Dear Board Members & Members,
It is astounding how far we have moved. In January 2106 the idea of this organization was just a concept.
The starting board members were Sue Ann Spencer, Mary Ann Khoury and Stephanie Flaming. With much encouragement Mary Ann had me write a “case” for why this organization such organize. This was a great process to help focus what this organization should be about. By July of 2016 the Kansas Nonprofit Centre was a recognized organization with a 501(c)3 status with the IRS. Many in-kind contributions were offered and accepted.
Start-up: In-kind donations:
- $8,000. Website development – Sue Ann Spence
- $1,200. Zoom Technology – Tabor College
- $1,000. Bylaw, Articles & Conflict of Interest – Hinkle Law firm
- $ 800. 4-Color, tri-fold brochure, Letterhead & Envelops – Valley Offset Printing
- $ 600. Phone usage – Stephanie Flaming
- $ 500. Accounting Services – Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Lloyd
- $ 300. GrantStation program – GrantStation
In October of 2016 the first phase of the Board of Directors was seated. Many decisions were made to make sure that the infrastructure was well established and we would present a professional state association to the State of Kansas.
At the end of the year (December 2016) we sent out our first Introduction to the Kansas Nonprofit Centre letter to 500 organizations across Kansas. We received our first 2 members within 2 weeks of the letter being sent. We also sent an e-blast letter out to 600 organizations.
Membership increasing throughout the 2017 year. One of the great formats was through the development of “Community Champion Meetings”. These meetings were designed to invite organizations in a community for a lunch (that we provided) to hear about the Kansas Nonprofit Centre. This one hour to meeting allow us the opportunity to meet, up to, 20 organizations and present the Kansas Nonprofit Centre to them and the benefits. We also acquired great information about issues/ topics that they would like us to present or issues that they are dealing with today or coming. The Kansas Nonprofit Centre also developed a yearlong Institute of Education courses. This was a great tool to present to organizations.
2017 was a very good year to partner with great organization across the US. This continues today and in the future. These partnerships will be very important to the acquiring current and relevant information that we can present to nonprofit across Kansas.
The future of Kansas Nonprofit Centre is very bright. All participants of education courses have told us that this is expert instruction is something that they would not be able to acquire except through the Zoom technology. Many of the non-members that attend an education class become members. The future of the Kansas Nonprofit Centre is very bright and moving forward.
Kansas Nonprofit Centre