Nonprofit Connect: Network. Learn. Grow.
125 East 31st Street
Suite 100
Kansas City MO 64108

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 888-5600
Mission Statement

Nonprofit Connect links the nonprofit community to education, resources and networking so organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Luann Feehan
Board Chair Mrs. Valerie Nicholson-Watson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Harvesters-The Community Food Network
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1974
Former Names
Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy
Council on Philanthropy
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Nonprofits play a vital role in Kansas City. By supporting Nonprofit Connect, you are supporting the hundreds of local organizations that we serve, and the thousands of Kansas Citians they serve. We offer sponsorship opportunities with some of the leading educational programs and events for our nonprofit community. Please visit for more information and to give online. We also accept general donations via check made out to Nonprofit Connect and mailed to 125 E. 31st Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64108; and donations by phone at 816-888-5600.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Nonprofit Connect links the nonprofit community to education, resources and networking so organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.

Background Statement
In 1971, John Shehane led the formation of a local chapter of the National Society of Fundraisers. By 1974 the chapter had dissolved but a group of ten continued to gather and in 1975 formed a new organization, the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy. Unlike today, Council by-laws did not encourage all segments of Kansas City's philanthropic community to become members. Funders, volunteers, consultants and businesses were conspicuously absent.  In 1983, a telephone JobLine was established. In 1985, the first Philanthropy Awards Luncheon was held to enhance community awareness of the fundraising profession and promote understanding of philanthropy. In 1991, the Council launched Kansas City Philanthropy newsletter (later known as Voice of Philanthropy), the only print publication in GKC dedicated to covering the nonprofit sector until 2009 when it was absorbed into the Link Weekly e-newsletter. In September 1993, the Council initiated a major educational program, the September Seminar, later known as the Philanthropy Midwest Conference and now the Nonprofit Solutions Conference. In 1998, the Council launched its website, then known as KCPhilNet, and JobLink went online. A few years later, the Council began offering an Online Foundation Directory for members only. In 2006, KCPhilNet was relaunched with a new look, an updated Foundation Directory and other new tools and resources. In 2008 the Council’s board, after conducting focus groups and surveys, voted to change the organization's name to Nonprofit Connect: Network. Learn. Grow. Several organizations merged into Nonprofit Connect over the years, including the Clearinghouse for Mid-Continent Foundations (2002), the Community Association of Nonprofit Business Executives (CANBE), the Nonprofit Communications Network (2008) and the Volunteer Center of Johnson County (2010). Nonprofit Connect held a capital campaign from 2011 to 2014 to expand programming, establish a permanent office and training facility, add staff and implement a new organizational membership structure. In 2012 Nonprofit Connect launched a new membership structure providing benefits to all member organization employees, and in 2017 we will offer more than 95 educational and networking programs annually serving over 600 members representing over 5,000 individuals.
Impact Statement


  1. We ended 2018 with 727 members, which translates into approximately 5,000 nonprofit professionals, board members and volunteers, as well as businesses and funders, receiving membership benefits.
  2. Nonprofit Connect engaged 6,300 nonprofit professionals with 97 educational programs in 2018. We continued to expand our programming with Nonprofit Managers Institute, a three-day intensive for new leaders. In addition, we added an advocacy initiative to inform nonprofits about policy issues. 
  3. 2,514 nonprofit jobs, board positions and internships were posted on our nonprofit job board, JobLink, in 2018. 
  4. 91% of nonprofit members surveyed feel like membership with Nonprofit Connect has impacted their organization's ability to better achieve its mission.
2019 GOALS:
  1. In 2019, Nonprofit Connect will continue to expand and develop programming to position our training as feeders to national professional certifications.
  2. We are meeting our members where they are by providing more on-demand training and webinars for nonprofit development. We launched the eLearning Center in January 2017, which offers webinars, toolkits, videos and other online resources just for nonprofit professionals.
  3. In 2019 we plan to offer more customized training, including board and staff retreats, to our nonprofit members. This custom, on-site training will increase capacity for local organizations.
Needs Statement
  1. Membership Services ($63,800) to cover the cost of the membership management system, the Director of Membership, and member services (e.g., ResourceLink and GrantStation). 
  2. Office and Training Facility ($79,000) including rent and supplies.
  3. Nonprofit Connect Capacity ($122,000) for the Director of Programming, Director of Marketing and Office Coordinator.
  4. Educational Programming ($90,000) for the Executive Director Leadership Institute, quarterly Executive Director breakfasts, 501(c) Success National Speaker Series, Volunteer Management Institute (VMI) I and II, Board Chair Boot Camp, Board Basics, Succession Planning, Finance/Administration/Operations track, and young professional programming.
Service Categories
Nonprofit Management
Professional Societies & Associations
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

