Changing lives...behind the scenes.
The Support Kansas City (SKC) newsletter helps you stay informed on the latest topics and trends that help your nonprofit organization run more efficiently.
Shared Services
Every quarter SKC highlights one of its many services that you may or may not be taking advantage of.
Shared Spaces
Check out these useful spaces where nonprofits can thrive. Great ideas on how you can have space to do good.
Shared Resources
Need supplies? Here are some cost-effective ways to get the resources you need to run a more efficient organization.
Shared Voices
Read SKC's latest installment of Shared Voices, where some highly qualified experts share their viewpoints on topics of interest to nonprofits. 
Fund Development Planning: A Strategy for Organizational Success 
Every nonprofit organization is faced with the challenge of budgeting and identifying revenue to not only deliver mission-driven programs and products, but also address strategic goals and maintain overall organizational health. A thoughtful and well-organized fund development plan can help an organization take a proactive approach to its annual fundraising activities. 

Strategically, the process of creating a fund development plan helps an organization to set expectations and paint a realistic picture of annual fundraising revenue. A fund development plan encourages an organization to consider its impact and capacity, while identifying areas for success and growth potential. Likewise, it prompts an organization to evaluate its areas of need and direct (or redirect) resources accordingly.
Did You Know?  Payroll Best Practices and Resources
Support Kansas City would like to provide you with a quick payroll "snack". We have gathered a few links to timely topics in the world of payroll and human resources.  Please consult our payroll professionals at Support Kansas City with any questions regarding payroll and payroll best practices.
Staff News

Megan joined the SKC team in July 2017. She has over 15 years of experience working in the Kansas City nonprofit sector, specializing in grants management and resource development. Megan holds a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit and Community Service Management from Park University and is a credentialed grants professional (GPC) with the Grant Professionals Certification Institute.


Noelle graduated from Truman State University with a BS in Accounting and a BA in Business Management. Before joining the Support Kansas City team in 2017, she was employed at Cerner as a Tax Accountant for three years, working on sales and use tax, international tax, compliance, and tax research. Noelle enjoys exercising, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her fiancé.

The Mission Project and Camps for Kids Share Tiny Spaces
What comes to mind when you think of a shared space? Do you think of organizations with abundant space? So much space they might as well share with another organization? While that can be the case, this time we find ourselves recognizing two organizations, The Mission Project and Camps for Kids, for sharing a small space across the hall from Support Kansas City. 

Originally, The Mission Project did not have a permanent office and operated out of apartments while helping adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities live independently. In 2012, once the organization gained more participants, the leadership team decided to rent space from The Down Syndrome Guild in Mission, Kansas. This was a convenient location because many of The Mission Project's participants live in the apartments across the street. However, as The Mission Project and Down Syndrome Guild continued to grow, The Mission Project decided to move into an office suite of their own. Executive Director, Sarah Mai, says the space in their new office suite is perfect for The Mission Project's clientele. "There is a home-like lounge area where participants can spend time in community or in one-on-one counseling, and we have a classroom where programs can take place". Plus, Mai has her own office.

Shortly after moving into the new office suite, Mai was approached by the property manager about leasing space to Regina Weir, Camps for Kids Executive Director. At the time, Camps for Kids was leasing space in another building from the same property manager, who realized the two organizations have similar missions that focus on helping individuals with disabilities. 

Sharing Resources for Nonprofits Like You
Opportunity Nation's Opportunity Index

Opportunity Nation is a bipartisan, national campaign comprised of more than 350 cross-sector organizations working together to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America.

The Opportunity Index provides a snapshot of the economic, educational and civic health of all 50 states, Washington, DC, and more than 2,700 counties. The Index is updated annually, and was developed in partnership with Measure of America. Since opportunity varies significantly by community, this tool allows you to compare scores and understand why some communities have more opportunity than others.

CharityHowTo Webinars

CharityHowTo provides  free nonprofit training webinars and supporting materials, teaching nonprofits about many important topics. 

Training topics include grant writing, board management, fundraising, nonprofit auctions, online fundraising, social media and much more.

Updated Form I-9 for Use Beginning in September

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a revised version of Form I-9 which employers must begin to use by September 18, 2017, together with an updated Handbook for Employers to help assist in completing the revised forms. 

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Cultural Competency Collective of Greater Kansas City
CCC-GKC's Learning Community meetings are free and open to the public. 

September's topic (9/20/17) is Transracial Adoption and the session will feature a panel of transracial adoptees, parents, and professionals.

October's topic (10/25/17) is Healing Religious Bias and includes an extended session eligible for CEU's. 

Meetings are held from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at:
MCC Penn V alley Campus Center  Room CC503
3201 Southwest Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64111

Please email with questions, or to RSVP. 

Nonprofit Missouri Whistle Stop Tour Report

Nonprofit Missouri conducted six Whistle Stop listening sessions throughout Missouri. Sessions were held in St. Charles County, Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia and two sessions in St. Louis City. A total of 196 participants  attended representing 172 different nonprofit agencies.

The Whistle Stop Tour report summarizes common themes, highlights potential strategies and resources, and outlines next steps for the nonprofit sector.

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Leveraging Social Media & Digital Communications
A Nonprofit Advocacy KC Free Event

Facilitated by: Jake Lowen and Sean Soendker Nicholson, GPS Impact
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
September 29, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:30 a.m.

Mid-America Regional Council Trainings & Events

Did you know that the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) offers training opportunities? Click here to see a list of upcoming courses in September. 

Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership: 

Save the Date! 
2017 Nonprofit Leadership Conference 
November 20, 2017

See More Upcoming Seminars >>

Covered: An Insurance Handbook for Nonprofits

This handbook could be beneficial if:
* you have questions about what types of insurance your nonprofit should buy
* you want practical tips for spending insurance dollars wisely
* you're curious about what the coverages you've already purchased actually cover
* you want to make sure that your insurable risks are covered.

Order here>>

Unagency Discounts for Support Kansas City Clients

Unagency is an advertising and marketing agency, focused on equipping our client partners with knowledge about how to make savvy marketing choices. Unagency does this by teaching each client targeted philosophies behind core competencies: brand development, design, qualitative research, web development, SEO social media, CRM, inbound marketing, and more.  

Contact Craig for Support Kansas City client discounts. 

Radical Conversations: Cultivating Common Ground
Radical Conversations: Cultivating Common Ground - What does that mean for the nonprofit community? Panelists at this year's SKC Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Awards shared practical tips and advice with nonprofits about how to more effectively make their voices heard by local legislature in the shifting political climate. 

The panel discussion, Radical Conversations: Cultivating Common Ground, was moderated by Beth Radtke, Vice President & Foundation Office Director, Commerce Bank. Panelists included Jay Hardenbrook, AARP; Barbara Bollier, Kansas State Senate; Gary Burton, Burton & Liese Government Relations and former Missouri Representative; Ken Hussey, Missouri State Alliance of YMCA's; and David Jordan, Alliance for Healthy Kansas. 
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