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Member Story

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

We talked with the DDD Foundation (Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled) about the challenges of running a nonprofit from strategic planning, to reaching supporters, to dealing with Medicaid.

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A new path to fundraising mastery: the Development Institute


Nonprofit University introduces a new vision for supporting fundraisers at every step of their career—from building core competencies to mastering advanced practice areas. Explore our introductory and intermediate courses and series, and eight Master Classes for advanced practitioners.

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GCN Announces Kathy Keeley as New Executive VP of Programs

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) has named Kathy Keeley, former Executive Director of All About Developmental Disabilities, as its new Executive Vice President of Programs. Keeley assumes the role in October, replacing Chris Allers, who is stepping down after three years in the role.
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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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Once again, we bring you our summer IDEAS issue, featuring a roundup of the innovative programs, practices, and partnerships animating our member organizations and pushing new frontiers of impact—plus a look at some of the ground-breaking collaborations set into motion by our Building Community Network and a discussion of the advantages an entrepreneurial mindset can give you. Also featured: How to understand and advance your personal power style, a road map preparing you for Georgia Gives Day 2016, an interview with the new head of global philanthropy for General Motors, 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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Momentum for Macon-Bibb Nonprofits

GCN, in partnership with The Peyton Anderson Foundation, has launched Momentum for Early Childhood Success, an innovative initiative bringing together 12 organizations and four agencies serving the Macon-Bibb County region to strengthen their leadership, infrastructure, collaboration, and alignment to better support children from birth to age 5 and their families.
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Building on a Philanthropic Legacy at The Home Depot Foundation

As new Executive Director 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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Consider the Scorecard

GCN Nonprofit Consulting Group 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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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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Bringing new voices to your board

When making big decisions, are you sure you have all the right voices in the room? Why board diversity matters, and what the Frazer Center is doing to prepare under-represented populations for board service.
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In the latest GCN annual report, read about our continuing work to support Georgia’s nonprofits in building thriving communities, highlighting 2014 initiatives to equip sector leaders with the skills and networks they need; arm nonprofits with high-performance practices; build a giving movement through Georgia Gives Day; and nurture the people who power nonprofits with career support and professional development.

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Policy Alert: FLSA Overtime Final Rule

On May 18, the long-awaited update to the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act was released. As expected, there is a substantial increase to the threshold at which eligible employees, regardless of duties, must be paid overtime. GCN will continue to monitor developments and provide the latest news and resources to assist nonprofit employers with compliance.

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Taking Measure of Georgia Grantmaking Trends

In our latest Taking Measure survey, part of an ongoing cross-community conversation led by GCN, Foundation Center–Atlanta, and the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance, we uncovered encouraging news for the state’s grantmakers and nonprofits—including rising alignment, stronger communication, and growing opportunities.  
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The youngest leader in the room

Four young nonprofit leaders had plenty of advice for next-generation leaders, in this panel discussion attended by our 2014 Nonprofit Leaders 30 Under 30 honorees. 
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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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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.
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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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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.

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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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

10.26.16 | Atlanta

DI Master Class | Foundation Relations

This Development Institute Master-level Course, designed for experienced fundraisers, equips you with a deep understanding of foundation philosophy, including strategies for cultivating foundation relationships by becoming the resource they need. Learn more.

10.27.16 | Atlanta

DI Intermediate Series | Grant Management Track

Go beyond the basics to learn how to not only write compelling proposals but create a powerful grant management system. Learn more.

11.01.16 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Human Resource Management

A comprehensive but practical foundation across the major HR functions critical to any organization’s success. Learn more.

11.01.16 | Woodbine - 11.15.16 | Brunswick

Community Event | Understanding Impact and Outcomes

Come hear from a panel of local funders on their funding priorities and how to define, measure and evaluate your impact. Learn more.

11.03.16 | Atlanta

DI Master Class | Mastering the Art and Science of Capital Campaigns

Examine the various aspects of preparing for and implementing successful capital campaigns in this intensive Master Class for development pros. Learn more.

11.03.16 | Atlanta

DI Intermediate Series | Event Management Track

Help your leadership team fully embrace your organization’s fundraising efforts with this carefully curated series of courses. Learn more.

11.09.16 | Online - 11.11.2016 | Atlanta

Member Event & Webinar | Get your organization ready for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by the Dec. 1 deadline

Given the new ruling, what are the the necessary changes you need to consider for implementation within your organization? Learn more.

1.04.17 | Atlanta

DI Master Class | Corporate-Focused Value Development

This Development Institute Master-level Course, designed for experienced fundraisers, takes a deep dive into how to develop successful Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and more. Learn more.

1.12.17 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Organization Management

This 360-degree orientation to NPO program management will help you learn the sector inside and out. Learn more.

1.18.17 | Atlanta

Development Institute: Introduction to Fundraising

Prepare for growth in the development role through these six foundation-building courses, designed to provide a comprehensive orientation to the crucial area of nonprofit fundraising. Learn more.

2.02.17 | Atlanta

Certificate of Supervision & Management

Prepare for a supervisory role with the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective manager and team leader. Learn more.

2.21.17 | Atlanta

DI Master Class | Winning Government Funding Starting

Seasoned development pros will gain hands-on coaching and personalized learning to master the art of winning government grants. Learn more.

3.01.17 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Leadership

Develop the fundamental skills of effective leaders to think and act strategically. Learn more.

3.07.17 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Volunteer Management

Discover the keys to effective volunteer recruitment, training, organization, and engagement in our 4-part series. 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.

4.19.17 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Accounting

Prepare for growth in the financial management role through this comprehensive 4-part series. 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.