• Philanthropy Awards Luncheon Nonprofit Connect
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  • Nonprofit Connect Luncheon Logo 2018
  • Presented by Country Club Bank

  • With more than 1,000 members of the nonprofit and business community attending every year, the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is Kansas City's oldest and largest celebration of giving. The funds raised at the Luncheon allow Nonprofit Connect to continue to offer education, resources and networking so that area nonprofit organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.

  • Luncheon Chairs

    We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Luncheon Chairs are Mary T. O'Connor and Mark C. Thompson of Country Club Bank.

  • Save the Date

    The 34th Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon will be Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.



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  • Tom Isenberg, John Isenberg and Carol Barnett
    Philanthropists of the Year

    Collectively, the Isenberg siblings have improved the lives of countless men, women and children in the metro area. Each individually provides outstanding leadership, countless hours of volunteer time, and significant financial resources to major organizations within the community; Tom to Synergy Services, Inc., John to the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City; and Carol to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. They have given and raised millions of dollars collectively throughout their philanthropic careers.

    Nominated by Robin Shanberg Winner, Synergy Services, Inc.


  • Randy and Cheryl Reinhardt
    Emerging Philanthropists of the Year

    The Reinhardts are very active in Kansas City community development, supporting a wide variety of innovative approaches to making our city a place where families of all walks of life have the opportunity to thrive. Together the couple has supported and raised funds for Youthfront, Unconventional Business Network, Avenue of Life and Higher Impact. For 25 years, through their company Zephyr Products, Randy and Cheryl have been blessed to work with, advocate for, and support incarcerated individuals through key programs such as Brothers in Blue Reentry and Reaching Out from Within.

    Nominated by Topher Philgreen, Youthfront


  • Jeffrey Bentley
    Nonprofit Professional of the Year

    During Mr. Bentley’s twenty years with the Kansas City Ballet, the company budget has quadrupled, the dance company has increased and the school has grown. He has orchestrated and successfully completed a $35 million capital campaign as well as led the masterful search, selection and oversight of the company’s first permanent home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity. Under Jeffrey’s leadership, the organization has achieved the local, regional and national prominence it deserves.

    Nominated by Jennifer Wampler, Kansas City Ballet and Kathy Stepp, Stepp & Rothwell


  • Jeremy Lillig
    Emerging Nonprofit Professional of the Year

    Jeremy’s capacity for nonprofit leadership has been shown time and time again as he has advanced in responsibility with the Diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph. In his six year tenure with the Diocese, he has assumed direction of and completely revived the Bright Futures Fund, Endowment Trust Fund for Catholic Education, and the Catholic Community Foundation. Jeremy’s passionate leadership has resulted in a budget surplus, expanded staff and record giving.

    Nominated by Gail Vertz, Diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph


  • Kevin Connor
    Volunteer of the Year

    Kevin Connor has volunteered on behalf of the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City for 30 years as a leader of the Amy Thompson Run for Brain Injury, helping to raise over $500,000 for programs that benefit traumatic brain injury survivors. In addition, he has contributed years of volunteer leadership to St. Theresa’s Academy, Seton Center and the Brookside Soccer Club. Kevin is a generous volunteer who supports new initiatives and believes in “faith in action.”

    Nominated by Bev Jacobson, Brain Injury Association of Kansas & Greater Kansas City


  • Nicole Jacobs-Silvey
    Emerging Volunteer of the Year

    Nicole is driven to provide opportunities to individuals who may be underserved due to socio-economic status, race or gender. She co-founded the Sister’s Circle of Greater Kansas City to help improve the quality of life of African-Americans in our community, and has served on boards and committees for University Academy, UMKC Women of Color Leadership Conference, Central Exchange, and countless other organizations. She is truly a servant leader who strives to make an impact in Kansas City.

    Nominated by Jennifer Ingraham, UMKC Foundation


  • H&R Block
    Business Philanthropist of the Year

    In a unique partnership, H&R Block and the affiliate H & R Block Foundation together generate millions of dollars of philanthropic investments and thousands of hours of skilled volunteerism annually in the Kansas City community. For more than forty years, H&R Block’s matching gifts program has multiplied employees’ gifts, totaling more than $3.2 million in charitable giving in the last five years. H&R Block has established a corporate culture that is reflective of the simple principle that a company does well when the communities it serves do well.

    Nominated by Jim MacDonald, United Way of Greater Kansas City


  • Women’s Foundation & City of Kansas City, Missouri
    Excellence in Collaboration

    The Appointments Project is a collaborative and innovative effort between the Women’s Foundation and local government to appoint more women to serve on city, county and state boards and commissions in Kansas and Missouri. Since its launch in 2014, the project has received over 800 applicants and secured 82 appointments in 2 states, 3 counties and 5 cities. These organizations are working together to create system-wide change in removing barriers to civic engagement for women.

    Nominated by Tondee’ Lutterman, BKD, LLP


  • United Way 2-1-1 of Greater Kansas City
    Excellence in Impact

    United Way 2-1-1 of Greater Kansas City is a local program connecting people from the 23-county area to vital community resources. The free, confidential hotline provides an information and referral service to those in need of health and human services, including clinics, food pantries, job training, and more. From 2015-2016, United Way 2-1-1 of Greater Kansas City received 138,284 calls and made 193,880 referrals. The program is making an impact for underserved communities by serving as a connector in times of crisis.

    Nominated by Eugene R. Wilson


  • Sponsorship

    Show your support for philanthropy in Kansas City. Sponsorship benefits include reserved seating and placement on Awards Luncheon publicity materials.