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JB+A Client Success: Congratulations PKD Foundation: JYNARQUE™ Approved as First Treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease

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JB+A is excited to share good news involving its client partner, PKD Foundation. PKD, a chronic, genetic disease, is characterized by uncontrolled growth of cysts in the kidneys and other organs and can lead to kidney failure. Previously, there had been no treatment specifically for PKD in the U.S., with the only option for survival a transplant or dialysis. Today, there is new hope.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval of JYNARQUE™ (tolvaptan) to be the first treatment in the U.S for adult patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), the most common form of polycystic kidney disease (PKD). The PKD Foundation not only supported early studies that led to the development of JYNARQUE™ as a treatment, but also helped guide PKD patients to the JYNARQUE™ clinical trials.

Although not a cure, patients who are prescribed JYNARQUE™ for PKD will see a slower decline in their kidney function, leading to improved health and well-being. “Today is an historic day in providing hope to patients with polycystic kidney disease, and we are thrilled to be a part of this first milestone to treat patients with ADPKD,” said Andy Betts, CEO of the PKD Foundation. “For the past 35 years, our goal has been to support PKD patients from care to cure. It is gratifying to play a part in the discovery of this treatment and to see it come to fruition.”

Betts also recognizes all of the patients who graciously took the time and resources to participate in the clinical trials to bring JYNARQUE™ to the PKD community: “This treatment would not exist without these patients,” says Betts. “We hope that this is just the beginning of new treatments on the horizon for patients suffering from PKD. We will continue to stand beside PKD patients until there is a cure, supporting them with access to future studies, to new treatments, and to ensure the affordability of care.”

JB+A is proud of PKD Foundation for this milestone achievement, and for the unwavering care and support it provides to those living with PKD.

About PKD Foundation:
PKD Foundation has been dedicated since its founding in 1982 to supporting and improving the lives of patients affected by polycystic kidney disease. These efforts are accomplished through promoting research to find treatments and a cure, as well as providing education, advocacy and awareness on a national level. The Foundation provides direct services to local communities nationwide and is the largest private funder of PKD research.

PKD Foundation is the only organization in the United States solely dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for PKD. Our mission: We give hope. We fund research, advocate for patients and build a community for all affected by polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

To learn more about PKD Foundation, visit here.

To learn more about JYNARQUE™, visit here.

JB+A Client Partner Mattie Rhodes Center Awarded Missouri Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits

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Mattie Rhodes Center (MRC) enriches the lives of individuals, families and communities in a respectful, multi-cultural environment. Since its inception more than 120 years ago, MRC’s call to community service has been to champion the needs of others. Today, its community service calls for them to campaign for the continued evolution of cultural arts as a tool for education and unification.

MRC identified the need to expand service space and decrease costs within the cultural arts area of the agency, which is based out of the Westside neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. It acquired land to build a new Cultural Center and JB+A helped it begin its EXPLORE. LEARN. CREATE. BELONG. Campaign to raise funds for constructing the new Center. Part of its fundraising plan included applying for tax credits from the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP).  This program provides assistance to community-based organizations that enables them to implement community or neighborhood projects in the areas of community service, education, crime prevention, job training and physical revitalization. The Department of Economic Development will issue 50% or 70% tax credits to an eligible taxpayer who makes a qualified contribution to an approved NAP project.  MRC was notified by the Missouri DED in late August it was awarded $200,000 in NAP tax credits to utilize in raising funds for its new Cultural Center.  The $200,000 in 50% tax credits can generate $400,000 in contributions to the MRC campaign for its new Cultural Center. Congratulations Mattie Rhodes Center!

The new Mattie Rhodes Cultural Center will be a safe and welcoming environment that will supplement its other facilities. The building will be anchored by four pillars: 1) educational programs, 2) gallery/exhibit space, 3) cultural exchange and 4) event/gathering space. The new Center will be an energy-efficient building that is artistically and culturally appropriate and inviting for the neighborhood. The facility will be constructed to accommodate flexible, multi-functional exhibition and classroom space. Off-street and handicap-accessible parking will be provided. The new Cultural Center will provide a permanent home for Kansas City’s only collection of international folk art – the Hand-In-Hand Folk Art Collection, gallery space, open classrooms, community event space, gift and retail space.

