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Five Atlanta Nonprofits Becoming Better Businesses with GCN's Momentum: Atlanta

ATLANTA (June, 23, 2016) —Five nonprofits in the metro area are hard at work learning how to improve both their business strategies and leadership skills as part of Momentum: Atlanta, the latest project of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Momentum program. 

Momentum works by teaching nonprofits how to enhance their strategies and processes, helping them to work more efficiently,” said Chris Allers, executive vice president of programs at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. “The result: They can achieve their mission by working smarter, not necessarily working harder.”
Momentum helps nonprofits improve their business practices by focusing on common pain points such as raising money, board engagement, strategic planning, retaining talent, accountability, marketing, and financial management.
It also measures nonprofits’ progress around goals such as developing effective leaders, enhancing strategic thinking, fostering collaborations, and promoting sustainability, then teaches them to advance those efforts. And it does this all at the level of the individual, the team, and the organization. 
The Momentum program provides our board and staff with an invaluable opportunity to engage in facilitated, long-term collaboration that will strengthen our foundations, while also helping us chart a course into the future,” said Laura Flusche, Ph.D., executive director of the Museum of Design Atlanta. 
The five nonprofits in Momentum: Atlanta are: 
  • Dyslexia Resource Trust 
  • WonderRoot 
  • True Colors Theatre Company 
  • Museum of Design Atlanta 
  • Georgia Interfaith Power & Light 
“The strength of Momentum is that it’s customized for each group, it’s practical, and it’s forward-looking,” said Allers. “Rather than focus on theory, it centers on the areas they need help in right now. It also teaches them how to take care of these areas on their own in the future.” 
GCN's partnership with The Kendeda Fund and The Zeist Foundation makes Momentum: Atlanta possible.
In November 2011, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits launched the first Momentum initiative in Georgia’s lower coastal region, in partnership with the Corporation for National Community Service and the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation. By the time Momentum: Coast finished in 2013, nearly 100 organizations had benefited from the program.  
Since then, four more Momentum programs have been started: Momentum for the Arts (2013-2015), Momentum: Westside (2015-2018) and Momentum for Early Childhood Success (2015-2016), and now Momentum: Atlanta (2016-2018). 
“Since the launch of Momentum, I have seen undeniable transformations in nonprofits,” said Jeff Barker, president of St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation. “From the quality of their proposals to their ability to deliver on the mission, organizations have professionalized, increased their efficiency, and are ultimately increasing their impact in the community. The Georgia Center for Nonprofits has brought these organizations together in a way that hasn’t happened here before.”  

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.

David Terraso
Georgia Center for Nonprofits
(678) 916-3063, [email protected]