Local and National Foundations partner to bring Nonprofit Business Strategy and Leadership Program to Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Feb. 18, 2014 — A group of local, state and national foundations including The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area, Knox Foundation, Augusta Regional Collaboration Project, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County, and the Georgia Council for the Arts via funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, are partnering with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to make a significant investment in the effectiveness and sustainability of the Augusta region’s nonprofit arts organizations.
Twenty of the region’s nonprofit arts organizations will be selected as part of the first cohort of organizations to complete Momentum–an innovative approach to nonprofit capacity building that combines instruction, coaching and consulting over a two-year period. Created by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN), the Momentum program’s goal is to help nonprofits create sustainable strategies, increase collaboration and improve overall effectiveness.
“We are excited to bring together a 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.
“In a first for our community, local foundations are partnering with each other, and with state and national foundations, to invest in the Momentum program. This program will provide some of our most promising arts organizations the tools necessary to develop a collaborative strategy to increase the sustainability, scale, and overall impact of their organizations,” said Braye Boardman, chairman of the board for the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area.
In addition to the Augusta region, GCN and GCA have partnered to bring Momentum to Albany, Macon and Savannah. The inaugural Momentum cohort on Georgia’s lower coast recently completed their work and report remarkable transformations in the way they develop organizational leadership, create actionable strategy, and implement business processes to manage performance.
Full program scholarships will be available through a competitive process to selected applicants through the funding support from involved foundation partners. Interested organizations are invited to an information session on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Old Chamber of Commerce Building at 600 Broad St. To learn more or to RSVP online, visit www.gcn.org/Momentum-for-the-Arts.
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Communications Manager | Georgia Center for Nonprofits
CEO | Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area