BENEFITING: MAINSTREAM INC
The Problem: State revenue shortfalls of more than $350 million are expected during the next two years in Kansas. (Associated Press, 11/6/2015) As a result of the forecast shortfalls, funding has been reduced for many nonprofit organizations that provide services to Kansans including children, persons with addictions, elderly, developmentally and physically disabled, victims of violence, and home-bound.
The Response: The Nonprofit Sector Advocacy Project (NSAP) is an effort on the part of a collaboration of seven statewide Kansas associations to assist Kansas nonprofit organizations in seeking funds and recruiting volunteers. Nonprofit organizations throughout Kansas are provided free trainings by NSAP on topics related to marketing and advocacy as a means to help increase their services delivery capacity.
How You Can Help: $46,000 is needed from individuals, corporations, and foundations to help with the 2016 NSAP marketing and advocacy project. The funds will be used for training and technical assistance to be provided at no cost to nonprofit organizations to help them in marketing themselves, securing funding, recruiting volunteers, and educating the public, the media, and elected officials about the needs of Kansans and how the nonprofit sector provides for those needs. Last year over 100 nonprofit organizations participated in the free training and technical assistance provided by NSAP to become more effective at marketing and advocacy.
Seven statewide associations and numerous local coalitions of nonprofit organizations form the collaboration. Mainstream, Inc. d/b/a Kansas Non Profit Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the lead agency and can accept tax deductible contributions for the ongoing Nonprofit Sector Advocacy Project. A contribution of any size will help.
More than 350 nonprofit organizations represented by the NSAP collaboration provide services to approximately 200,000 Kansans annually, and operate in all 105 Kansas counties.
To learn more about the collaboration of statewide associations, you can access their websites:
- Children's Alliance of Topeka - www.childally.org
- Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals - www.ksaap.org
- Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities - (website under construction)
- Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living - www.kacil.org
- Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence - www.kcsdv.org
- Meals on Wheels Kansas - www.mowks.org
- Kansas Non Profit Association - www.mainstreaminc.net
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