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The HPDL Advantage

Every year, GCN’s Nonprofit University immerses a class of 25 to 35 nonprofit professionals in a leadership development program called High Potential Diverse Leaders (HPDL), a six-month experience that equips rising sector stars with the knowledge, tools, and network they need to thrive as an executive-level practitioner. Here, we talk with three HPDL alumni, who now head nonprofits. 

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In the winter issue of NOW: insight on nonprofit-grantmaker relationships, the dynamics of diverse workplaces, collaborative leadership, and fulfilling professional potential. Plus: the urgent challenge for sector advocacy, a conversation with Ambassador Andrew Young, the Georgia Gives Day results you made possible, and more.

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A unified voice for Georgia nonprofits

As one of the nation’s greatest assets, the nonprofit sector is worth preserving, protecting, and advancing. For that reason, GCN stands for public policies that support and advance the role of the nonprofit sector, and encourage citizens to take an active role in civic pursuits.

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Yes, you can lobby— and so much more!

Many nonprofits think that their hands are tied when it comes to working with elected officials. But as an organization with members, donors, and volunteers, you have the power to influence a lot of people—and that makes you important to anyone who answers to voters. Yes, you can lobby, but there are rules.

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Scenario Planning Fridays

GCN member nonprofits are invited to get complimentary professional assistance from Kathy Keeley, GCN EVP of Programs, and Sir José Bright, Nonprofit Consulting Group VP, on Friday afternoons through April 28. 

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The unpredictable present: Questions and answers for “Leading Through Change”

At this moment of increased instability—with an unpredictable new administration in the White House looking to trim the federal budget wherever it can—it’s okay to be worried, as long as it spurs you to think, prepare, and take action. We brought together GCN members for a discussion about staying impactful and influential no matter what the next few years throws at us.
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Nonprofit Voice Feature

Your impact is at the center of GCN's mission. In this spirit, our Nonprofit Voice blog series invites member leaders to speak up about the causes they champion—and how they advance them through community outreach, as policy advocates, and in their everyday work.  

In the latest nonprofit voice, we explore how Georgia Equality is working to make laws that reflect public attitudes. 

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Member Story

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

Research shows that your zip code matters more than your genetic code in determining whether you live or die. For example, families living in Atlanta’s Westside have a life expectancy of 13 years less than those living in Atlanta’s wealthiest neighborhoods. The Good Samaritan Health Center (Good Sam) is working to eliminate this gap by boosting healthy living and health education with their Full Circle of Health initiative.

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Thinking like an entrepreneur

In this roundtable discussion, the Nonprofit Consulting Group team experts conducting our freshly-launched business accelerator reveal how sector leaders can benefit from a more entrepreneurial mindset.
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Building on a Philanthropic Legacy at The Home Depot Foundation

As ED Shannon Gerber takes the reins at The Home Depot Foundation, GCN’s Karen Beavor asked her to share her perspective on what drives the company’s philanthropic mission, dedication to hometown giving, and powerful employee volunteerism initiatives, as well as what she’s most excited about achieving as she settles into her new position. 

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The power of influence

At a series of small-group conversations facilitated by Tom Tierney, chairman and co-founder of The Bridgespan Group, participants explored strategies for developing and utilizing influence to achieve specific goals.
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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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Building Momentum for Atlanta's Westside

In partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, GCN leads a three-year Westside Momentum process, providing this intensive learning, coaching and peer sharing experience to strengthen the nonprofits who are playing a primary role in revitalizing these historic comunities.
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Upcoming Events

4.07.17 | Atlanta

Scenario Planning Fridays

GCN member nonprofits are invited to get professional assistance from Kathy Keeley, GCN EVP of Programs, and Sir José Bright, Nonprofit Consulting Group VP, Friday afternoons through April 28. Learn more.

4.12.17 | Atlanta

High Potential Diverse Leaders

Our annual HPDL program prepares “rising stars” for executive-level careers in the sector through this intensive leadership development experience, presented in partnership with American Express and MailChimp. Application deadline is extended to April 5. Learn more.

4.19.17 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Accounting

Prepare for growth in the financial management role through this comprehensive 5-part series. Learn more.

4.21.17 | Atlanta

Scenario Planning Fridays

GCN member nonprofits are invited to get professional assistance from Kathy Keeley, GCN EVP of Programs, and Sir José Bright, Nonprofit Consulting Group VP, Friday afternoons through April 28. Learn more.

4.27.17 | Savannah Area

Community Event | Financial Planning for the Nonprofit Professional

Join us and our partners at COUNTRY Financial for a conversation about personal financial planning across your career in nonprofits. Learn more.

4.28.17 | Atlanta

Scenario Planning Fridays

GCN member nonprofits are invited to get professional assistance from Kathy Keeley, GCN EVP of Programs, and Sir José Bright, Nonprofit Consulting Group VP, Friday afternoons through April 28. Learn more.

6.13.17 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Program Management

Our two-day series covers the essentials: community needs assessment, administration, roles and responsibilities, evaluation, budgeting, marketing, and funding. Learn more.