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Madison Cooper, Jr. established the Cooper Foundation in 1943 as a tribute to his parents Madison A. Cooper and Martha Roane Cooper. His vision was to “make Waco a better or more desirable city in which to live.” Over the years, Cooper Foundation has contributed approximately $22 million to fulfill his wish, reminding us of the powerful impact just one person can have on a community.

Cooper Foundation has been making a difference in Waco since its first 
grant, a lifeboat for the Fire Department. Subsequently, grants, made exclusively to qualifying nonprofits in Waco, Texas, have paid for all manner of community improvements ~ everything from nurses and bloodmobiles to concerts, classrooms, counseling and consultants. The Foundation has an interest, as well, in research studies and experimental projects that suggest fresh hope.

Though the Cooper Foundation is best known for grantmaking, that is only 
one of the ways we serve. Cooper sponsors the Nonprofit Network, which provides professional development for and practical sharing among charities. Our staff is also available to share their knowledge of the philanthropic sector and to help groups link to services they may need. Additionally, the downstairs of the Cooper House is offered free of charge to nonprofits in need of meeting or reception space.

The trustees and staff of Cooper Foundation have the utmost respect for our nonprofit colleagues and hope to be as supportive as possible.

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The Foundation offices in and 
maintains the Cooper House,
built in 1907 and now on the 
National Register of Historic 
Places. The Foundation is pleased 
to give tours by appointment and 
offers the downstairs area of the 
House for use by local nonprofits
at no charge. Learn more and
inquire here.


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