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UPDATES FROM KCONNECT

  1. KConnect is Hiring

    KConnect, a collective impact organization located in Grand Rapids, is hiring a part-time (20 hours per week) Executive Assistant. Hours are flexible between 8:00 a.m….

  2. Collective Impact vs. Collaboration: Do You Know the Differences?

    Collaboration is a common strategy to solve social problems, but collective impact—aligning diverse stakeholders around shared outcomes—may be less familiar. And the two are not one…

  3. Fall 2018 APC Coming on November 16

    The Fall 2018 Accountability Partners Council meeting will be Friday, November 16 at GRPS University from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Leaders from all across…

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IDEA-MART

Bring your ideas to life.

Welcome to the Idea-Mart. Have an idea to improve the lives of children and improve equity in your community? Visit the Idea-Mart below and submit it. After review, we’ll post it and let the public chime in with their vote of support. We’ll also post the ideas from our own researched and vetted topics that come out of the KConnect workgroups.

Each idea can be voted on and the percentage of the total vote that it receives will be displayed. Ultimately, we want to show what the community really cares about.

Have questions? Contact us.

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