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Graduation Day Approaches for 44 Georgia Nonprofits Completing Momentum, a Process to Build their Community Impact

ATLANTA (August 3, 2015) —This month, nonprofit leaders from Macon, Augusta, Savannah, and Albany, together with foundation leaders from across the state, will celebrate the completion of Momentum for the Arts—a competitive and transformative multi-year process designed to help them build organizational strategy and leadership that leads them to higher impact in their communities.

Developed and presented by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN), Momentum for the Arts was made possible by the partnership of a dedicated group of funders, with statewide support from the Georgia Council for the Arts, regional support from The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in conjunction with the Knox and Creel-Harison Foundations, The Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County, and other local 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.

Karen Paty, executive director at Georgia Council for the Arts, called Momentum “a unique opportunity for the Council, and the collaboration of funders that support it, to step outside our usual grantmaking model and provide organizations with a program that builds internal capacity and contributes to the sustainability of the nonprofit sector.”

While the two-year Momentum for the Arts experience is coming to a close, “the impact that stronger arts organizations have on their communities will continue to grow,” said Beavor, “as they establish networks of high performance nonprofits who not only support each other, but act as catalysts for collaboration.”

About Momentum
The first and largest project of its kind in Georgia, Momentum was created by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to focus on transforming the way nonprofits manage and sustain higher performance levels over time, while catalyzing communities of peer leaders to cooperatively tackle large and complex problems in their communities. Pioneered on the southern coast in 2012, GCN has since brought the Momentum process to five more Georgia communities, engaging 190 nonprofits and 12 funding partners in projects around the state. This April, GCN launched Momentum: Westside in partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, engaging a cohort of 45 nonprofits serving Atlanta historic westside neighborhoods. More Momentum projects are planned to launch over the next year.

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.

Betsy Reid
Georgia Center for Nonprofits
(678) 916-3028, [email protected]





















Momentum for the Arts

Funding Partners
The Community Foundation for the
   Central Savannah River Area
The Creel-Harison Foundation
The Betty and Davis Fitzgerald
Georgia Council for the Arts
John S. and James L. Knight
Knox Foundation
Mattie H. Marshall Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
The Trustees of the Academy
   of Richmond County
The Zeist Foundation

Local Host Organizations
Macon Arts Alliance
The Augusta Collaborative

Participating Nonprofit

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

Macon cohort:
Eatonton-Putnam Arts
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

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

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