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Georgia Nonprofit NOW | Fall 2012


In this issue, we go deep into our Taking Measure survey to find out how the grantmaker-nonprofit relationship is changing, examine the trailblazing GCN-United Way Blueprint project that’s aligning entire communities on the Coast, and talk with Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis about the power of nonprofits. Plus: tips on succession planning and powerful board fundraising from the experts in GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group.

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Taking Measure
Discover surprising news about the changing nature of foundation-nonprofit relations, and what’s keeping you from your next grant, in this report from a breakthrough survey of Georgia nonprofits and grantmakers conducted by Georgia Grantmakers Alliance, The Foundation Center – Atlanta and GCN.



Fear, Understanding, and Time: The Three Obstacles to
Succession Planning

A 2011 study found that just 17% of participating organizations had a written succession plan, despite widespread agreement on in its value as a fundamental part of any strategic plan. GCN Senior Consultant Mary Bear Hughes demystifies succession planning and gives you two easy ways to get the process started.


Blueprint for Collective Impact on Georgia's Coast
Blazing a path for the Brunswick community—and the sector—United Way of Coastal Georgia unveils its ambitious High School Graduation Blueprint, a multi-year, all-inclusive plan for improving educational outcomes in Glynn County. Find out how this program got hundreds of educators, parents, and students on board in this progress report.


The Number One Rule for Powerful Board Fundraising
Your board can be a powerful fundraising machine—but only if you prepare it properly for the rigors of “the Ask.” GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group VP Cindy Cheatham helps you get board members into the giving—and soliciting—spirit.


"We Didn't Just Wake Up with a Dream."
Atlanta Congressman John Lewis discusses his new book, Across That Bridge, as well as a new generation of activists, the importance of nonprofits, and the power of outreach to move people and affect change.