Helping nonprofit leaders be more effective in their missions

By Debra Box on November 8, 2016
Executive Director, Support Kansas City

Support Kansas City was founded in 2000 with the express mission to support nonprofits by providing them with business and development services so that they could focus on their missions. Over the last 17 years, SKC has worked with over 300 nonprofits in the metro area. Through our education and community impact work, we’ve reached […]


What’s a nonprofit to do?

Advocacy Rules for Nonprofits

By Jessica Hembree on April 20, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Presidential election years heighten the decibel of the political conversation. Between SNL skits, shocking headlines, and social media, politics are very top-of-mind for many of us in our personal lives, but where do they factor into the work of nonprofit organizations? Although nonprofits are prohibited from endorsing candidates or taking partisan position, they have significant […]


Keep the line moving

Royals manager Ned Yost and World Series trophy

By Steve Roling on November 10, 2015
Inaugural President and CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

I started playing baseball at a very early age, and I have always loved the sport and the important life lessons learned by playing team sports. So as you can imagine, these last few months for me have been like living on a cloud. Every day, another exciting come-from-behind win or bitter disappointment. Luckily for […]


The Power of Giving Voice

By Joanna Sebelien on April 23, 2015
Chief Resource Officer, Harvesters

Every nonprofit has an advocacy program. Surprised? It might be called “educating the public” or “raising awareness,” but it is advocacy. At its core, advocacy is about engaging people in an issue or cause. It is what all nonprofits do every day. Harvesters has always had a commitment to engage the community in our issue […]


HATCH: Helping You Tell Stories with Purpose

By Jennifer Sykes on January 12, 2015
Communications Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Happy New Year! If you were like me over the holiday break, you spent time catching up. Reading papers, magazines, watching news stories, visiting with friends and families. Telling and hearing stories. It was during this down time that I explored Hatch. Hatch is a new platform for digital storytelling. Created by Hattaway Communications and […]


Why Was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Such a Success?

By Jennifer Sykes on August 28, 2014
Communications Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

There’s probably a good chance that at some point over the past month you’ve poured a bucket of ice water on your head … and not because of the scorching end-of-summer heat. A phenomenon hit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds this summer called the #ALSicebucketchallenge. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the […]


Nonprofit Employees, Are You Forgetting to Tell Your Story?

By Melinda Lewis on August 11, 2014
Associate Professor of Practice, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

In advocacy, we talk about ‘message’ a lot. We’re exhorted to remember to ‘stay on message’. We’re given talking points that are supposed to distill our message into sound bites. We’re asked to condense our communications to the most essential message. And yet we seldom have the tools we need to build really effective messages, […]


Nonprofits, Use Your Whole Team for Advocacy

By Evie Craig, MA, CFRE on May 22, 2014
President and CEO, reStart, Inc.

Thanks to the Health Care Foundation and the REACH Foundation, more than 50 leaders of area nonprofit organizations gathered at the Kauffman Foundation on May 15 for the first in a series of workshops. These workshops were designed to provide technical assistance to engage leaders to consider how slight shifts (referred to as 5 percent […]


Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Tackle Advocacy?

By Melinda Lewis on April 29, 2014
Associate Professor of Practice, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

Nonprofit organizations recognize today that, for better and for worse, it’s not enough to ‘just’ provide quality programs. If they are going to have a lasting and profound impact on the problems they confront, they will also need to advocate for improvements in the social conditions that create and perpetuate the needs to which those […]


Kansas City Philanthropy Community Prepared for Challenges

By Andres Dominguez on December 11, 2013
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Before we bid farewell to an eventful year dominated by the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, our HCF associates take a look back at significant events and projects and share their insights about the year 2013. On day three of our year in review, HCF Program Officer Andres Dominguez appraises the ever-changing challenges for […]



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HCF's Local Health Buzz Blog aims to discuss health and health policy issues that impact the uninsured and underserved in our service area. To submit a blog, please contact HCF Communications Officers, Jennifer Sykes, at jsykes@hcfgkc.org.

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