Nonprofit Connect Blog

Nonprofit organizations (501(c)3s) experience a unique set of financial problems that stem from both how the sector operates outside the traditional rules of supply and demand and the way our culture views philanthropy. Often, nonprofits enter the market when for-profit and governmental sectors can’t, won’t or shouldn’t, generally due to a gap or failure in the market economy. Their customers are often unable to pay for the services that they provide, and demand for services often goes UP as ability to pay

It was my great honor in January to begin a term as President of the Board of Directors of Nonprofit Connect. My career in human services includes 33 years as an executive director, many of those years served at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Kansas City. I left that post in 2013 to form an executive coaching and consulting firm to support the many missions we find in Kansas City. After relying on Nonprofit Connect for many years in my professional life, I was elected to the board in 2011 and have

Nonprofit Connect recently hosted Sharon Latimer, Amy Altholz and Katherine Girgis from RubinBrown LLP for a program on Hot Topics in Nonprofit Finance in 2015. All from the Not-for-Profit Services Group, they explored industry trends and shared insight into the financial landscape for the next year. The full presentation is available to Nonprofit Connect members on ResourceLink. Nonprofit Connect’s Office Manager, Amanda Rehani, sat in and summarized the financial topics that your organization should be

I recently led a personal branding program for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Kansas City and shared five steps on the road to establishing your best professional image. Your personal brand equates to value, and validates the skills you bring to the table. Whether you’re looking for a new position in 2015, or working to establish yourself in an existing role, you need a personal brand!

Nonprofit Connect recently hosted Jay Love, CEO/Co-founder of Bloomerang and Jay Wilkinson, Founder/CEO of Firespring, in Kansas City for a sold out professional development training. This program was a part of the Fundraising Fundamentals series, offered in partnership with Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Mid-America Chapter. 6 Steps to Never Losing Another Donor covered tips for an engaging website, strategies for fundraising metrics, donor database best practices and keys for driving donor

Guest Post by Marty Stanley, Dynamic Dialog, Inc. 1) Have clear job descriptions. It sounds obvious, yet unclear accountabilities and experience requirements can result in a poor candidate selection pool. In addition, a well written position description saves the recruiter or hiring manager time by screening out unqualified candidates. 2) Highlight the best features of your organizational culture in your job posting. This will help attract the people who want to be in that kind of environment. Not

It’s a great time to live and work in Kansas City. Our community is thriving in so many ways (go Royals!), and Nonprofit Connect has caught the fever as we take our organization to the next level to better serve our members and the greater nonprofit sector. As I reflect on 2014, I’m proud to report our accomplishments as an organization. Early in the year we unveiled a new and improved website with user-friendly applications and easier program registration. With the new website came a refreshed JobLink, and

With the explosion of data and analytics in use in nonprofit environments, it’s no surprise that more effective methods of identifying and segmenting donors and prospects are emerging. With the use of analytics, and the appropriate sourcing of relevant and accurate data, nonprofits can know more than ever before about their donors and other constituents, and can more accurately target passionate supporters for acquisition.

In September, Nonprofit Connect hosted Volunteer Management Institute, a three-day volunteer management intensive featuring volunteers management experts from local organizations like KC Pet Project and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Amy Gaier, Program Director at the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City attended and shares what she learned from VMI.

Last fall, Nonprofit Connect launched the Extreme Makeover: Website Edition contest to connect nonprofits in need of new websites with creative agencies willing to help. Nineteen area nonprofits submitted videos showing why they deserved a new website, and Feed Northland Kids was selected. Fervor Marketing Concepts generously offered their services to create fully responsive and mobile friendly websites that would help Feed Northland Kids better tell their story and advance their mission.