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Connext: Emerging Nonprofit Leaders

Do you enjoy attending Connext events, and want to play a role in shaping our programming? Are you looking to grow your leadership skills while helping shape the future of our region's nonprofit sector? Join the Connext board! We're seeking new board members to commit to our next two-year term (January '25 - December '27). As a working, all-volunteer board, Connext's leaders are a dynamic, diverse group who steer all facets of Connext's programs and activities.

Board applications are due by Monday, August 19th, 2024.

Questions? Join us for one of our upcoming information sessions or send an email to



Connext is a group of volunteer leaders that promote the recruitment, development and retention of emerging professionals in the nonprofit sector to support and enhance a strong, dynamic nonprofit community. We offer emerging nonprofit leaders the assistance they need as individuals and as a group to realize their full potential.

Since our inception in 2007 as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Kansas City, we’ve hosted over 100 programs for professionals growing in their nonprofit careers. Our group has evolved over the years with new events, new board members, and new goals, but we’ve always aimed to support and empower emerging nonprofit professionals in Kansas City.

We’ve been successful in large part to the tremendous support of Nonprofit Connect, who shared their resources, staff support and vision.

Upcoming Events


We typically offer one program per month. Connext programs include:

All-Access Tours of local nonprofit organizations

- Skills Sessions on professional development topics

Coffee Talks with local nonprofit CEOs and experts

Happy Hours and social events

Join us at our next program!

Stay Connected

The best way to get involved with Connext is to sign up for our emails.

We typically send one to two emails per month with information on upcoming events and how you can join in.

Click the button above and select "Connext: Emerging Nonprofit Professionals" for your mailing list preference.

Connext Mini Grant Fund 2024

The Connext Mini-Grant Fund offers financial assistance ranging from $50 to $250 to emerging nonprofit professionals in Kansas City. This fund aims to help those facing barriers in pursuing career-advancing opportunities that will also benefit the local nonprofit community. Connext is ready to support multiple applicants this year!

Application Deadline: July 31


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All you have to do to get involved with Connext is join us for an event!

We have no membership fee, and we offer both free and paid social and professional development programs. You do not have to be a member of Nonprofit Connect to attend. Connext welcomes people of all ages, although most of our attendees are in their 20s and 30s and are working in the nonprofit sector.

Connext Board of Directors 2024

The Connext Board of Directors is a working board of dynamic, diverse leaders that help steer the course of Connext's program and activities.

To contact the board, send an email to

Alix Carruth, Woodruff

Vice Chair

Chelsey Buseck, Agriculture Future of America


Connor Stangler, Children's Mercy Hospital - Kansas City


Torey Berndt, Mid-Continent Public Library

Inclusion Officer

Chanelle Zak, Lents Mazur & Associates

Past Chair

Sarah Taylor, Unbound

Nonprofit Connect Liaison
Hannah Bernardini, Nonprofit Connect


Ian Boyd, Habitat for Humanity Kansas City

Matthew Briggs, Children's Mercy

Lauren Clifton-Thompson, Amethyst Place

Jay Gilman, CCS Fundraising

Dajaun Hindsman, Community Capital Fund

Travis Jackson, Burns & McDonnell

Megan McCranie, Starlight Theatre

Mike Marcus, Reconciliation Services

Sydney Mollentine, Humane Society of Greater Kansas City

Briana Reed, Kansas City G.I.F.T.

Tish Sjuts, Midwest Innocence Project

Denton Williams, The Children's Place


Questions about Connext?

Contact the Board of Directors.


Thank you to our generous series sponsors for 2024!