Community Partners Team Up to Study Nonprofit Social Services in Bibb Co..
Nonprofit and church participation will provide important data to improve services countywide
MACON, Ga. — Feb. 4, 2014 — The Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Peyton Anderson Foundation are partnering to perform a comprehensive study of social services support provided by nonprofits in Macon and surrounding Bibb County.
The study will provide a map of and market data for the social services subsector in these communities to provide an overview of efforts already in place. By identifying duplications and gaps in these efforts, the study will help Bibb County nonprofits (including churches) better clarify their strategies and make data-driven, collaborative decisions with other organizations in order to better support the community.
“Since 1989, The Peyton Anderson Foundation has awarded more than $80 million to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of Macon and Bibb County,” said Karen Lambert, president of the Peyton Anderson Foundation. “We strive to make the greatest impact possible with the funds that are available. It is important for us to stay well-informed about those in our community in need of social services as well as the organizations that provide them.”
Social services include outreach, case management, income support, employment assistance, housing, mental and physical health services, substance abuse treatment, hunger relief, advocacy, and youth educational and development programs. Nationally, approximately 30 percent of all nonprofits support these areas, but nonprofits have very little community-specific data to make decisions that support their constituents’ needs as well as the health of their organizations.
“Nonprofits and churches provide much-needed social services assistance to the Bibb County community,” said Chris Allers, executive VP of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. “By studying and providing real market data to these organizations, they will then be able to make strategic business decisions and seek out areas for collaboration based on hard facts, not just conjecture.”
Because the support of area nonprofits and churches is vital to the success of this important project, GCN and the Peyton Anderson Foundation, alongside the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and the United Way of Central Georgia, are holding a forum on Wednesday, Feb. 5, to begin the discussion and start collecting data.
GCN and its partners are asking organizations serving Macon and Bibb County individuals and families living at or below 200 percent of the poverty level to send one representative to the forum on Feb. 5, taking place from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy. in Macon. Lunch will be provided, and all participating organizations will be entered into a drawing for a day of nonprofit consulting services provided by GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group.
To learn more about the study or to RSVP for the event, visit www.gcn.org/events/Macon-social-services-forum.
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Communications Manager | Georgia Center for Nonprofits
President | Peyton Anderson Foundation