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Introducing the Nonprofit University + ThinkHR Subscription

Pursuing the mission is hard enough. Developing talent, navigating HR issues, and managing compliance with limited resources makes it that much harder, especially in this competitive and changing environment. Introducing a new talent management solution, exclusively for GCN members.

 

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Why wellness works

Ten years ago, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta set out to redefine corporate wellness efforts for a staff of 11,000-plus. Here’s what it took to make their Strong4Life program a success, and the dividends it’s paid for employees and patients.

 

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How an unforgettable event takes shape

World-class events require time, thought, care, and a range of specific skills. Ahead of his Master Class starting Jan. 23, NU facilitator Vic McCarty runs down the points to consider in your plan to wow guests, raise funds, and share the spirit of your organization.

 

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It's here: The 2018 NU course calendar!

Your guide to another incredible year of career development opportunities has arrived! Dive in now, and start planning for a 2018 of professional growth through Nonprofit University's certificate series, targeted classes, clinics, and more. Be sure to explore the full array of topic areas, and check out all the discounts available to GCN members.
 

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What the right communications staff can do for you

With all the voices in your organization, it takes skilled, trusted communicators to make your messages cohesive and compelling. Big Duck CEO Sarah Durham shares tips for building an optimum in-house team – even if it’s a team of one!
 

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United Way Worldwide's breakout campaign

Charting a new direction for a sector icon is no small task. AMA Nonprofit Marketer of the Year Lisa Bowman tells us about the research, determination, and tough conversations that went into the bold new “Join the Fight” outreach campaign.

 

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Standing out in a crowd of year-end appeals

It’s holiday-time, when folks are in the mood to give. The problem: When just about every nonprofit is sending an appeal, yours can get lost in the pile-up. Dad’s Garage offers these timely tips to get the most out of your end-of-year ask.

 

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Mindful news consumption for nonprofit pros

With an endless stream of news (much of it bad) beamed directly to our phones, the way we consume the latest headlines can have a huge impact on our stress levels – and our risk of burnout. On GCN's Work for GoodBeth Kanter has the tactics to tame your media habits.

 

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In our annual innovation issue, we're proud to showcase more than thirty IDEAS from the GCN community that are pushing nonprofit work beyond the limits of the day, and setting new standards in service, operations, and outreach. Also featured: a tip-filled discussion of major gifts programs, an HR insight roundup from Work for Good, the head of the American Express Foundation on corporate philanthropy's rising profile, the evolution of Georgia Gives, and more.

 

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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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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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The powers that be (and how they are used)

If you want to lead, you've got to understand the sources, strengths, and limitations of your power style, and how to step up your abilities through interpersonal skills and professional expertise. 

 

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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

1.23.18 | Atlanta

Master Class | Designing and Executing World-Class Fundraising Events

Exclusively for seasoned development pros, this advanced program provides hands-on coaching and personalized learning to help you master the art of fundraising event management. Learn more.

1.24.18 | Atlanta

Writing the Annual Report

This course will show you how to write stellar annual reports that tell the story of your yearly successes. Learn more.

1.30.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Fundraising | Capital Campaigns

Learn strategies for cultivating foundation and corporate relationships that translate into maximum funding to fuel your organization’s mission in this five-part series. Learn more.

2.01.18 | 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.

2.07.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Fundraising | Introduction to Fundraising

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

2.08.18 | 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.

3.13.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Volunteer Management

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

3.14.18 | Atlanta

Intended Impact: What is your Theory of Change?

Intended Impact and Theory of Change provide the “north star” for organizations as they determine their outcomes and impact in the community. Learn more.

3.22.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Fundraising | Event Management

Learn the tools and systems needed to create and execute successful fundraising events in this five-part series. Learn more.

3.27.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Change Management

NEW! Lead to effectively drive positive change. A two-day series overview of change management theory and strategies for driving a change process, managing resistance to change, and helping others more effectively support your agenda for change. Learn more.

4.03.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Marketing

Learn the tools for building a strong marketing and communications program from the ground up. Learn more.

4.11.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Fundraising | Grant Management

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

4.18.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Accounting

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

5.10.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Fundraising | Fundraising and Communications

Learn about what motivates your donors to give, how to segment your donor audiences for the best result and how to mobilize your community to support your cause. Learn more.

5.22.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Performance Management

NEW! Demonstrate organizational impact and return on investment to funders and donors, by writing, collecting, and using effective performance measures, with our four-part series. Learn more.

6.13.18 | 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.

6.20.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Leadership

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

7.10.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Financial Vitality

Learn to create a thriving organization in a challenging funding environment, ensuring your organization can go beyond managing a budget for survival, and truly invest in expanding your mission impact, with our four-part series. Learn more.

8.01.18 | Atlanta

Intended Impact: What is your Theory of Change?

Intended Impact and Theory of Change provide the “north star” for organizations as they determine their outcomes and impact in the community. Learn more.

8.02.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Fundraising | Event Management

Learn the tools and systems needed to create and execute successful fundraising events in this five-part series. Learn more.

8.07.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Fundraising | Introduction to Fundraising

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

8.14.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Facilities Management

Learn how to plan, renovate, and maintain your facilities in this five-part series, presented by facilitators from the Atlanta Chapter of International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Learn more.

8.15.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Fundraising | Capital Campaigns

Learn strategies for cultivating foundation and corporate relationships that translate into maximum funding to fuel your organization’s mission in this five-part series. Learn more.

9.06.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Volunteer Management

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

9.12.18 | 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.

9.13.18 | 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.

9.18.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Change Management

NEW! Lead to effectively drive positive change. A two-day series overview of change management theory and strategies for driving a change process, managing resistance to change, and helping others more effectively support your agenda for change. Learn more.

10.03.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Fundraising | Grant Management

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

10.30.18 | 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.

11.01.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Accounting

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

11.13.18 | 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.

12.04.18 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Marketing

Learn the tools for building a strong marketing and communications program from the ground up. Learn more.

12.05.18 | Atlanta

Finance for the Nonfinancial Manager

Learn to read and understand financial statements, budgets, cash flow projects and what these tools tell you about your programs and organization. Learn more.