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Announcing Field Trips 2014

This September: Choose from 15 small-group Field Trips across Atlanta hosted and presented by a group of dynamic nonprofit and corporate leaders. Plus: a keynote conversation on the future of philanthropy with AFP’s 2014 Fundraiser of the Year Eileen Heisman. We’ll see you out
there! Learn more.

What makes communities thrive?

The answer is at the heart of GCN's work: it drives our strategy and programs. When nonprofits get smarter, stronger, and more sustainable, bigger results happen. GCN delivers the insight-enabling tools, performance solutions, and powerful networks to help nonprofits and philanthropy maximize their impact. Learn more

Developing sector leaders.

Effective nonprofit leadership combines mission and strategy while adapting to ever-shifting community needs. With innovative programs like Nonprofit CEO Peerspectives and High Potential Diverse Leaders, GCN advances Georgia’s vanguard of nonprofit leaders while fostering the next generation. Learn more

Challenging with new ideas.

National thought leaders and sector experts at GCN events spur fresh thinking and new approaches to meet evolving challenges. This past year, presenters spoke to: activating cause champions, linking mission to money, preparing for leadership transition, and “taking measure” of donor-grantmaker relationships. Learn more

Leading a giving movement.

Georgia Gives Day is GCN’s year-round, online giving platform, encouraging millions of Georgians to “click if you care.” Since its 2012 launch, we’ve helped raise more than $2.4 million for Georgia’s nonprofits on Over 1,700 are participating in this free opportunity to extend their fundraising capabilities and resource their missions. Learn more

Partnering for collective impact.

Social change is driven by nonprofits working in concert with business, government, and philanthropies. Collaborating on initiatives like the coastal High School Graduation Blueprint, GCN is helping to build partnerships and formulate comprehensive, whole-community solutions to address complex problems. Learn more


Latest News & Resources

Our Nonprofit Voice blog series has a simple premise: tell us about a pressing community challenge your nonprofit faces, and how you’re forging a solution.

In the latest part of this series, GCN member Central Atlanta Progress tells us why 2014 could be downtown's biggest year in decades.
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Across the week of September 15-19, move out of the office and into the field to experience strategy in action. Find answers, insights, and inspiration on an array of small-group Field Trips across Atlanta, hosted and presented by a group of dynamic nonprofit and corporate leaders. PLUS: a keynote on The Future of Philanthropy by Eileen Heisman, AFP's 2014 Fundraiser of the Year.
Space is limited, so register now!

In our spring issue: a detailed guide to strategic planning backed by GCN research into the expectation of funders, a roundup of state legislation passed in the session just ended, and one successful social entrepreneur's vision of an economy fueled by pro bono work.


Plus: an interview with Points of Light leader and Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn and a conversation with the board chair-CEO leadership duo at Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

View the latest issue

Member Story

Each month, we publish a “member story” –- highlighting great causes, chronicling progress made, identifying challenges, and celebrating accomplishments.

This month: Angel Flight Soars. Find out how a they serve patients throughout the South with a 1,200-strong volunteer army of pilots and "earth angels" flying seven missions a day, every day of the year.

Read their story.

Make our blog part of your routine as your link to the daily pulse of the Georgia nonprofit sector. We’ll be posting everything from GCN community news, just-announced member events, and commentary from sector leaders, to the latest research findings, live updates from the field, and the rest of our daily musings. Read our blog.

How do we develop the capacity to meet community needs? By working smarter, and by working together. In 2013, GCN continued to leverage our influence, know-how, and assets to forge powerful partnerships, help great ideas scale, and produce High Performance Nonprofits across our state.
Read our Annual Report

Who’s next?

A recent survey of Atlanta nonprofits found that only a third of nonprofits have a succession plan in place, leaving their organizations vulnerable when senior leaders depart. At a recent GCN member event, Senior Consultant Mary Bear Hughes shared survey results and explored the issue with a panel of nonprofit leaders. 
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Recognizing high-impact sector leaders

GCN and The Home Depot Foundation recognized CHRIS Kids, Kate's Club, Center for Puppetry Arts and Atlanta Ballet with 2013 Nonprofit IMPACT Awards. Read the keys to their success in our case studies of the winners and runners-up.

Explore the case studies.

A Riverkeeper Retires

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is preparing for its first change in executive leadership since its founding in 1994. Talking with their current director and board chair for our Board Chair-CEO conversation series, GCN Senior Consultant Mary Bear Hughes finds out how they’re making a smart transfer of power, and why they’ve selected a duo of leaders to succeed Director and Riverkeeper Sally Bethea
Members, Read the NOW article

Why Advocacy Loves Company

In ten years, GCN member organization Voices for Georgia’s Children has started, lead, and grown three statewide coalitions that arm policy-makers with the knowledge and ability to make positive decisions for kids. Voices ED Pat Willis shares the secrets of a dedicated coalition-builder and advocacy veteran.
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Linking Mission to Money

According to Allen Proctor, speaking at a 2013 GCN member event, every nonprofit needs a “dual business model” that includes profitable services that fund money-losing mission-centric programs.
Read the NOW article

GCN’s 2012 report, The Economic Impact of Georgia's Nonprofit Sector, conducted in partnership with Georgia Tech, quantifies the powerful and growing contribution of nonprofits to our state’s economy and offers recommendations to leverage our strength.
Read our findings

Upcoming Events

11.13.14 | Atlanta

Writing Winning Grants

Learn how to turn organizational needs into fundable ideas and present them in competitive proposals in our all-day workshop. Learn more.