Learn more about MRC and its new Cultural Center here.

To learn more about the Missouri DED NAP tax credits and eligibility criteria for donors, visit here.



Safehouse Crisis Center Celebrates New Center

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Jeffrey Byrne + Associates proudly partnered with Safehouse Crisis Center for a successful $1.2 million campaign to build a new center in Pittsburg, Kansas.

From left to right: Ron Scripsick, Jeannette Minnis, Susie Boldrini, Rebecca Brubaker and John Marshall.

On June 29, Safehouse Crisis Center celebrated the opening of its new center in Pittsburg, Kansas, and recognized the army of volunteers and donors of the “Building New Opportunities” campaign who were responsible for raising $1,200,000 for the new building.

Safehouse, started in 1979, serves seven counties in southeast Kansas, offering safety and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Clients can stay for a maximum of 90 days with the opportunity to benefit from transitional housing as needed.

The new shelter is nearly double the size of the previous shelter, providing much needed relief. It offers larger bedrooms and bathrooms, comfortable community rooms and modern kitchens for clients to utilize in preparing their own meals. The shelter will also offer services to men who are victims of domestic violence.

The “Building New Opportunities” campaign was launched following the conclusion of a Feasibility Study conducted by Jeffrey Byrne + Associates. “After learning from our consultant that conducting a campaign was indeed feasible, we knew right away that we needed to recruit dynamic leadership,” states Safehouse Executive Director Rebecca Brubaker. “We approached two long-time friends and prominent leaders within Pittsburg:  Susie Boldrini and Jeannette Minnis, and they were quick to sign on as campaign co-chairs. What soon transpired was way, way beyond our expectations.”

JB+A  campaign consultant John Marshall recalls “Rebecca and I sat down with Susie and Jeannette to discuss the campaign during which I suggested that it could take up to a year to raise the funds needed. Susie looked at Jeannette and then back at me and said, ‘We can get this done a lot quicker than that!’ ‘Hmmmnnn’ I remember thinking. However, after that, it became clear to me that they were truly a dynamic-duo.”

Once the campaign committee had been formed, they put forth an incredible effort, and reached their goal IN ONE MONTH! It was nothing short of spectacular and as John Marshall stated, “It was unlike any campaign I had ever been involved in before – simply amazing.”

At the victory celebration, co-chair Susie Boldrini graciously thanked everyone for their efforts and generosity. She closed with, “Once again, the Pittsburg community responded beautifully in supporting this tremendously important need. Raising $1.2 million in such a short period of time was a real testament to the compassion that exists within our caring community.”

JB+A was privileged to partner with the staff and volunteers at Safehouse in an effort which will have a profound and lasting impact on those who receive its crucial services.

JB+A Client Partner Newhouse Meets Two Challenge Grants

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Newhouse logoNewhouse Domestic Violence Shelter met the terms of both the Hall Family Foundation and J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation Challenge Grants in January 2016 – ahead of schedule. The challenge grants were part of the shelter’s New Beginnings Campaign to provide funding for much-needed renovations including a security gate, fencing, parking lot, kitchen remodel and new HVAC system. Construction is expected to begin in June.  The improvements will allow Newhouse to increase its capacity and offer a higher level of safety to its residents.

Newhouse needed to raise $1,105,235 toward its New Beginnings Campaign to meet the terms for the Mabee Challenge Grant.  The grant award for $200,000 will be sent when construction begins early this summer.

During the same time period, the New Beginnings Campaign exceeded another milestone by meeting the Hall Family Foundation challenge to raise $1,445,000.  The grant award for $400,000 has already been received.

The New Beginnings Campaign, which began in October of 2014, has raised just over $2,400,000 of its $2,700,000 goal.