As I reflect on 2018, I am proud to report our accomplishments as an organization. We continue to listen to our the needs of the nonprofit sector, and meet those challenges head on with education and resources.

We grew our educational offerings in 2018, providing 97 programs that engaged 6,300 nonprofit professionals, board members and volunteers. Most importantly many of these programs were offered free for members, creating affordable professional development for all nonprofits regardless of budget size. New programs included Nonprofit Managers Institute and advocacy education.

And we also grew our membership in 2018, recruiting 154 new members who saw the value in belonging to our nonprofit network. We’re proud of our 84% member retention rate, and we’re constantly developing our resources and membership value for organizations.

 As we look ahead to 2019, we're excited to offer custom training for our nonprofit and business members.  As a leader in nonprofit capacity building for Kansas City, our custom programs like board and staff retreats will meet members where they are, and strengthen the team and organization.
It seems our sector is gaining more attention and more credibility. As we continue to accomplish our good work, nonprofits are garnering the respect we deserve and gaining recognition for the impact we make in our community. At Nonprofit Connect, our mission is to link this nonprofit community to education, resources and networking so that organizations can more effectively achieve their missions. We look forward to taking our organization to the next level to better serve our members, the nonprofit sector and the greater community.
Luann Feehan
Executive Director 
Description Nonprofit Connect's eLearning Center brings professional development directly to you. Local nonprofit organizations can enjoy access to on-demand training, best-practice toolkits, and videos on a variety of topics just for nonprofit professionals. 
Program Budget $25,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Vocational Education
Population Served General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
As of December 2017, Nonprofit Connect offered 62 new online resources, and as of December 2018, added 30 new online resources in the eLearning Center, for a combined total of 92 resources.
Nonprofit Connect developed seven videos and document-based toolkits; four in 2017 and three in 2018.
Long-Term Success

Nonprofit Connect's eLearning Center will serve as the ultimate tool for nonprofit professional development the Midwest. The resources will help nonprofit professionals build their capacity and further their organization's mission. And eLearning Center brings these resources to the nonprofit professional, so that even if they don't have time to attend a Nonprofit Connect educational program, the individual can still work on professional development right at their desk.

Ultimately, the eLearning Center will transform the work capacity of nonprofit professionals, with 90% reporting that their ability to perform their jobs and achieve their missions had increased as a result of the eLearning resource. 
Program Success Monitored By We are data analytics provided by our eLearning software provider to monitor eLearning Center traffic. We also administer a Member Survey annually, which will include specific feedback questions about eLearning Center.
Examples of Program Success

By January 2018, individuals from 53 different organizations had downloaded a resource, and from January 2018 through January 2019, individuals from 101 different organizations downloaded a resource from the eLearning Center.


The Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is Nonprofit Connect's signature event, when we come together as a community to recognize extraordinary leaders in philanthropy. We celebrate the kindness of those who give back to Kansas City by awarding the Philanthropist, Business Philanthropist, Nonprofit Professional and Volunteer of the Year. To date, Nonprofit Connect has honored over 100 established leaders over thirty years. With more than 1,000 members of the nonprofit and business community attending every year, the Luncheon is Kansas City's oldest and largest celebration of giving. This is Nonprofit Connect's single fundraising event of the year, and 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.

