When you’re working at a nonprofit, funding sources can come to you from all directions. On one end of the spectrum you have individual donors, but on the other end, there are the foundations that can make a big difference in your fundraising goals. But how do you get to the foundations and how do you get them to consider funding your nonprofit? To answer these and many more questions, we’ve asked Sam Bennett to give us some insight. Sam holds a Master’s degree in Library Science and Public Administration. He made a career switch from libraries to philanthropy in 1999, when he became a program officer for a dozen charitable foundations administered by Commerce Bank of Kansas City. In this position, he worked with nonprofits of all types and sizes throughout Kansas and Missouri. Since his retirement, he has served on nonprofit boards for environmental and arts organizations. Soon he will begin a temporary position as Interim Executive Director of the Heartland Conservation Alliance. Sam and his wife live in a 112-year-old house in a historic Kansas City neighborhood, which is where we find him today.
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