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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.