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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

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 Mike Farag, founder at Fervor Marketing Concepts Fervor sponsors Nonprofit Connect's Marketing Matters series. Check out our next program about Modern Media Relations on May 10. Learn more and register here. When I started Fervor more than seven years ago, it was a simpler time. Mostly me and a few trusted creatives. We were good at helping clients, exposing their real strategic needs from a marketing perspective and then executing that strategy. We developed a pretty cool process called a

Those of us that work in nonprofits know a thing or two about small budgets. For most nonprofits, we either have no funds or a very small amount that can be dedicated to paid advertising for our organizations. When KC Pet Project started in 2012, we had a lot to overcome: a negative image about the Kansas City, MO animal shelter that we took over that had a 40 year history of being a high-kill shelter and we were a brand new nonprofit organization in Kansas City. We had to be creative with our strategy to

We’re back at our desks and ready to take on a new year. It’s exciting to think about what big shifts will occur for nonprofits in 2016. It seems our sector is gaining more attention and more credibility. As we continue to accomplish our good work, we are garnering the respect we deserve and gaining recognition for the impact we make in our community.

It’s no secret that fraudulent incidents in the nonprofit sector are on the rise. In fact, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) 2014 Global Fraud Study, the median loss for nonprofit organizations due to fraud that year was $108,000, up 20 percent from 2010. Even more shocking is that smaller organizations tend to suffer larger losses due to occupational fraud. When boiled down, fraud occurs when three factors align: pressure, opportunity and rationalization. This is known as

The Nonprofit Connect Rising Stars represent our city's emerging philanthropists that are leading volunteerism in new and creative directions. The exemplary leadership of these eight Rising Stars ensure a bright future for our community. Nonprofit Connect will honor the 2015 Rising Stars at the 31st Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. Join us as we celebrate their impact!

When I have spoken about this topic with nonprofits it seems to get their attention more than other topics like lost donations from using a PC form for a mobile donor. The topic of which I speak is one I’ve blogged about here and it’s the Google search rank change that goes into effect on April 21 2015. As a refresher, if your primary web domain does not have a “mobile-friendly” version per Google’s mobile search bot software program your domain will get demoted in search rank.

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