Program Budget $75,000.00
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Voluntarism Promotion
Population Served General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
For 2018, the attendance goal was 1000 with a $180,000 gross revenue goal and net goal of $100,000. We achieved our attendance goal, and raised $227,510 exceeding our gross revenue goal and net goal.
Long-Term Success The Awards Luncheon will be the most recognized and best attended luncheon in Greater Kansas City with a net per dollar exceeding 60 cents. Through the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon, community awareness will be raised about the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit organizations that serve our community.
Program Success Monitored By The number of nominations from local nonprofit organizations for people and organizations to be considered as honorees is an indication of the sector's buy-in to the event. We also track attendance and net revenues.
Examples of Program Success In 2018, the 34th Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon netted $138,446, achieving and surpassing our budgeted net of $100,000. This income goes directly to providing education, resources and networking so local nonprofit organizations can more effectively achieve their missions. Highly successful results like these are critical because the Luncheon is Nonprofit Connect's only special fundraising event each year.

Nonprofit Connect offers relevant and affordable skill-building training to nonprofit professionals and volunteers (new to the sector or with years of experience). Programs are planned semi-annually. Topics and speakers are selected from industry literature, outreach to professional associations and experts, and program evaluation feedback. We offer close to 100 educational programs annually in the topics of nonprofit management, governance, fundraising, marketing, volunteer management and operations.

Program Budget $20,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Vocational Education
Population Served General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

In 2018, Nonprofit Connect trained 6,300 nonprofit professionals through in-person programs and online webinars. We hosted 97 programs on the topics of nonprofit management, governance, fundraising, marketing, volunteer management and operations.

Long-Term Success Ultimately Nonprofit Connect educational programs increase the professional capacity of local nonprofit staff to better achieve their organization's mission.
Program Success Monitored By We ask all program attendees to complete a short survey evaluation of each program within 24 hours of the program's completion. This feedback on the topics, speakers, and structure enables us to review and change our programs as needed. We also administer a biennial survey of membership that asks about challenges and needs that organizations have. We take these results into account when planning our program calendar for each year. 
Examples of Program Success
In our 2016 membership survey, educational programs were one of the top 3 reasons members cited for joining Nonprofit Connect. Asked where they go for professional development, members and non-members ranked Nonprofit Connect first. People frequently tell us that Nonprofit Connect is the first place they were directed by a friend, co-worker or online to go when looking for information about nonprofits in Kansas City.

In 2018, 98% of program participants and 95% of webinar participants reported an increase in knowledge.
CEO Comments
Nonprofits are challenged by three main areas which impact all businesses, however some more view more impact on businesses within the nonprofit sectors. The three areas include:
  1. The change in the economy which further affected how nonprofits acquired revenue and resources. 
  2. The steady growth of technology has made an impact on how nonprofits market their organizations. The growing demand to have a quality website with compelling stories coupled with a demand for prompt communication and effective marketing. This area requires continual resources both financial and staffing to experience the rewards and establish growth.
  3. The generation shift is affecting nonprofits in a dramatic way. The next generation has a vastly different view toward giving, volunteering, joining and participation. Nonprofits, such as Nonprofit Connect, must evolve with the shift or greater challenges will occur. 
These 3 factors are impacting our organizations and our community and Nonprofit Connect will strive to lead the nonprofit sector with emerging trends, skilled talent and provide information to facilitate the shift. All a part of helping nonprofits network, learn and grow.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Luann Feehan
Term Start Apr 2012

Luann Feehan joined Nonprofit Connect as interim executive director in April 2012. Luann brings 20 years of association and chamber leadership and business-to-business networking facilitation experience to this position.  

