Join GCN's Resiliency Planning Cohorts
RISE to the challenge and join GCN's Resiliency Planning Cohorts: a no-nonsense method for making decisions and leading your organization forward.
Georgia nonprofits have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and must become resilient. Why? Resiliency is the ability to absorb a shock and spring back – the capacity to see new opportunities and seize them.
What are Resiliency Planning Cohorts?
GCN consultants will lead your organization and a small cohort of other organizations through a process for reconsidering your revenue, metrics, and strategies, then realigning your resources accordingly. Think of Resiliency Planning Cohorts as a way to recast your strategy to reflect your organization's new reality – whether that means you're facing revenue increases and new demands, seeking strategies for a year of reduced revenues, or any other scenario.
What is unique about this program?
GCN's Nonprofit Consulting Group has developed a process for creating Resiliency Roadmaps, capable of charting a course through the next 2 to 3 years regardless of what they hold.
Called RISE, this process helps organizations and leaders adapt with confidence and advance through a changing environment.
The four pillars that make up RISE:
- Reality and revenue analysis
- Innovation & impact analysis
- Strategy development; and
What is involved?
Resiliency Cohort participants are organized into groups of five organizations each. The process takes place over 6 to 8 weeks and requires 3 to 5 hours per week, centering around:
- Four 90-minute online sessions bringing together the five-member cohort, and
- Two individual consulting engagements.
In each cohort session, GCN consultants will introduce you to tools and help you create the framework for your Roadmap. Plan to spend between 90 minutes and 3 hours between each session, working with tools and templates provided. Consulting engagements will be used to review and facilitate your decisions.
What will you get?
- A full understanding of your organization’s position
- Guidance and tools for making realistic decisions, now and in the future
- A custom Resiliency Roadmap for meeting the next normal
- A plan for executing your Roadmap and adapting with confidence; and
- Opportunities to innovate and collaborate for sustained and expanded impact.
What are the criteria for participation?
To join, your nonprofit must have been operating for at least two years, and have:
- A budget of at least $100,000 (this requirement may be waived for GCN members)
- At least one employee or 1099 staff
- Board Chair and Treasurer agree to participate in one meeting.
How much is it?
Are there subsidies available?
Yes! Thanks to our generous funders, a limited number of subsidies are available for organizations that are:
- Serving the Augusta area, including Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, and Burke Counties in Georgia, and Aiken and Edgefield Counties in South Carolina; OR
- Working in housing, health, education, or reentry, and serving African American communities in Metro Atlanta; OR
- Serving Brantley, Camden, or Glynn Counties in Georgia.
Organizations that qualify for subsidies will pay just 25% of the full fee: That’s $312.50 for organizations with budgets under $1 million, and $500 for those with budgets over $1 million.
Cohorts are currently being organized for an October start date. (For time commitment details, see What is involved? above.)