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38th Annual Nonprofit Connect Awards Celebration

The Nonprofit Connect Awards Celebration (formerly the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon) honors individuals and organizations for their outstanding commitment to positive impact in Kansas City. Now in its 38th year, the Awards Celebration has honored over 200 nonprofit professionals and organizations and remains the oldest and largest celebration of nonprofit excellence in Kansas City.

As of right now the 2022 Awards Celebration is scheduled to be in-person. Nonprofit Connect is constantly monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will follow the most current CDC guidelines and local health ordinances for this event. Vaccinations are required to attend. Masks and social distancing will be encouraged.

Save The Date
Wednesday, May 18
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Muehlebach Hotel

Awards & Nominations

Nominations are now open, click here to download the full award criteria.
The deadline to submit is Friday, February 11.

Persevering Advocate
-Presented to an individual*.
-Demonstrated an outstanding commitment to champion a nonprofit organization in 2021.
-Exhibited support for the organization through personal leadership and service.
* Note: Designation of primary role (i.e. executive director, nonprofit staff member, board member, volunteer) will be requested on the nomination form. We welcome and encourage nominations of individuals in ANY role.

Equity In Action
-Presented to two nonprofit organizations (one large, one small).
-Exhibits an outstanding commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
-Took initiative in addressing societal issues in 2021.
-Continues to foster an inclusive culture.

Nonprofit Catalyst
-Presented to two nonprofit professionals (one executive, one staff member).
-Demonstrated extraordinary commitment to their organization in 2021.
-Used exceptional leadership and / or teamwork skills to find solutions to relevant issues in 2021.

Stronger Together
-Presented to a nonprofit organization and another entity (i.e. business, foundation, government agency or nonprofit).
-By joining forces and leveraging combined resources, this strategic partnership achieved greater results in service to the community than one entity could have achieved on its own.
-The nomination should focus on the accomplishments of this partnership, whether formed in 2021 or previously, in direct response to relevant issues in 2021.

Excellence In Impact
-Presented to two nonprofit organizations (one large, one small).

-Found creative and inclusive solutions to expand their programs or provide additional services to their community in 2021.
-Demonstrated resourcefulness and determination to continue mission fulfillment.

Sponsorship Levels

By supporting Nonprofit Connect, you are supporting the hundreds of local organizations that we serve, and the thousands of Kansas Citians they serve. View the sponsorship levels and benefits by utilizing the dropdown menus, or click here for a printable version.

2021 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon

To view the recording of the 2021 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon and to learn more about last year's honorees, click here.

The 2021 award categories and honorees were:

Brilliance in Resilience
Children's Mercy Kansas City
Hope Faith

Persevering Advocate
Dr. Kimberly Beatty
Kenzi Hoyle
Carmen Kraus
Ann Tinsman

Equity in Action
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Heart to Heart International
Troost Market Collective
United Inner City Services

Pivoting Pioneer
Harvesters - The Community Food Network

Stronger Together
YMCA of Greater Kansas City with United Methodist Church of the Ressurection
Turn the Page KC with Camp Fire Heartland, Boys & Girls Club of Greater KC, The YMCA of Greater Kansas City, and the Upper Room


For questions about the Awards Celebration, please contact