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Are you an HPDL?

Preparing tomorrow’s nonprofit leaders is what our unique High Potential Diverse Leaders program is all about. Find out how we help Georgia's "rising stars" develop skills needed to assume executive level responsibilities within the sector. Apply for the Class of 2014 by April 11. Learn more

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

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. In 2013, 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

Introducing our 2013 Annual Report

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

Our winter issue looks at what drives High Performance boards, including the latest GCN research on board member motivation, tools for strategically building the board you need, the individual leadership plans powering one member nonprofit’s “Superboard,” and more.

Plus: an interview on Atlanta's rededication to service with Mayor Kasim Reed, a look back at Georgia Gives Day 2013 success stories, and a conversation with the board chair-CEO leadership duo at Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta, and how to answer four questions that every donor will ask.

View the latest issue

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.

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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Navigating Health Care Reform

View GCN’s latest On-Demand Webinar covering the challenges and opportunities of the Affordable Care Act for nonprofit organizations.

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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Member Story


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

This month: Nature Conservancy in Georgia. Find out how the organization built the fundraising campaign, Georgia for Generations, that was successful despite challenging economic times.

Read their story.

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.

Trust and Transition at RRISA

In the latest of our Board Chair-CEO conversation series, the leadership team at Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta tells Cindy Cheatham the ways that trust, honesty, and engagement create a strong governance team capable of tackling a radical organizational shift—like RRISA’s ongoing merger with Refugee Family Services—or a more typical shift, like the transition from a founding board to a working board.
Members, Read the NOW article

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.
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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

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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Upcoming Events

5.01.14 | Atlanta

A Special GCN Event @ The Fox

We’ll kick off the afternoon with Nonprofit Funding Roundtables and Community Marketplace, followed by a Keynote Presentation and Cocktail Party! Learn more.

5.06.14 | Atlanta

High Potential Diverse Leaders

Presented in partnership with American Express, our annual HPDL program prepares “rising stars” for executive-level careers in the sector. Application deadline: April 11. Learn more.