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So many in the nonprofit sector experience the transition of power on an annual basis with the onboarding of new board members and even more evident in the transition to a new board chair or board president. The governing body dynamic changes, an influx of new agendas surface and the history of the work accomplished up to that very moment quickly fades. This inaugural day we experience the transition in power that changes our country’s dynamic, infuses a new agenda and charges past the efforts that have led

At the beginning of a new year, we typically make personal resolutions. But our organizations are often ripe for change and improvement as well. On that note, I’ve put together five suggested resolutions for the nonprofit sector in 2017. And as a bonus, I’ve included how Nonprofit Connect can help you keep them!

Jeffrey Byrne, president and CEO of Jeffrey Byrne + Associates, and a Board Member for Nonprofit Connect, wrote this article on using political giving to predict philanthropic behavior. This was originally published in the "As I See It" column in the Kansas City Star on December 4, 2016. I’m a political junkie and a fundraising nerd. My formative professional years were spent in politics. I’m now in my third decade as a fundraiser. The two sectors are more related than you might think.

You know that #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by social media. Many local organizations are gearing up for big campaign on that day, but how can we increase awareness and engagement in Kansas City? Using #GivingTuesdayKC as part of and in addition to your #GivingTuesday campaign will create a conversation about local giving, and generate a comprehensive list of participating organizations in Kansas City. Donors can use #GivingTuesdayKC to find organizations that are making an impact in the

Two weeks from today we take to the polls to let our leaders know what kind of world we want to live in. While the presidential race has filled the public consciousness for months, voters will weigh in on numerous local issues. The countdown to Election Day is coming down to the wire; we all want to make an informed vote, and we value hearing from experts in the causes we care about. Seven of Nonprofit Connect’s member organizations spoke with us about local Kansas City ballot initiatives and legislative

The author Simon Sinek theorizes that businesses can often articulate the what and the how of what they do, but cannot as often articulate the why. In the nonprofit world, I believe we often have the opposite challenge: our sense of purpose is very strong, our work driven by our belief in our mission, but our processes and systems can become repetitive and uninspired. The word "innovation" has become overused jargon, but for me the word calls to mind all of the things that can happen--the collaborations,

Each year Nonprofit Connect hosts Shadow Day to match college students interested in the nonprofit sector with local nonprofit professionals for a day of learning and networking. In 2015, Mackenzie Lutz spent Shadow Day at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. One year later she is now a part of the team at RMHC, and reflects on her Shadow Day experience. Are you a student interested in a nonprofit career? Shadow Day is Friday, October 7! Learn more about Shadow Day.

Melanie Lockwood is coming to Kansas City on July 26 to present a workshop on risk and crisis management! Learn more and save your seat. As we head into the second half of 2016, the topic of “crisis management” may not be top of mind for all nonprofit leaders. Yet a common element of many crisis events—its appearance with little or no warning—offers a reminder that there is no true “season” for preparation. Effective nonprofit leaders must be vigilant and diligent from the beginning of the year to the end.

Guest post by Fervor Marketing Concepts Fervor sponsors Nonprofit Connect's Marketing Matters series. Check out our next program about Google Maps, Apps and Beyond on July 12. Learn more and RSVP. Knowing what to say is the easy part. But here’s the challenge: how to say it? Our clients and friends often ask us how they can strike the right tone in email marketing. Here are our tips on how to develop your nonprofit’s voice in your email campaigns:

Guest post by Melody Rayl, Attorney at Fisher & Phillips LLP. Melody was a panelist at our recent program covering trends in human resources. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finally released the long-awaited revised regulations affecting certain kinds of employees who may be treated as exempt from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime and minimum-wage requirements. The final version of the new regulations will be published officially on May 23, 2016.