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Jacob Harold comes to Kansas City to speak to nonprofit leaders on April 14

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Nonprofit Connect has launched its 501(c) Success National Speaker Series, which brings prominent thought leaders to Kansas City to discuss latest nonprofit sector research and trends.

Over the course of the year, four nationally recognized experts will address cutting-edge issues, explore best practices and provide critical insights for increased positive social impact.

Inaugural speaker Jacob Harold is president & CEO of GuideStar, the nation’s expert in collecting and disseminating nonprofit information . Their mission is to “revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.” Each year more than 10 million unique visitors seek answers from GuideStar’s 1.3 billion pieces of data.

  • Harold will speak from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14 at the Pierson Auditorium on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus. Admission is $25 for Nonprofit Connect members and $50 for non-members.

Prior to his role at GuideStar, Harold led grant making for the Philanthropy Program at the Hewlett Foundation. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants which, together, aimed to build a 21st century infrastructure for smart giving.

Harold has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic strategy. His essays have been used as course material at Stanford, Duke, Wharton, Harvard and Oxford.