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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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What Was Giving Up To in 2018?

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Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder + CEO Check out the latest snapshot of donor behavior The Quarterly Fundraising Report from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and Growth in Giving Initiative reveals some positive trends and opportunities in charitable giving.  But what are the facts behind this giving?  And how should nonprofits adjust their fundraising strategies accordingly? There are positive indicators, but we cannot…

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Merger Announcement

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Jeffrey Byrne + Associates, Inc. and Pelofsky & Associates, Inc. have merged to create Byrne Pelofsky + Associates, LLC We are thrilled to announce Jeffrey Byrne + Associates, Inc. and Pelofsky & Associates, Inc. have merged to form Byrne Pelofsky + Associates, LLC (Byrne Pelofsky). Individuals, families, corporations, foundations and the government are now, more than ever, evaluating and taking…

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Successful Searches Accomplished in 2018

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Having engaged in searches to fill strategic positions for our clients, Jeffrey Byrne + Associates is pleased to announce the placement of the following fundraising professionals: Stephanie Sullens has been hired to serve as the Chief Advancement Officer for the Kansas City-based Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation Alexa Sorensen has been hired to serve as Director of Development at the Covenant…

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A Special Christmas Gift

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John Marshall Senior Vice President As our family looks forward to another holiday gathering, I can’t help but reflect on the numerous Christmas experiences we have shared over the past 50 years, starting with my wife Gwen and I as newlyweds all the way to, well, now. Christmas is such a special time for us as family members travel great…

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Last Minute Tax Considerations to Save Donors Money in April!

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Editor’s Note: JB+A  is pleased to feature our friend and colleague William McMorran, Senior Partner and Planned Giving Consultant with Green Oak Consulting Group, which provides tailored planned giving solutions for nonprofit organizations, individuals and retirement communities.  Bill believes donors, and the charities that they believe in, deserve a committed and trusted partner to create and support meaningful planned gifts. For more…

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Mindful Fundraising in Membership Organizations

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

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#GivingTuesday – A Kickoff to the Giving Season

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#GivingTuesday 2018! Did you see the billboards announcing its arrival around the Kansas City metro area? These billboards were made possible by the generosity of Lamar Advertising, the largest provider of outdoor advertising in Kansas City. Each year since 2013, Lamar has partnered with JB+A to raise awareness of #GivingTuesday by providing pro bono digital billboards around our community. “Lamar is happy…

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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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