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.
SKC just added new office and meeting space at our offices in Mission, KS. The additional office space supports our growing staff needs and provides a larger meeting space for the SKC staff, board and clients. 
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. 
Staff News
Congratulations, Kassie Sands!

Support Kansas City is happy to announce that Kassie Sands, Director of Development and Administrative Services, has earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive credentials. Professional fundraisers who have earned the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which includes tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. Kassie is pleased to join the ranks of the CFRE professionals who are dedicated to upholding the highest standards in ethical philanthropic fundraising and excited to continue to share her expertise and experiences to benefit Support Kansas City clients.
Thank you, Cara and Erin!

Our best wishes and thanks to Cara Leung and Erin DeVreugd! Cara recently left her position as the Accounting and Planning Intern at SKC for a full-time position at KPMG. Erin has moved on to an Accounting and Development role at St. Pius X High School. 
Welcome to our new associates!

Barbara has joined SKC's Accounting Team as a Client Accountant. Barbara's experience includes work in local public accounting firms, positions in accounting with a local manufacturing company, and as a controller of a small company that provides benefits consulting. Barbara joined the accounting world after working as a dietitian and food service manager in hospital settings. Barbara's interests include a love of gardening and the outdoors. Another favorite of hers includes hiking and spending time in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband. 


Savannah has joined SKC's team as the Accounting and Planning Intern. Savannah is currently a senior at William Jewell College. She is pursuing degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, and ACT-in. ACT-in is a second major program that includes active learning experiences in the areas of Reflective Citizenship, Disciplinary Scholarship, and Active Engagement. Savannah's activities at William Jewell also include playing on the tennis team and serving as an accounting tutor. She previously interned at the Embassy Suites in Buffalo, NY in Sales and Marketing. 
Programs and Studio Space for Creative Entrepreneurs
InterUrban ArtHouse will transform the Post Office in Downtown Historic Overland Park into a community center for arts and cultural studios.

Phase-1a renovations include the purchase and improvements to the 10,000 square foot building to make it fully accessible. Phase-1b will include finishes to create studios, exhibition and programming space for a variety of creative entrepreneurs.


Sharing Resources for Nonprofits Like You
Board Management for Today's NFP: Trends, Capacity & Governance

Join CBIZ MHM and Support Kansas City on Thursday, December 10th, for a conversation led by Debra Box, Executive Director, Support Kansas City. Debra will focus on the trends in high performance boards, building capacity, and the key aspects of building and maintaining an effective relationship between your Not-for-Profit organization and your board members. Register by December 1. 

Common Threads: 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Conference - Nov. 23, 2015

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC and Nonprofit Missouri are hosting their second collaboration of the Nonprofit Leadership conference on Monday, November 23, 2015 in Kansas City on the campus of UMKC in Bloch Executive Hall. The conference Common Threads: 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Conference will look at how the nonprofit sector can work together to address their communities most pressing issues.

Johnson County Christmas Bureau - Festival of Trees

The Johnson County Christmas Bureau is presenting this year's Festival of Trees at the Holiday Boutique, November 19-22 at the Overland Park Convention Center.  The Festival of Trees is a display of uniquely decorated holiday trees, wreaths and table     arrangements available through silent auction.
Meeting Space - The Pryor Center for Leadership Development

The Pryor Center for Leadership Development offers a variety of services to help your needs. Although the building houses two leadership programs and two community services, you can reserve the building for your next organizational meeting or event.


Training Room

Sunflower House has a great training room that seats 50 classroom style, with large flat screen and projector equipment available for use, preferably during office hours (9:30-5:00). It is located next to a kitchen with refrigerators and stove/oven, if needed. No set charge but donations are accepted. For more information, contact Michelle Herman, President and CEO, at 913.631.5800 or [email protected].

Could Your Team Use Some Building?

Wildwood's trained team building facilitators can provide an experience your staff, youth participants, or volunteers will find enjoyable, challenging, and transformational! We will welcome you to camp just south of Louisburg, KS to experience the beauty of the natural setting for our 35-element Adventure Challenge Course, or, our facilitation team can come to you to lead an experiential team building activities at your location. You and your participants will set the goals of the day, and we'll bring expertise, fun, and facilitation to make it a great experience. Meeting rooms and meals at their facility are also available upon request.

For more information, contact Robyn Ratcliff, Executive Director, at 913.757.4500 or [email protected].
SKC Community Advisory Group
Can You Build Capacity Without Defining It First?

What would happen to Kansas City if the entire sector of nonprofits no longer existed? There is a need to find meaningful ways to increase awareness in our community about the critical role nonprofits play both economically, and with the services they provide. Would further research to determine nonprofit sector capacity and the value to our community provide motivation and inspiration for all three sectors (nonprofit, for profit and government) to better coordinate philanthropic activities?

About the SKC Community Advisory Group

The SKC Community Advisory Group is a group of community leaders who meet quarterly to share ideas about improving the performance of nonprofits and provide guidance to SKC in the role we play in supporting a high performing, sustainable nonprofit community. The SKC Community Advisory Group met in October. The conversation focused on capacity at three different levels; community wide, within the nonprofit sector, and from an organizational perspective. Our thanks to the SKC Community Advisory Group members: Rhonda Holman with the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Gloria Jackson-Leathers with the Kauffman Foundation, Missouri, Mark Shuster with the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, Macaela Stephenson with Blue Cross Blue Shield, John Woods with the City of Kansas City, Stephen Samuels with LISC, and Andrea Young representing the SKC board, for their leadership perspective on nonprofit sector capacity.
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