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  • History

  • 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 todayWe 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.