Jake Jacobson, Colby Jones, Sloane Simmons and Casey Simmons mingle at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.

Nonprofit News

Stay updated on the latest news in Kansas City's nonprofit community.

Does your organization have good news to share? Nonprofit Connect is pleased to share news from our members on our website. Post your recent hiring announcements, fundraising achievements, honors and awards, or other good news. Log in to post your news.

Please post event announcements on our free Community Events Calendar.

American Public Square at Jewell and Donnelly College Announce Partnership on Programming Series

For Immediate Release
September 3, 2019
Contact: Claire Bishop                                                Contact: Craig Doty
Executive Director & COO                                          Director, Marketing & Communications
American Public Square at Jewell                               Donnelly College
(816) 601-1003                                                           (913) 621-8700
Claire@AmericanPublicSquare.org                            CDoty@donnelly.edu
American Public Square at Jewell and Donnelly College Announce Partnership on Programming Series
American Public Square at Jewell is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Donnelly College, in Kansas City, Kansas, on a series of programs beginning this fall.
American Public Square at Jewell and Donnelly will partner to produce three events that will be recognized in the community as American Public Square at Jewell—The Donnelly Series.
The first event in the series will take place September 20 at 2:00PM on the Donnelly College campus. Ken Ilgunas, environmentalist and author of the 2019-20 Donnelly College “Common Read” Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never Done Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland will present a lecture on the Keystone XL pipeline and environmental ethics in an event that is free and open to the public; registration is available here.
Donnelly’s Common Read program is a campus-wide initiative to include one common, thought provoking book on the reading list for all students and faculty at the school.
The second event, Affordable Housing: Making the Numbers Work will be an American Public Square at Jewell panel discussion held at Old Mission United Methodist Church on October 24.
The third event in the series will take place in spring 2020.
“As we look to expand our relationships with academic institutions in the region to bring civility tools, curriculum and thoughtful topics to students where they are, we are very pleased to be returning to the Donnelly College campus,” said APS founder, Ambassador Allan Katz. “The diversity of Donnelly’s student body and their commitment to respectful dialogue on important issues make them an ideal partner for American Public Square as we expand our work with students in the Kansas City metro area.”
"We are tremendously excited for this partnership with American Public Square at Jewell,” said Monsignor Stuart Swetland, President of Donnelly College. "APS has a well-earned reputation for encouraging civic dialogue among all parties, and given Donnelly's emphasis on seeking the truth, celebrating diversity, building community, and pursuing excellence. Donnelly College is a natural fit for this effort."
In addition to the Donnelly Series of programs, American Public Square at Jewell will work with faculty and students to offer internships for fall and spring that enable students to contribute first hand to the work of producing, researching and ultimately conducting panels on subjects of significance to the KC community.
For more information, please contact Claire Bishop, Executive Director at American Public Square at Jewell, or Lisa Stoothoff, Donnelly Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs/Dean of the College.
American Public Square at Jewell is a nonpartisan nonprofit that seeks to change the tone and quality of public discourse. The group organizes programs that feature expert panelists and audience members with opposing views talking to each other, civilly, about controversial topics. Though these discussions may not always change minds, everyone walks away with a better understanding of the other side, a key step toward respect, compromise, and resolution.
Donnelly College is an independent, coeducational, Catholic institution founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. The College was established in 1949 to offer affordable Catholic higher education to urban immigrants and the working class, with special focus on "those who might not otherwise be served." Today, Donnelly continues that proud tradition of increasing access to those most under-represented in higher education within a culture that promotes student success.