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44 Georgia Nonprofits Selected to Take Part in Momentum, a Process to Build their Community Impact

ATLANTA — Mar. 24, 2014 — The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) announces 44 nonprofit arts organizations from across the state have been selected to take part in Momentuma competitive and transformative multi-year process designed to help nonprofits build strategy and leadership that leads them to higher impact in their communities.

These organizations will take part in one of four Momentum cohorts being launched this spring in Albany, Augusta, Macon and Savannah, with major statewide support from the Georgia Council of the Arts (GCA), and regional support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area in conjunction with the Knox, Creel-Harrison, and other local foundation partners.

“We are excited to partner with this impressive team of foundations who share our view that well-managed and strategic nonprofits who seek to leverage their work through collaborative efforts have the power to transform communities,” said Karen Beavor, president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

“Georgia Council for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts,” said Karen Paty, Director of Georgia Council for the Arts. “Nonprofits sit squarely at the center of this work and foster the vitality of our cultural communities. We are investing in Momentum to help them cultivate strategic capacity, develop effective leaders, foster collaboration, and ensure the sustainability of these vital groups.”

The first and largest project of its kind in Georgia, Momentum was developed by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and pioneered on the southern coast over the past two years. An evaluation of the inaugural cohort of 25 nonprofits in Brantley, Camden, Charlton and Glynn counties validated remarkable transformations in the ways their organizations create actionable, high-impact strategy; make dynamic, data-driven decisions; and implement enduring systems to measure and manage results.

Based on extensive research, the 18-month Momentum process focuses on transforming the way nonprofits manage and sustain high performance levels over time, while catalyzing communities of peer leaders to cooperatively tackle large and long-entrenched problems in their community.   

2014 Momentum  Funding Partners
Georgia Council for the Arts

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area
Knox Foundation
Creel Foundation
Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County
National Endowment for the Arts
The Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Local Host Organizations

The Augusta Collaborative Partnership
Macon Arts Alliance

About the Georgia Center for Nonprofits

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits builds thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed.  Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building tools, GCN provides nonprofits, board members and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia. Learn more at GCN.org, follow us on Twitter @GAnonprofits, and like us on Facebook.

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Tom Zimmerman
Communications Manager | Georgia Center for Nonprofits
[email protected]

2014 Momentum  Participants

Albany cohort:
Albany Museum of Art
Albany Symphony Association
Colquitt Miller Arts Council
Lowdnes-Valdosta Arts Commission
Rylander Theatre
South Georgia Ballet.

Augusta cohort:
Aiken Center for the Arts
Juilliard in Aiken
Aiken Performing Arts Group
Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta
Augusta Mini Theatre
Symphony Orchestra Augusta
Barefoot Productions, Inc./Creative Impressions
Broad Street Artists Row
Emanuel Arts Council
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
Greater Augusta Arts Council
Imperial Community Theatre
Jessye Norman School of the Arts
Morris Museum of Art
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Storyland Theatre
The Augusta Ballet
The Augusta Players
Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series
Westobou Festival.

Macon cohort:
Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation
Friends of the Historic Douglass Theatre Complex
Jazz Association of Macon
Macon Arts Alliance
Macon Film Festival
Milledgeville Baldwin County Allied Arts
Museum of Arts and Sciences
The 567 Center for Renewal
Theatre Macon
Tubman African American Museum

Savannah cohort:
Art Rise Savannah
Averitt Center for the Arts
Deep Center
Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association
McIntosh Art Association; Savannah Philharmonic
Telfair Museum