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38th Annual Nonprofit Connect Awards Celebration

Since the events of 2020, we have all been tested in ways we could have never imagined. But we have also awakened an inner strength that we may have never discovered otherwise. We have affirmed that our community is vital, kind and generous and when we come together we can do anything, especially when things can seem bleak. As we move towards the next era of our sector we are shedding our old ways of doing and gaining a new perspective. We are Rising Above our previous iterations, and Lifting ourselves to new heights.

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.

2022 Awards Celebration Honorees


Sponsorship Levels

Each day, nonprofit organizations perform tremendous acts of service that make Kansas City a better place to work and live. By sponsoring the Awards Celebration, you not only advocate for these organizations, but allow Nonprofit Connect to provide resources to help them fulfill their mission. View the sponsorship levels and benefits by utilizing the dropdown menus, or click here for a printable version.

Sponsorships and associated benefits are no longer available for the 2022 Awards Celebration. If you would like to make a donation in support of Nonprofit Connect, please call 816-888-5600, email, or click the 'donate' button at the top of the page.


Awards & Nominations

Nominations are now closed for the 2022 Awards Celebration. Click here to download the full award criteria.

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.


Previous Award Winners

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


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