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Lisa Pelofsky Named Honoree for Women Who Mean Business Class of 2021

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We are delighted to announce that Lisa Pelofsky, our Co-Founder and CEO, has been named an honoree in the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” class of 2021. The Women Who Mean Business award honors outstanding professional women who have made significant contributions to their business or industry, as well as their community. This award goes to women…

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Top 5 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Giving USA 2021

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By Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder + CEO  Giving USA is the most trusted annual report on the sources and uses of philanthropy in the United States, but it’s also a valuable resource in helping us improve philanthropy.  Nonprofit organizations can use Giving USA 2021 data to help identify trends as well as opportunities to strengthen their fundraising in the coming years. Case in point, Giving USA…

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Giving USA 2021: Americans gave a record $471.44 billion to charity in 2020 during an uncertain and challenging year

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Total estimated charitable giving in the United States rose 5.1 percent between 2019 and 2020 despite the many challenges of 2020 Editor’s Note: Please join Byrne Pelofsky + Associates, LLC, Bank of America and Nonprofit Connect for 16 Years of presenting Giving USA to Kansas City. This special presentation of Giving USA 2021: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the…

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Congressional Earmarks are Back: What it means for nonprofits

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After being terminated nearly a decade ago, the practice of funding home-state projects is back. Members of Congress are once again accepting earmarks for spending bills for the next fiscal year allowing lawmakers to direct funds towards specific projects in their home states or districts. The practice was reinstated because lawmakers argue that the absence of these earmarks has weakened…

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Client Partner Spotlight: After the Harvest Celebrates Earth Day

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After the Harvest’s (ATH) mission is to fight hunger, improve nutrition, and reduce food waste by rescuing fresh produce and distributing it to organizations that feed hungry people. Each week, ATH delivers fresh produce to more than 360 agencies that serve over 35,000 hungry people in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The organization has saved nearly 25 million pounds of…

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Virtual and Hybrid Fundraising Events: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going

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Back in April 2020, amidst the stay-at-home orders and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, our special events guru shared her expertise on how to make the most out of our strange situation in the age of social distancing. One year later and she’s back to update us on the tried-and-true tips for hosting a virtual or hybrid event….

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Byrne Pelofsky Helps Vaccinate the Masses

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Throughout April, Byrne Pelofsky has been working with Swope Health to support mass vaccination (mass-vax) event efforts. In partnership with Community Builders of Kansas City, Swope Health has facilitated three events and administered an estimated 4,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The mass-vax drive-through events took place at the Kansas City Zoo, Friendship Baptist Church, and Concord Fortress of Hope…

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Client Success Story: KC Mayor Appoints Swope Health CEO, Jeron Ravin, to COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force

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Jeron Ravin, JD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swope Health, has been appointed by Mayor Quinton Lucas to serve on Kansas City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. Ravin joins an esteemed group of leaders on the task force whose roles range from healthcare and public health to operational and organizational logistics. Mayor Lucas assembled the task force to ensure equitable…

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The American Rescue Plan – How does the Biden Stimulus Package Help Nonprofits?

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Both the stimulus plan enacted in December 2020 and the Biden Administration’s proposed plan contain measures aimed at relieving stress on nonprofits that are providing critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s in the December 2020 Stimulus Package? The main highlights from the December stimulus package include the extension of the temporary charitable deduction available to people who don’t itemize…

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What Fundraisers Can Learn From Political Campaigns

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By Lisa Pelofsky Co-Founder + CEO I began my professional fundraising career on Capitol Hill in 1986 working on a Senatorial political campaign. My candidate was challenging an incumbent, and although we lost the race, we broke the Senate fundraising record at the time. I went on to serve in various fundraising positions on Congressional and Senatorial political campaigns across…

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