The goal of the Cooper Foundation is to make Waco a better or more desirable community in which to live. We value the work of local nonprofits toward that goal and carefully consider their grant requests for financial assistance.
Yet grantmaking is just one of many ways the Cooper Foundation serves the community.
• Often not-for-profit organizations turn to the Foundation for
guidance, whether in seeking funding elsewhere or for nonprofit
• The Cooper Foundation has a reputation for courage as well as
compassion. The Foundation may be approached when a nonprofit
needs a public vote
of confidence before taking on a new venture or
for early support before other funding can be arranged.
• Cooper also sponsors the monthly Nonprofit Network, providing
professional development and information exchange for local charities.
• The Foundation serves as a convener, bringing together community
leaders to learn from experts on issues impacting the area.
Cooper plays an important role helping to sponsor special community
efforts that have no other paid support, such as providing staff for the
Community Visioning Project.
You’ll also find the Cooper Foundation championing the field of philanthropy, spreading the word about the role and importance of foundations.
In addition, persons contemplating the establishment of a foundation may seek resources at the Cooper House. The Trustees and staff of the Foundation believe Madison Cooper's legacy has had a profound and lasting impact on Waco, and they enjoy encouraging others to share their good fortune for the benefit of the community.