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Get together with a giving culture – for GAgives and beyond

The success of GAGives, the homegrown generosity movement, also reflects, quite clearly, the way that the spirit of giving brings people together – an opportunity that nonprofit CEOs and EDs should take note of not only for its potential to unite external supporters, but to foster connection within their nonprofits.


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Conflict and the intergenerational board

Demographics and technology are driving change within our organizations at all levels. GCN Consulting are seeing more and more intergenerational conflict crop up in nonprofit Boards of Directors. These can arise in many different forms, from strategy to fundraising to board development, but the underlying issues involve the same dynamics: generation-specific interests and beliefs, and how willing each board member is to hear and understand those outside their cohort.


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How strategic planning happens, pt. one: From environmental scan to the board-staff retreat

In part one, we’ll look at environmental scan and the board-staff planning retreat. In part two, we’ll talk briefly about the draft-and-refine process and board approval, then go a bit more in-depth into the implementation plan – a critical aspect that’s too often forgotten.


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Let’s be Candid: What the big new merger promises nonprofits

GCN CEO Karen Beavor sat down with Candid Executive Vice President Jacob Harold, formerly President & CEO of GuideStar, to find out what went into the team-up, and what their combined efforts mean for the sector’s future.


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Four types of leaders – and the one you need

One of the common problems we see in our work at GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group is a mismatch between the skills of the executive and the needs of the organization – such as the need to grow, change, or restructure due to changes in the environment.


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Tips for happy, hardworking volunteers

Founded in 2001, HomeAid Atlanta is a nonprofit organization that builds, renovates, and maintains facilities for nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness. HomeAid has completed over 120 projects at locations for victims of domestic violence, teen mothers, veterans, and more, utilizing connections with building industry professionals and community organizations.


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Honing your partnership pitch: Georgians go big for corporations that give back

As nonprofits across the state gear up their GAgives on #GivingTuesday campaigns, and start seeking matching grants and other partnerships from the state’s businesses, new statewide research released from goBeyondProfit bolsters the case for a team-up.


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How strategic planning happens, part two: Preparing for launch

In part one of my recap, I covered highlights from our discussion of the environmental scan and the board-staff planning retreat. Here, I’ll tackle the draft-and-refine process and board approval, then get into the implementation plan – a critical aspect that’s too often overlooked.


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The value of difference: Leadership lessons on inclusion and equity

Each year, GCN’s High Potential Diverse Leaders program (HPDL) brings together a cohort of nonprofit professionals to develop the skills, knowledge, and networks to take on top roles in the sector. In response to the changing needs of the sector, this year’s curriculum was updated to include a number of currently-trending topics that will only prove more important in the future.


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Theory, practice, and how they’re measured: MAAC preps for constant change

This year, the Building Community Network program – a partnership among GCN, The Home Depot Foundation, and hundreds of select Atlanta-area nonprofits – has focused on tactics and strategies for leading in times of change. Over the course of four events, leaders from over 100 network partners have come together to learn, practice, and discuss change management with the organizations and experts leading the way.


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CENSUS 2020 | Tools and Resources for Nonprofits

We're just one year out from the decennial Census. GCN has put together some of the most vital resources and news sources to support nonprofits and community leaders who want to ensure that their constituents are represented in the 2020 count. A complete and accurate count has critical implications on our organizations and those we serve on a daily basis. Consider this: The failure to count just 10 households containing 2.5 people in your county could result in the loss of $334,750 over the 10-year census period.


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Like a boss: Your role in the new leadership model

Today, everyone needs to contribute directly to strategic goals – which means everyone needs the chance to become full-fledged strategists. How to think about advancement – yours and others’ – with new tips from Senior Consultant Mary Hughes.

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Your all-in-one talent management solution from GCN

Exclusively for member nonprofits, our Nonprofit University + ThinkHR Subscription delivers year-round professional development and training for your team; unlimited on-call support from certified HR pros; and interactive HR and talent compliance tools.


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Just out!

