women United affinity group of United Way of Waco-McLennan County (to name just a few).

Kris joined the Board in 2011 and has previously served as Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer. She and her husband Charles, an attorney, own Bosque Falls Vineyards and have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
Meet Our Board
Carolina Huerta joined Waco Foundation in April 2019 as the Administrative Assistant. She helps support the Mission work of the Foundation, as well as the reception and executive office areas. She is a past recipient of Rapoport Foundation and MAC Scholarships and is a graduate of UT-Austin.
Favorite Quote: “Whatever we create with love, for those we love, siempre sale bonito.” Sandra Cisneros
Favorite Music Genre: Indie Pop
Favorite Hobby: Traveling
Something on Your Bucket List: Visiting Chefchaouen, the blue city in Morocco.
Why I Do What I Do: I want to see Waco continue to grow and flourish. I truly believe in the power of the community to make Waco a great place to live. My role at Waco Foundation gives me hope in the future of our city and also brings me joy and fulfillment through contributing to something greater than myself.
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Apply today to be considered for Round 9 of the LeadershipPlenty® Institute-Waco! The deadline for 2019-2020 applications is August 17, 2019.

Learn more about the LeadershipPlenty® Institute-Waco here, or keep up with the latest updates by liking the LeadershipPlenty® Institute-Waco Facebook page.
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Waco Foundation launched its new website earlier this year, which features a new online donor portal that fundholders can use to manage their funds! 

To opt-in to online or e-statements, to receive a new username/password or to learn more about the new donor portal, please contact Natalie Kelinske at 254.754.3404 or nkelinske@wacofoundation.org.
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Pie Society is a community-wide giving society made up of generous donors who have promised to leave a portion of their estate — or a piece of their pie — to charity. If you’ve made this commitment, you are already a part of the Pie Society, and we want to hear from you!
"I made the decision to join the Pie Society and include local charity in my estate plans because I want my legacy to provide for the future needs of the community that is so dear to my family and me. I hope to encourage others to do the same so that together we can ensure Waco’s brightest future."     - Cara Chase, Pie Society Member

To learn more about Pie Society, visit wacopiesociety.org.
Read Cara's Op-Ed
60th Anniversary Annual Report
Check out Waco Foundation's 60th Anniversary Annual Report to learn more about the Foundation's work in the community.
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Giving Connection
A monthly, 26-minute talk show hosted by Waco Foundation on Waco’s City Cable Channel (WCCC-TV).
Check out the latest episode of the Giving Connection, featuring the Youth Chorus of Central Texas and Waco Civic Theatre. Both of these organizations are working to enrich the cultural experience of local children through education and performance.
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Nonprofit Resources

This website is intended to be a resource for those who serve. Learn more about effective nonprofit management practices, identify local nonprofit management support services, learn about possible funding sources and keep track of area trainings and webinars.

This FREE monthly gathering of nonprofit professionals and volunteers provides an opportunity for networking, peer learning, and professional development. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of August-May at the Texas Life Annex. (1000 Washington Ave.)
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Support Waco Foundation with your purchases from Amazon!

You can support Waco Foundation while you shop on Amazon by linking to our special Amazon Smile code!

Complete your everyday purchases and 0.5% of the sales price will be donated to Waco Foundation for the benefit of the community. That should make us all smile!
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