One Person Can Make a Difference

By Jamie Kapke, Owner of Kapke & Company

This Tuesday is Election Day. Do you have plans to vote or are you like thousands of Americans that think his or her vote doesn’t count? Consider this fun fact. In 1800, Thomas Jefferson won the Presidential election by one vote. Can you imagine if John C. Someone didn’t show up to vote? We might have Arron Burr on the nickel. So, in reality, you never know when you will make a difference and have a huge impact.

I thought about this when I read a recent Forbes article. It was reported that in 2013 federal funding for nonprofits were cut by 62 billion dollars. That is billion with a “b”. This is alarming because many of Kansas City’s nonprofits rely upon this funding to help with every day expenses and assisting those in our community.  Nonprofits need people to step up and assist them where federal funding and other support is lacking. One person can make all the difference.

Made FlyerOne way for a person to help a nonprofit is with third party fundraising. If you are unfamiliar with third party fundraising, it is simply an activity or event where the chosen nonprofit has no fiduciary responsibility and little or no staff involvement.  Julie and Jake Bond, owners of Archival Designs, a pottery studio in the Crossroads, are a great example of this trend. The Bonds developed an idea for an artist-driven, art market during the holiday season. The Bonds’ idea is MADE-A Kansas City Artist Market, which will take place on Friday, December 12th from 5:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 2016 Main Event Space. Thirty local artists will set up an open boutique shopping experience to sell paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Guests can enjoy a cash bar and music while they shop.

The Bonds decided to partner with Children’s TLC and give back to the community that has supported their family-run business for 13 years. MADE-A KC Artist Market will provide proceeds from an art raffle to Children’s TLC. There is also gift wrapping and a children’s ornament project the proceeds of which will go to Children’s TLC. The Bonds and their company Archival Design are an example of the power of one. Each of us has a talent, gift or profession and third party fundraising allows each of us to not only to use our talent and gifts to make a living but also to ask, how I can make a difference.

Whether in politics or nonprofits, one person really can make a difference.

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