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Member Story

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

Mary Lynne Beckley, executive director and sole full-time staffer at the Georgia Urban Forest Council, gives the inside scoop on how the Council helps Georgia grow.

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Come Together: That’s how Georgia’s nonprofits, philanthropies, and corporate partners achieve breakthrough results on Georgia Gives Day and throughout the year—with help from GCN’s training and sector-building efforts, as featured in our latest issue. 

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Read about our continuing work to support Georgia’s nonprofits in building thriving communities, highlighting 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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Is your organization ready for the Fair Labor Standards Act?

On Nov. 22, 2016, a federal district court granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing its recently revised regulations on the white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that had been set to take effect on Dec. 1. This will mean a substantial increase to the threshold at which eligible employees, regardless of duties, must be paid overtime. GCN is dedicated to monitoring developments and providing the latest news and resources to assist nonprofit employers with compliance. 



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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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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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

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.

1.18.17 | Stone Mountain

Member Event | How to Build Cultural Intelligence

Join GCN's VP of Consulting Sir José Bright to discuss the importance of understanding and increasing Cultural Intelligence in order to successfully manage the diversity around you. 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.

2.07.17 | Webinar

QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits

Join product expert, Gregg S. Bossen, for a 3-day webinar series of learning and receive step-by-step instruction on how to maximize QuickBooks to support your organization's financial operations. Learn more.

2.07.17 | Carrollton

Alice Huffard Richards Nonprofit Leadership Initiative

Discover the keys to establishing key performance indicators and methods for evaluating your program's impact. Learn more.

2.14.17 | Webinar

QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits

Join product expert, Gregg S. Bossen, for a 3-day webinar series of learning and receive step-by-step instruction on how to maximize QuickBooks to support your organization's financial operations. Learn more.

2.21.17 | Carrollton

Alice Huffard Richards Nonprofit Leadership Initiative

Discover the keys to establishing key performance indicators and methods for evaluating your program's impact. Learn more.

2.23.17 | Atlanta

Nonprofit CEO Peerspectives

Our 2017 cohort begins February 23! This unique opportunity connects our most dynamic nonprofit chief executives on the journey to transform their organizations through great leadership. 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.

4.06.17 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Board Management

Learn the core principles that drive nonprofit board effectiveness. 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 MailChimp. Application deadline is April 1. 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.