Newhouse is the oldest shelter in the Kansas City metro area, having served the community for more than 44 years.  Located in the city’s Urban core, Newhouse welcomes as many as 1,000 women and children each year who are seeking safe shelter in their 88-bed facility.  Newhouse gives everyone who crosses their threshold the tools necessary to break the cycle of domestic violence.  Its caring and dedicated staff provide for victims’ basic needs, trough therapy and programming that allows the women to achieve the best possible self-sufficiency.  For more information about Newhouse and its programs, click here.

JB+A Client Partner Ag Expo Breaks Ground on Interchange

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Agri Business Expo Center logo_4colorThe Agri-Business Expo Center in St. Joseph, Missouri, celebrated another big step toward its development of a 145-acre, multi-purpose campus focusing on agriculture, education and commerce.  On May 6 friends, supporters and dignitaries gathered for the groundbreaking of the Missouri Highway 36 Interchange near the future site of the Ag Expo campus.  The ceremony included a keynote address from Missouri Director of Agriculture, Richard Fordyce.

The interchange will literally pave the way for the rest of the development. As part of the infrastructure work for the project – such as grading, water management and other utilities – the interchange will enable development of the commercial side of the project, with construction on the exposition center to begin soon after that.

The Ag Expo business model will create opportunities for agricultural exhibitions, vocational training, workforce development, research, education and private industry such as hotels, restaurants and retail.  The campus will be a destination site, housing a collection of indoor and outdoor venues.  This $72,000,000 project is one of the largest endeavors Northwest Missouri has ever seen to advance the economy and quality of life for individuals, families and businesses.

The Ag Expo also recently received more than $1,900,000 in tax credits for contributions from the Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB). This program allows area corporations, funders and individuals to use the tax credits to support the development of the campus. For more information about the Ag Expo, click here.

JB+A Client Successes

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Wonderscope logoWonderscope Children’s Museum Welcomes New Leader

JB+A is pleased to announce, that after a search conducted by our firm, Ms. Roxane Hill has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Wonderscope Children’s Museum.

Ms. Hill brings a wealth of experience and expertise from her most recent position as the Vice President of Development and Communications for The Children’s Place in Kansas City, Missouri, where she increased the contribution budget by more than 500%. Prior to her seven years at The Children’s Place, Ms. Hill served as Director of Fund Development for Community Housing of Wyandotte County, Inc.

Wonderscope is embarking upon ambitious plans to expand its reach and enhance its programs for the youth and families it serves. Ms. Hill is a wonderful addition to the organization’s leadership as it takes these exciting next steps in its future.

To learn more about Wonderscope, click here.



JB+A Client Successes – JB+A Client Partner Agri-Business Expo Center Receives $1.9 Million in Missouri MDFB Tax Credits

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The Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB) has recently approved more than $1,900,000 in tax credits for the Agri-Business Expo Center (Ag Expo) in St. Joseph, Missouri. This tax credit for contribution program allows area corporations, funders and individuals to use tax credits to support the development of the 145-acre, multi-purpose Ag Expo campus.

The Ag Expo campus will be focused on agriculture and education and bolstered by commercial development.  Located just east of St. Joseph, Missouri, on Highway 36, the Ag Expo will be a destination site that will serve a wide range of businesses and organizations associated with agriculture, life science, education and commercial activities. The campus will house a collection of indoor and outdoor venues to be utilized in a multitude of ways, including conventions, educational programming, rodeos, workforce training, hotels, office space and retail. This $72,000,000 project is one of the largest endeavors to advance the economy and quality of life for individuals, families and businesses Northwest Missouri has ever seen.

The tax credits for contributions program allows anyone with State of Missouri tax liability to make a contribution to the Ag Expo, and receive a tax credit in an amount equal to 50% of the amount of the contribution. These tax credits may also be sold and/or carried over for up to five years. The program is a wonderful way to reduce both State of Missouri and Federal tax liabilities and maximize tax deductions, while supporting a great cause.

To learn more about Ag Expo, click here.


JB+A Client Partner Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. Surpasses Campaign Goal

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In an incredibly brief period of time, Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. of Pittsburg, Kansas, successfully surpassed its “Building New Opportunities” Campaign goal of $1,200,000 to raise funds to acquire a larger facility and increase its capacity to meet the needs of domestic violence victims in Southeast Kansas.Recognizing the clear “call to action”, the organization partnered with JB+A in conducting a Feasibility Study during the summer. The Safehouse Board of Directors then approved a four-month Campaign to begin immediately after Labor Day. The Campaign goal was surpassed within two months.

