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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 Success Story: KC Kosher Meals on Wheels Secures Sunderland Foundation Grant

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Congratulations to the Gan Chabad Torah Learning Center (TLC) on its recently awarded $250,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation, which will help them reach their $1.2 million capital campaign goal. With the help of Byrne Pelofsky’s consulting team, TLC is raising funds to support the expansion of their KC Kosher Meals on Wheels facility to support their rapidly growing meal…

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More than just Fundraising Consultants: How Three Decades as an Executive Director Prepared me for the World of Fundraising

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By Eric Tschanz, Senior Consultant Yes, we have experience with raising funds for projects, but the three Senior Consultants at Byrne Pelofsky also bring over 75 years of upper-level management experience as Executive Directors to the table.  This gives us a different perspective on fundraising situations as well as overall institutional management.  We have been there as staff, have had…

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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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Take Fundraising in Your Membership Organization to the Next Level

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“We do not engage in fundraising. We’re a membership-based organization.” This is the response we have received when engaging with associations and other nonprofits that operate on a membership model. While we understand developing a giving program sounds like a lot of work, you do not need a sophisticated development department to make giving a part of your organizational culture….

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Partner Spotlight: The Willow Domestic Violence Shelter

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Byrne Pelofsky is excited to announce that our client, The Willow, opened its doors to a second domestic violence shelter location last week after successfully completing a $750,000 capital campaign. The Willow is a shelter, support, and referral organization for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking serving Douglas, Jefferson, and Franklin counties in Kansas. Byrne Pelofsky and The Willow…

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More than just Fundraising Consultants: How Three Decades as an Executive Director Prepared me for the World of Fundraising

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Yes, we have experience with raising funds for projects, but the three Senior Consultants at Byrne Pelofsky also bring over 75 years of upper-level management experience as Executive Directors to the table.  This gives us a different perspective on fundraising situations as well as overall institutional management.  We have been there as staff, have had to work with and understand…

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Grant Writing 101: Professor Morning Glory Explains it All

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By Karen West, Senior Grant Writer  While there are many requirements that must be addressed for each proposal, there are also some general issues that are common to all types of grants. The Professor’s top three tips can guide you to success. Tip Number One: Be a good storyteller Funders want to see proposals that are innovative, creative and demonstrates…

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