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The Bridgespan Group and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits introduce Leading for Impact—Atlanta, a collaboration to accelerate social impact

ATLANTA — Dec. 4, 2013 — The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) announced today the launch of Leading for Impact—Atlanta, a  two-year program created by The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropy and brought to Atlanta in collaboration with GCN. Applications for the program, which supports nonprofit leadership teams in solving critical strategic challenges while developing the skills of the executive team, are now open.

Through Leading for Impact—Atlanta, executive leadership teams at forty of Atlanta’s top nonprofits have a unique opportunity to hone their strategic and teamwork skills, then immediately apply them to projects to accelerate their community impact. And, thanks to the generous support of a group of local funders, the co-pay for each organization is modest, at only 20 percent of the cost of the program.

The program kicks off with a six-month executive team development curriculum with a dual focus on core strategic skills and effective leadership team dynamics, and includes two customized, team-led projects in the areas of strategic clarity, organizational effectiveness, or future leader development. Participating teams receive two years of planning, implementation, and coaching support.

“We are excited to collaborate with Bridgespan on introducing a deep, rigorous, team-oriented methodology to Georgia nonprofits that focuses on building high-performing leadership teams,” said Chris Allers, GCN executive vice president. “This translates into sharper strategic plans and more effective implementation, ultimately generating improved outcomes for the communities they serve.”

Six local funders are supporting the program through the creation of a scholarship pool that will to defray 80 percent of the program’s cost, leaving a modest co-pay for each participating nonprofit. Funding partners include The James M. Cox Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, Nonami Foundation, and Robert F. Woodruff Foundation, along with two anonymous donors.

Six cohorts of eight nonprofits will be formed over the next three years. Applications for the first two groups are due December 15, 2013. Detailed information and application can be found at GCN.org/LeadingForImpact.

“The Leading for Impact program is unique in that it is designed for nonprofit CEOs and their executive teams to learn together and to align in how they think and act. Achieving this enables the team to drive continuous performance improvement over time,” said Bridgespan partner and head of its Leadership area Kirk Kramer. “Through this application process, our goal is to identify a group of ambitious organizations eager to refresh their skills, apply new tools to the challenges they are facing, and exchange ideas with other nonprofit leaders.”

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.

About The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. We collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning. We work on issues related to society’s most important challenges and breaking cycles of intergenerational poverty. Our services include strategy consulting, leadership development, philanthropy advising, and developing and sharing practical insights. Learn more at bridgespan.org.

Media Contact:    

Betsy Reid
Communications Director
Georgia Center for Nonprofits
(678) 916-3028
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