“Once again, the Pittsburg community responded beautifully in supporting this tremendously important need” said Susie Boldrini, Campaign Co-Chair. “Raising in excess of $1,200,000 in such a relatively brief period of time was a real testimony to the compassion that exists within our wonderfully caring community.” Fellow Co-Chair Jeannette Minnis further stated “We want to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered on this Campaign and for the kind generosity of so many friends and supporters of Safehouse.”

The Campaign for Safehouse responded to ever increasing need for services such as emergency shelter, transitional housing, transportation, childcare, counselling and legal representation. The new Safehouse shelter will be completely renovated with a target opening date in the late spring of 2016. The more modern facility will nearly double current capacity while at the same time expanding programs of support and counseling. The new facility will not only offer increased space, but its new and anonymous location will also greatly improve the safety and security of clients through the installation of a sophisticated security system.

“The new building will be more efficient to operate and maintain and very importantly, will be underpinned by the creation of a maintenance fund for those times when unforeseen emergencies arise” said the organization’s Executive Director, Rebecca Brubaker.

Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. was founded in February 1979, with families in the Pittsburg, Kansas, community housing victims in their own homes. In 1981, it opened its first shelter and administrative offices in Pittsburg and a second shelter was opened in Coffeyville in 1995 in response to increased demand for services throughout Southeast Kansas. For the past 36 years Safehouse has striven to meet the needs of vulnerable families through shelter and outreach services. Today, Safehouse serves seven counties in Southeast Kansas: Crawford, Bourbon, Linn, Cherokee, Labette, Montgomery and Wilson.

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I Spy…in the Sky…#GivingTuesday 2015

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Sandi Grimm
Director of Administration

Lamar Advertising Company is collaborating with JB+A again this year to support #GivingTuesday. Since the inception of #GivingTuesday in 2012, Lamar has generously provided pro bono digital billboards throughout the Greater Kansas City area to promote this global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. This year, Lamar is donating 12 boards over a two week period, for an estimated 3,156,782 viewing impressions.  Lamar has donated 43 billboards over the last four years to help promote #GivingTuesday.picture of GT board 1

Thank you, Lamar Advertising!

This year’s #GivingTuesday is less than two weeks away! (Dec. 1) Every year since its inception, the #GivingTuesday movement has had increasing success:

  • # 30,000+ partners in 68 countries including small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and major corporations
  • # an estimated 470% increase in online donations on the Tuesday since 2012
  • # 32.7 million twitter impressions
  • # 750,000+ hashtag mentions
  • # 15.4 billion global impressions in print and social media

JB+A encourages all nonprofits to participate in #GivingTuesday, to benefit from great fundraising success when incorporating #GivingTuesday into their year-end fundraising efforts. Make sure your nonprofit benefits from bigger, better and smarter charitable giving this holiday season: click here for tips and tools.

Momentum is building. Anyone, anywhere can get involved in #GivingTuesday. And no matter who you are — individual, family, nonprofit, business — JB+A wants YOU to join the movement: spread the word, support a cause, make a gift, share your story.

For more great ideas on how you can join the movement, click here.


JB+A Anniversary Event Explores Donor-Advised Funds

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We had a wonderful time on Tuesday, November 10, celebrating 15 years of nonprofit fundraising success with more than 120 guests and exploring the role of donor-advised funds (DAFs) in the powerful future of philanthropy. Joined by featured speakers Matt Nash, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Client Experience at Fidelity Charitable and Debbie Wilkerson, President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share our insight on the impact DAFs can have on our communities and those we serve.

In a series of presentations, Jeffrey, Matt and Debbie “unshrouded” some of the mystery surrounding DAFs by explaining the dynamics of donor and fund relations, the benefits to donors who use DAFs and the continued need for donor stewardship.

Jeffrey at the podium, with Debbie and Matt (not pictured) on the panel.