Over the previous 10 years, Luann served the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in top administration and membership development positions. She started as Director of Member Development and more recently as Director of Strategic Initiatives, with promotions in 2009 to Vice President of Member Development and then to Chief Revenue Officer. Her leadership responsibilities included directing The Chamber Champions ambassador group, conducting monthly networking programs, facilitating CEO roundtables, executing an annual manufacturing summit and organization meetings for the Leadership Circle membership. During her tenure with the Chamber, Luann increased membership revenue by 45%, which led to two national awards from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives in the past two years.
Previously, Luann was Chief Operating Officer and Interim Executive Director for the Missouri Restaurant Association. Having started her own small business in 1989, Luann is familiar with the challenges and rewards of operating on a small scale to achieve big results. Her real-life experiences have given her a high level of expertise on issues such as business development, integrity selling, meaningful customer service, strategic and long-range planning, and the need to build strong, loyal teams. 
She was most recently recognized as one of Kansas City’s Most Influential women.
Luann does her best to live the philosophy: “You get what you want by helping others to get what they want." 
Former CEOs
Ms. Michelle DavisMar 2004 - Mar 2012
Ms. Beverly StewartDec 2003 - Sept 2004
Senior Staff
Title Director of Membership
Title Director of Programming
Title Director of Marketing
Title Director of eLearning
Paid Full-Time Staff 8
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 7
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Community partners include UMKC Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, AFP Mid-America Chapter, Support Kansas City, KCPT, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the United Way of Greater Kansas City.
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City1975
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Valerie Nicholson-Watson
Company Affiliation Harvesters-The Community Food Network
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Ms. Laura BergerWilliam Jewell College
Ms. Lynne BrowniBossWell, Inc.
Mr. Clifton CampbellCommunity Action Agency of Greater Kansas City
Ms. Rita CortesMenorah Heritage Foundation
Mr. Drew ElliottKCPT, Kansas City PBS
Mr. Lewis GregoryU.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Ms. Jennifer IngrahamKansas City Repertory Theatre
Mr. Jake JacobsonChildren's Mercy
Ms. Sheri JohnsonMorningstar Communications
Ms. Amy KligmanCharlotte Street Foundation
Mr. Martin KrausUnbound
Ms. Tondee LuttermanBKD
Ms. Valerie Nicholson-WatsonHarvesters
Ms. Cassie PikarskyTruman Library Institute
Mr. Jami ShipmanLathrop & Gage
Ms. Leslie SimsRSM US LLP
Ms. Precious Stargell CushmanCommunity LINC
Ms. Macaela StephensonBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,149,953
Projected Expenses $1,141,960
Endowment Value $130,218
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$38,545$20,229$22,348
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$104,366$103,735$0
Revenue In-Kind$5,011--$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$564,692$564,354$532,623
Administration Expense$149,995$147,930$130,252
Fundraising Expense$24,057$24,829$24,138
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.171.101.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%77%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,149,905$963,686$910,175
Current Assets$242,716$137,657$235,726
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$92,022
Current Liabilities$161,179$165,689$119,983
Total Net Assets$988,726$797,997$698,170
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.510.831.96
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%10%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $20,000Anonymous $107,500
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $15,375Anonymous $20,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $10,000Anonymous $15,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
As the Kansas City nonprofit sector continues to grow we have an opportunity to grow our membership base, as well as demonstrate our revamped membership benefits to those organizations who have let their membership lapse or have never been members. Our current challenge is getting the word out to the nonprofit sector of our membership benefits that enable all levels and types of professionals - from entry level assistants, to Executive Directors, to for-profit business professionals -  to do their jobs better. Our budget depends on both retaining current members and attracting new members, and we are focusing our efforts on making sure we are providing membership benefits that are valuable to all levels of employee and types of organization.
Other Documents
Organization Name Nonprofit Connect: Network. Learn. Grow.
Address 125 East 31st Street
Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 888-5600
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Luann Feehan
Board Chair Mrs. Valerie Nicholson-Watson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Harvesters-The Community Food Network
Year of Incorporation 1974
Former Names
Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy
Council on Philanthropy