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Georgia Nonprofit NOW | Winter 2014


We start the new year with a look at what drives High Performance boards, including new research on board member motivation, tools for analyzing and building your board, the individual leadership plans powering one member nonprofit’s “Superboard,” and more.

We also continue our Board Chair-CEO discussion series with the leadership team at Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta, talk about Atlanta’s rededication to service with Mayor Kasim Reed, reveal major donors’ most pressing questions, and share some of the success stories coming out of Georgia Gives Day 2013. Plus: finding your fundraising bliss and learning from the Buffett way of investing.

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Are you taking advantage?

What can the nonprofit sector can learn from an investor who made $37 million dollars a day in 2013? GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor probes Warren Buffett's investment formula to find out what a "competitive advantage" means for your organization overall, and for finding your "forever donors."



Who's on Board? 

Why do your board members serve? What does your governance team need? Calling on new research and GCN's on-board expertise, we provide some helpful tools, strategies, data, and insights to answer those critical questions. 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 for reinvigorating your approach to board management.


Board or Superboard: The engaged board member difference at Moving in the Spirit

Want the most out of your board? Better yet: do you want a board that's having a blast while furthering your mission? Yes, it takes time, dedication, and a solid plan—but more than that, it takes strong bonds and mutual understanding. For member nonprofit Moving in the Spirit, that means focusing on three things: the relationship, the expectations, and the assessment. ED Dana Lupton and Heather Infantry fill us in on the board engagement process that’s supercharged their organization, while making board meetings something to look forward to.


The Board Chairs Speak

To get a sense for what drives them to put so much time, energy, and passion into their roles, we put this question to the board leaders at some of our member nonprofits: What’s been most valuable part of your experience serving as a board chair, for the organization and for you? Their answers range from the personal to the programmatic to the patriotic and beyond, but all share one transcendent quality: passion.


Trust and Transition at RRISA 

In the latest of our Board Chair-CEO conversation series, the leadership team at Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta tells Cindy Cheatham the ways that trust, honesty, and engagement create a strong governance team capable of tackling a radical organizational shift—like RRISA’s ongoing merger with Refugee Family Services—or a more typical shift, like the transition from a founding board to a working board.


Before the Big Ask: Four Questions You Must Answer

As major gifts have become more important to nonprofit success, and large donors are increasingly sought after, some donors have responded by becoming more sophisticated in their philanthropic decision-making. Others are just confused, even overwhelmed. So what does a major donor want to know before showing you the money? Take a lesson from two Harvard Business School authors, who have narrowed donor concerns down to four major questions. Plus: learn a few simple tips for finding your fundraising bliss with "The Joy of Fundraising."


Give Where You Live: GA Gives Day 2013 By the Numbers

On November 13, 2013, GCN held the second Georgia Gives Day and recorded significant growth in many areas as nonprofits continue to join in on this new giving movement. Our annual infographic highlights this year's results and our overall positive trends.


How Nonprofits Powered Their Own Gives Day Success

What drove more than $1.4 million in giving on Nov. 13, GCN’s second annual Georgia Gives Day? To celebrate their success, and spark your own online fundraising mojo, we asked organizations and donors how they made it happen. What we found out: from Twitter star Furkids and “power hour” champs Action Ministries, to "offline" organizers Enchanted Closet and Atlanta Community Toolbank, to local news appearances by Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Flint River Habitat for Humanity, to individual donors rallying a true flashmob of givers, Georgia nonprofits took many paths to online fundraising success.


Mayor Kasim Reed: Another Term of Service 

In his first term, the mayor of Atlanta oversaw an impressive rededication to service, including a series of new initiatives that have revitalized neighborhoods, given Atlanta’s youth a new network of opportunities, and more. As Mayor Reed’s second term begins, he spoke with GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor about the city's history of service and outreach, what’s driving the success of his new service initiatives, and why area nonprofits have a true partner in City Hall and Chief Service Officer Amy Phuong.