Download your free copy of Work for Good’s 2019 Nonprofit Salary Report for Georgia — our state’s most comprehensive nonprofit salary report to date, based on data from 36,000 positions, spanning 24 job-focus areas, and broken out across six employee types.


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A benefit that pays back: Financial planning for your people

Nonprofit employers need cost-friendly ways to retain talent, and we could all use help offsetting salaries that continually fall behind those in other sectors. Senior Consultant Mary Bear Hughes explores a compelling solution to both challenges: personal financial planning tools.


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First-hand tips for a data-first approach

Two years into a new process for measuring outcomes and making decisions, the CEO of The Gathering Place has ten tips for any organization seeking a data-based solution for better planning, growing, and communicating their impact.


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The work-life balance formula that actually works

Too often, faulty math keeps us from realizing the goal of simultaneously fulfilling work- and home-lives. Correcting the equation is easier than you think: It all comes down to quality over quantity.


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What the watchdogs see

As scrutiny of nonprofits intensifies, it’s critical to understand the agencies keeping tabs on the sector. Two experts from Mauldin & Jenkins detail the priorities of these watchdogs, and how to satisfy them, in this member event recap.


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How “doable” is your job? What the workload means for your legacy

If you’re an overloaded executive, you’re ensuring a rocky transition for anyone who steps into the role after you. With this advice from GCN executive search expert Mary Hughes, you can rethink your position to better serve the organization’s future – and your own.


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Upcoming Events

10.02.19 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Accounting

Prepare for growth in the financial management role through this comprehensive 5-part series. Learn more.

10.04.19 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Social Media

Rapidly advance your understanding of social media practices for nonprofits, building a broad foundation and focused expertise in topics like advertising and analytics. Learn more.

10.04.19 | Atlanta

Nonprofit Benefits Forum

Join fellow nonprofit executive and HR leaders for this half-day event where experts will present the latest information on health and retirement options and strategies, as well as strategies to amp up your benefits with no or low cost solutions. Learn more.

Advanced Nonprofit Board Leadership Clinic (Under $1M Budget)

2019 Nonprofit Board Leadership Clinic: an evening-time learning experience designed to provide nonprofit executives and board members with knowledge, skills and resources to tackle real-world governance challenges. Learn more.

10.15.19 | Atlanta

Advanced Nonprofit Board Leadership Clinic ($1M+ Budget)

An evening forum for nonprofit executives and board members: Explore the best practices that drive exceptional governance, and receive an individualized assessment of your board. Learn more.

10.29.19 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Human Resource Management

Designed for organizations of all sizes, this four-part series focuses on human resources practices critical to success, delivering a comprehensive, practical foundation for the HR professional. Learn more.

10.29.19 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Marketing Essentials

Learn the tools for building a strong marketing and communications program from the ground up. Learn more.

10.30.19 | Atlanta

Audit Prep Seminar + Lunch & Learn

During this free seminar, Chazin & Company nonprofit accounting experts will clarify the nonprofit audit process and provide you with tips for making this year-end headache more manageable with good planning and consistant processes throughout the year. Learn more.

10.31.19 | Atlanta

Certificate of Nonprofit Program Management Essentials

Choose from two tracks in our 5-part series to advance your knowledge and skill at developing, managing, and growing a nonprofit program. Learn more.

11.07.19 | Atlanta

DOING LAB | Write the Marketing Plan

Write the plan you need to raise awareness, attract clients, find donors, and get the word out about your organization. Learn more.

11.21.19 | Atlanta

DOING LAB | Write the Marketing Plan

Write the plan you need to raise awareness, attract clients, find donors, and get the word out about your organization. Learn more.

12.03.19 | Online

GAgives on #GivingTuesday 2019

12.03.19 | Atlanta

DOING LAB | Write the Annual Development Plan

Write a 12-month development plan for fundraising, donor engagement, social media, and your annual appeal in this 2-session Lab. Learn more.

12.04.19 | Atlanta

Certificate of Change Management

Learn to effectively drive change in this two-day overview of change management theory and strategies for driving a change process, managing resistance to change, and helping others more effectively support your agenda for change. Learn more.