Kansas City’s Nonprofit Search Turns 10
Kansas City’s Nonprofit Search made its debut on the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s website on October 20, 2003. As we celebrate 10 years, we thought we’d look back at the history of the tool, previously known as DonorEdge.
Countless hours of work went into creating DonorEdge. The Community Foundation solicited input from donors, nonprofits and community leaders; researched community needs; and reviewed the characteristics that drive high-performing nonprofits. The team incorporated the findings into a robust, user-friendly search tool, and DonorEdge was born.
For the first time, donors had access to a wealth of knowledge about local nonprofits, including detailed financial, operational and programmatic measurements—in one place. Information collection was (and still is) overseen by trained Community Foundation professionals and is updated at least once a year.
Eventually, other community foundations started to take notice of DonorEdge. We worked with them to adopt the technology for their own communities. Today, more than a dozen community foundations across the country manage their own nonprofit databases, offering their donors detailed information about charities in their regions.
As any good online resource should, Kansas City’s Nonprofit Search has evolved to meet the changing needs of its users, but it remains a powerful resource to inform, empower and enrich charitable giving in Kansas City.
We’re proud to be the original innovators behind what is now a national effort to make us all more effective charitable givers, but we know we couldn’t have done it without the support of our local nonprofit community. We applaud and thank the more than 600 organizations that have joined us on this journey!
In honor of the 10th anniversary of Kansas City’s Nonprofit Search, we invite you to take few moments to peruse the database and peek at a favorite nonprofit, or perhaps discover a new charity. If it’s been nearly a decade since you last visited, you might be surprised at what you’ll find.
Authored by: Gwen Wurst, Nonprofit Specialist