Jeffrey at the podium, with Debbie and Matt (not pictured) on the panel.

To review the most recent research on DAFs, Matt shared data provided by the National Philanthropic Trust’s most recent 2014 report:

  • There are an estimated 238,293 DAFs in the U.S. (an 8.8% increase over 2013)
  • DAFs outnumber foundations 3:1, and that number is continuing to increase every year
  • Total granting from DAFs was $12.5 billion, a 27% increase over 2013 (compared to total U.S. giving (according to Giving USA 2014 data) which increased 7.1% over 2013)

The panel then dug deeper to explore the stimulus behind DAFs and the rationale of fund donors to help us better understand this growing trend. To examine why donors are choosing this giving vehicle, Matt shared information supplied by Fidelity Charitable donors that revealed their motivations:

  • 76% select DAFs for growth of charitable assets
  • 69% select DAFs to better organize and keep a record of giving
  • 68% select DAFs to give them more time to decide where to give
  • 90% select DAFs to realize an immediate tax deduction for charitable giving
  • 76% select DAFs to donate appreciated assets (non-cash) such as publicly traded stock

Additionally, Matt further explained how investment growth in DAFs drives an increase in funds available for charitable grants, allowing donors to increase their giving capacity:

  • Since 1991, investment options at Fidelity Charitable have generated an additional $3.6 billion available for grant making
  • Over the last 10 years, dollars granted to charities have tripled
  • most contributions are granted out to charities within 10 years

Matt and Debbie both emphasized the strategic nature of donors who give to DAFs in seeking to maximize the benefits of giving—for both financial and charitable planning reasons. They were able to marry the significant statistics visible on both local and national levels by identifying commonalities of the donors and DAFs between their two entities—including comparable median giving account balance, average grant size and the prevalence of non-cash assets being donated to funds.

To give life to these numbers, Debbie shared several examples of local Kansas City area individuals and families who choose to give through charitable giving accounts (DAFs) at the Foundation. She explained how these vehicles enable donors to not only set aside funds specifically designated for long-term charitable giving, but can also be utilized as an educational tool in helping young family members learn about philanthropy and as a resource in exploring new opportunities for giving within the community.

Debbie shared videos profiling three Foundation donors, in which they shared their stories about how and why they utilize DAFs. Their testimonials emphasized how giving funds can be “…a great resource, not only for people who want to give back and might not know the most efficient or most effective way of doing it, but also for those organizations that might not have the right exposure, but the right mission….”

To wrap up the panel’s presentations, Jeffrey discussed how despite the changing landscape of philanthropic giving—as Debbie and Matt affirmed—the majority of DAF donors are not anonymous. He emphasized how critical it is for nonprofits to understand DAFs, remain aware of data and trends and learn how to make this giving vehicle part of their fundraising efforts.

For both donors and organizations to fully benefit from the powerful capacity of DAFs, Jeffrey stressed focusing efforts in three areas:

 1.  Creating a culture for investment.
The movement happening in local and federal government will affect what we do in daily practice. We need to carefully follow these happenings and advocate for policy that supports a culture of long-term giving.

2.  Providing donors with options.
By offering different mechanisms or vehicles for giving, we can encourage charitable giving and facilitate the process in a way that is comfortable for donors. We especially need to capitalize on new technologies that enable maximum giving potential such as the giving widget, which encourages giving on a nonprofit’s website through a donor-advised fund.

3.  Continuing to tell our stories.
As DAFs grow in popularity, we must remember that behind these giving vehicles, there are people. In fact, 92% of DAFs are not anonymous, so we must engage these stakeholders by sharing stories of all the good works nonprofits do.

JB+A would like to thank Matt Nash and Debbie Wilkerson for joining us and sharing their insight and experience with our guests.

All of us at JB+A feel privileged to have used this milestone to say thank you to the volunteers, the advocates, the philanthropists and the nonprofit professionals, who continue to give their time, energy and resources to strengthen our communities, and to celebrate what we have achieved together for the betterment of the Greater Kansas City community and communities across the U.S.

To learn more about donor-advised funds, click here