Nonprofits, Use Your Whole Team for Advocacy

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?

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

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 […]

Advocacy Must Be an Essential Part of Nonprofits

In the late 1960s, I worked for a not-for-profit agency in rural Missouri that cared for kids who were separated from their parents for various reasons. Back then our job was to love the kids and provide a safe and structured home for these children so they could hopefully return to their families and become […]

Former Kansas Governors Define Leadership

The Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita, Ks. (funded by the Kansas Health Foundation) fosters civic leadership. Its initiatives are designed to inspire, educate and connect Kansans from all areas of civic life, including business, government and nonprofit organizations. Periodically they publish “The Journal” which includes interesting stories about leadership issues and often they tell the […]

How Social Media Has Changed Communications and Why Non Profits Should Jump on Board

Think of a recent major event. How did you find out about the tornado in Joplin, MO? I was driving home and saw a status update on Facebook from a friend. I grew up in the area, so for the next 48-hours I was glued to Facebook, following friends’ status updates to get the latest […]

Training the Future Non-Profit Leaders

When I was in college I was fortunate enough to meet Tom Butterfield who had started a residential home for troubled boys in Marshall, Mo. Tom’s vision for helping youth grow to be responsible adults captured my heart. In many ways, meeting Tom changed my life. I worked for Tom while in graduate school and […]

Nonprofits – Are You Listening??

I used to work in the for-profit sector as a banker and as a publisher of a business newspaper. It was customary for us to regularly conduct focus groups or surveys of our customers to find out what they were thinking about our product or services. Based upon this input, we would redesign our products […]


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