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HPDL is back.

In partnership with American Express, our annual High Potential Diverse Leaders program fosters the next generation of nonprofit leaders by preparing our sector's rising stars to assume executive-level responsibilities. The 2015 cohort begins April 28. Applications are due March 31. Learn more

Georgia Gives Day is Nov. 12, 2015

Our third annual “flashmob of giving” broke all the records, raising $2.3 million from 17,742 donations to more than 2,000 participating organizations statewide—to date, contributing than $5 million to Georgia nonprofits. Registration is now open for 2015. Learn more

Challenging with new ideas.

At member-exclusive events, in the pages of Georgia Nonprofit NOW, and here, at, thought leaders, practitioners, and sector experts inspire new solutions: activating cause champions, linking mission to money, preparing for leadership transition, and much more. View the calendar of upcoming events.

Building High Performance DNA.

GCN’s powerful approach to strategy development raises the bar every day: in our Nonprofit Consulting Group's work, and through our Momentum process, which is transforming performance among cohorts of nonprofit leaders in communities around the stateLearn more

Our mission is your success.

When nonprofits get smarter, stronger, and more sustainable, bigger results happen. GCN Membership is the gateway to the insight-enabling tools, performance solutions and powerful networks that help Georgia nonprofits maximize their impact. Learn more about the benefits of GCN Membership.


Latest News & Resources

How are nonprofits answering the call to achieve bigger, better, unprecedented results? Partnerships.


In our winter issue, we’ve put together a primer on finding opportunities to collaborate and acting on them, with input from Georgia organizations multiplying their impact through partnerships.


We also have interviews with Atlanta news legend Jocelyn Dorsey and the leadership duo who have brought Jewish Family and Career Services into its thirteenth decade, and Independent Sector CEO Diana Aviv sharing a fresh approach to collaborative network-building, All that, plus a look at the Balanced Scorecard approach to strategic planning, a recap of Georgia Gives Day 2014, and a roundup of nonprofit-friendly marketing resources.


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Member Story

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

What goes into leading 14 programs and 1,400 volunteers at Athens Community Council on Aging? Robust internal communications and staff-led improvements keep the mission going.
Read their story

Consider the Scorecard

GCN Consulting VP Tim Johnson introduces the Balanced Scorecard approach to strategic planning, which provides a powerful tool for categorizing priorities and mapping them so that everyone on the team can understand how their work fits into the big picture.
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How CHRIS Kids leads

Our Board Chair-CEO conversation series continues with this look at what makes CHRIS Kids CEO Kathy Colbenson and Board Chair Chad Duncan an effective leadership duo. 
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Funding Your Mission with a Social Enterprise

There are more ways to generate revenue than asking for it, as proven in this roundup of successful business ventures run—and capitalized on—by 13 member nonprofits. Read more

Getting Unstuck with Design Thinking

How do 54 of Georgia’s top nonprofit leaders come together to brainstorm ideas and develop workable solutions for real-world nonprofit challenges—in a single afternoon? With the Design Thinking process, as demonstrated in a recent “Collective Solutions” workshop led by GCN in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation. 
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The youngest leader in the room

Four young nonprofit leaders had plenty of advice for the new generation of leaders, in a recent panel discussion attended by our Nonprofit Leaders 30 Under 30 honorees. 
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Happy hunting, and how it's done

The most important part of your leadership search is having a consistent process. Here’s how senior consultant Mary Bear Hughes makes that process clear and effective for our Nonprofit Consulting Group clients. 
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Linking Mission to Money

According to Allen Proctor, speaking at a 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 research on 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

This Month @ GCN


Each month, our complimentary e-newsletter features a batch of fresh insights, our latest Member Story, trending topics, upcoming grant and resource opportunities, and a rundown of upcoming eventsCatch up on the latest issues here and sign up to get it delivered to your inbox each month. 

Professional development, customized and delivered.

How can you retain the brightest and most productive employees? One of the best solutions to employee turnover is a commitment to training. Here’s how two GCN member nonprofits do it.
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Social media strategies for aspiring thought leaders

Thought leaders drive conversations online and off. They influence others, shape percep­tions in their field, and serve as the go-to source for those seeking to understand sector issues. Here, social media guru Beth Kanter shares some tips to get started.
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The sector is big, but are we strong?

GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor offers 6 tips for “Finding our Advocacy Mojo.”
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Announcing Westside Momentum

In partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, we are excited to bring our Momentum process to Atlanta's Historic Westside neighborhoods, providing three years of learning, coaching and sharing to help nonprofits play a primary role in revitalizing Castleberry Hill, English Avenue and Vine City.
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How do nonprofits develop the capacity to meet community need? By working smarter, and by working together. Over the past year, 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

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.

Who's on board?

Why do your board members serve? What does your governance team need? Starting with new data on what drives board members, and featuring simple-but-powerful tools for organizing your board development strategy and getting your recruitment efforts underway, we provide a foolproof primer to help you get it right from the start.
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Upcoming Events

4.01.15 | Atlanta

Member Event | Taking Measure

Members, join us for this special event, co-hosted by partners from the corporate and foundation community, presenting research findings on Georgia grantmaking trends and practices followed by roundtable conversations. Learn more.

5.01.15 | Atlanta

Form 990 Prep Essentials

Join tax experts from Mauldin & Jenkins for an in-person session to learn everything you need to know about preparing your organization's Form 990. Learn more.

5.13.15 | 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.