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Join GCN's Resiliency Planning Cohorts

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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:

► For a more detailed explanation, click this chart.

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:

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?

What are the criteria for participation?

To join, your nonprofit must have been operating for at least two years, and have:

How much is it?

  • $1,250 for organizations with budgets under $1M
  • $2,000 for organizations with budgets over $1M

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.)

Latest updates:

The next round of GCN’s Resiliency Planning Cohorts starts in early October. Apply by September 25 to be a part of them – while subsidies are still available!

Find session summaries here.

For a quick overview you can share right now, see this summary.

More than 100 groups have participated, and are telling us that the tools and the processes they've learned are helping them plan during a time of continued uncertainty.

Questions? Reach out to our team at [email protected] or 678-916-3082.