In the early 1970's, a group of fundraisers established a Greater Kansas City chapter of what was then known as the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, now the Association of Fundraising Professionals. When the chapter dissolved a few years later, several of the founders established a new group in 1976 which they named the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy. The initial goal was to provide a networking and educational venue for fundraisers.
In the early years, the Council held meetings and events for fundraisers to learn and network with peers. As the need grew among others in the nonprofit community to connect to training, resources and networking opportunities, the Council broadened its programs and services to serve them.
This expansion of services has evolved over the years to become the Nonprofit Connect organization that you know today.
1983 Telephone Jobline
1985 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon
1991 Voice of Philanthropy Newsletter
1993 Philanthropy Midwest Conference
1995 Website www.kcphilnet.org created with Foundation Directory
1999 Nonprofit Resource Directory
2001 Clearinghouse for Midcontinent Foundations merges with the Council
2003 Philly Awards
2004 First full-time Executive Director hired
2006 Nonprofit Job Fair
2007 Nonprofit Shadow Day
2008 Nonprofit Communications Council and Community Association of Nonprofit Business Professionals fold into the Council
2008 Council on Philanthropy rebrands to become Nonprofit Connect: Network. Learn. Grow.