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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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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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How a Balanced Scorecard transforms your development efforts

Unless you want to chase your tail year after year, your fundraising goals must be about more than covering expenses: They should aim to build a solid foundation for your organization’s future. That requires a complete strategic plan—what we call a "balanced scorecard"—that anticipates where your organization, and the community it supports, are heading:  

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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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Member Story

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

Learn how the changing political climate is affecting the capacity of five different refugee-serving organizations in Georgia— New American PathwaysWelcoming AmericaInternational Rescue Committee AtlantaGlobal Village ProjectRefugee Women's Network, Inc.—and their ability to help new arrivals contribute to the state economy. PLUS, uncover information on how you can get involved and support their missions.

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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.  
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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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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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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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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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Upcoming Events

3.28.17 | Atlanta

Member Webinar | Leading for Change

GCN EVP Kathy Keeley will provide practical recommendations for how to apply theory, skill, and strategy to lead your organization through necessary change to effectively respond to internal or external pressures. Learn more.

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 April 1. 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.