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 that you know today. We now serve over 5,000 members from over 600 organizations in Kansas City.
1983 Telephone Jobline established
1985 First Philanthropy Awards Luncheon
1991 Voice of Philanthropy Newsletter distributed
1993 First Philanthropy Midwest Conference
1995 Website www.kcphilnet.org created with Foundation Directory
1999 Nonprofit Resource Directory distributed
2001 Clearinghouse for Midcontinent Foundations merges with the Council
2003 First Philly Awards
2004 First full-time Executive Director hired
2006 First Nonprofit Job Fair
2007 First 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.