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Heather Ehlert

Congratulations Byrne Pelofsky Client Partner Developing Potential, Inc.

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Congratulations to Developing Potential, Inc. (DPI) on its recently awarded $650,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, which will help them reach their $3.25 million campaign goal. The campaign will help DPI build a community-oriented, universally-designed facility that will allow individuals more choice in receiving services close to home and increase DPI’s overall service capacity. “Developing Potential…

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Congratulations Byrne Pelofsky Client Partner Sherwood Autism Center

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Congratulations to Sherwood Autism Center on its recently awarded $500,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, which will help them reach their $3.5 million campaign goal. The campaign will help Sherwood increase its space and services for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. “We couldn’t have done it without the leadership and support that we have…

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A Simple Standard for Ethics in Philanthropy

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Heather Ehlert Chief Operating Officer As if March Madness and the NCAA recruiting investigations weren’t enough of a distraction, the recent “varsity blues” scandal has people talking about ethics in giving (rightfully so).  Some folks are intensifying their criticism of large-scale gifts to colleges and universities (“the best and most-endowed institutions just get wealthier…”).  Others are introducing legislation (eliminating the…

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WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration 2019

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The Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC), was established in 1994 to empower the lives of girls and women through advocating and promoting the lifetime value of sports and fitness, while providing opportunities for participation and leadership development. WIN is a program under the umbrella of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation. WIN for KC believes…

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The Campaign Planning Study:  Putting More Action into your Study

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Heather Ehlert Chief Operating Officer Whether you call it a “Feasibility Study,” “Campaign Planning Study,” “Campaign Readiness Assessment” or “Oh-My-Gosh-We’re-Actually-Thinking-About-a-CAMPAIGN!” a planning study is critical to laying a solid foundation for a large-scale fundraising effort.  Not only does it help prepare your organization internally, but a (good) planning study also externally tests your project plans and campaign concept. But couldn’t/shouldn’t…

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Giving USA 2018: What Did Americans Give to Charity in 2017?

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Powered by a booming stock market and a strong economy, charitable giving by American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations to U.S. charities surged to an estimated $410.02 billion in 2017, according to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017. Giving exceeded $400 billion in a single year for the first time, increasing 5.2 percent (3.0…

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#GivingTuesday: November 27, 2018

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Heather Ehlert Chief Operating Officer Social media + celebration = global giving = #GivingTuesday. In 2017, #GivingTuesday raised more than $300 million online through 2.5 million gifts in more than 150 countries around the world.  And for the seventh year in a row, Lamar Advertising is collaborating with JB+A to support this global day of giving, by generously providing pro bono…

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Economic Trends, Philanthropy and Civil Society: Dr. Patrick Rooney and Giving USA 2018 in Kansas City

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Dr. Patrick Rooney Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy On June 15, JB+A welcomed Dr. Patrick Rooney, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, back to Kansas City for…

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Introducing JB+A’s Newest Team Member

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“It is a pleasure to welcome Jennifer Studebaker to the JB+A team. Jennifer brings valuable nonprofit and interpersonal communications experience and understands client needs. From day one, the JB+A team and our clients have felt the positive impact of her enthusiasm and commitment to client success.” – Jeffrey Byrne, President + CEO Jennifer Studebaker, Coordinator of Administration + Consulting Jennifer joined…

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