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Georgia Nonprofit NOW

GCN’s quarterly magazine, delivered directly to every one of our member organizations and partners, takes a practical and insightful look at the issues you deal with every day—issues of leadership, innovation, fundraising, advocacy, communications, management, and more. 

Inside each issue of Georgia Nonprofit NOW, you'll find opinion and advice from sector leaders and content experts, thoughtful guides, fresh insight from our original research, reports from member events, a round-up of the latest news from across the GCN community, and much more.


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No. 27 | Summer 2019

In our summer edition, NOW delivers a look at the four types of nonprofit leaders, an in-depth interview with Candid EVP Jacon Harold, new research into corporate-nonprofit partnerships (just in time for GAgives campaign planning), how MAAC developed their Theory of Change, and tips for managing an intergenerational board, engaging employees, and putting a stop to workplace bullying – plus more!

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No. 26 | Spring 2019

This season, NOW brings you practical lessons from some of our top consultants and Nonprofit University instructors, including Kathy Keeley on outcomes measures, Christal Cherry on donor love, April Voris on social media, and more – plus HR secrets from Southface and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, and an in-depth account of the partnership that’s helping New American Pathways manage major changes in refugee policy.

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No. 25 | Winter 2019

Gearing up for 2019, we present an expert look at nonprofit sector watchdogs from the CPAs at Mauldin & Jenkins, a funder-ready case for improving employee compensation, an in-depth lesson on diversity and inclusion, the inventive new ideas competition at Jewish Family & Career Services, and much, much more.

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No. 24 | Fall 2018

Learn about the innovative advances of GCN members and partners: the practices and strategies that are multiplying impact, sharpening talent, leveraging supporters, and demonstrating exactly why we’re needed on the front lines of Georgia’s most pressing challenges.

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No. 23 | Summer 2018

This season’s issue features #GivingTuesday advice from movement leader Henry Timms and Georgia’s own top campaigners, plus CEO-level strategies for recruiting and retaining talent, principles for aligning your marketing and fundraising teams, how Susan G. Komen topped their own top fundraiser, and much more.

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No. 22 | Spring 2018

In this issue, you’ll join a discussion of workforce diversity (including new proof of its promise), sit in on performance measures training, collect tips for the talent hunt, discover why corporations need you now, help the campaign for an accurate 2020 Census, build a better communications team, and much more.

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No. 21 | Winter 2018

Presenting our NOW winter edition, a roundup of reporting over the past quarter, leading with trend insight from CEO Karen Beavor and a primer on strategic HR from Nonprofit University. Also in this issue: sector leaders weigh in on how they tackle fundraising appeals, mergers, employee wellness, skilled volunteer projects, marketing campaigns, and more, plus alliance-building tips from Consulting VP José Bright.

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No. 20 | Summer 2017

In our annual innovation issue, we're proud to showcase more than thirty IDEAS from the GCN community that are pushing nonprofit work beyond the limits of the day, and setting new standards in service, operations, and outreach. Also featured: a tip-filled discussion of major gifts programs, an HR insight roundup from Work for Good, the head of the American Express Foundation on corporate philanthropy's rising profile, the evolution of Georgia Gives, and more.

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No. 19 | Spring 2017

We’re focusing on what it takes to lead through change, including practices for weathering uncertain times; an introduction and invitation to GCN’s new advocacy coalition; and a look at how members are scaling up, rebranding, joining forces, and building cultural intelligence. Plus: Crafting your resource development plan, strategy from GPB’s new head of fundraising, and more.

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No. 18 | Winter 2017

Inside, you'll find of-the-moment testimony on nonprofit-grantmaker relationships, the dynamics of diverse workplaces, collaborative leadership, and fulfilling professional potential, demonstrating how GCN works to educate every sector stakeholder through a community of learning. Plus: the urgent challenge for sector advocacy, a conversation with Ambassador Andrew Young, the Georgia Gives Day results you made possible, and more.

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No. 17 | Fall 2016

Come Together: That’s how Georgia’s nonprofits, philanthropies, and corporate partners achieve breakthrough results on Georgia Gives Day and throughout the year—with help from GCN’s training and sector-building efforts, as featured in our latest issue. 

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No. 16 | Summer 2016

Once again, we bring you our IDEAS issue, featuring a roundup of the innovative programs, practices, and partnerships animating our member organizations and pushing new frontiers of impact—plus a look at some of the ground-breaking collaborations set into motion by our Building Community Network and a discussion of the advantages an entrepreneurial mindset can give you. Also featured: How to understand and advance your personal power style, a road map preparing you for Georgia Gives Day 2016, an interview with the new head of global philanthropy for General Motors, and more.

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No. 15 | Spring 2016

We’re spotlighting insights from GCN's first Nonprofit CEO Forum, where we shared new research on sector turnover and proven tactics for developing homegrown leaders. We also take a dive into our Nonprofit Consulting Group's process for Balanced Scorecard strategic planning, with testimony about the payoff from Community Assistance Center. Plus: collaboration secrets from "the largest peace-time mobilization in history," a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta campaign one hundred years in the making, the Frazer Center on diversifying board voices, and more. 

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No. 14 | Fall 2015 - Winter 2016

This double-issue offers a tip-filled look at nonprofit resource development today—from strategy to events, foundations, Millennial giving, online campaigns, and more. We’ve pulled together member stories of fundraising progress and success—in forging plans, throwing multi-dimensional events, and starting a culture-wide shift—with insight from experts in our Nonprofit Consulting Group, and news from Nonprofit University about the next level of fundraiser education. 

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No. 13 | Summer 2015

For our second IDEAS issue, we collected 36 stories of innovation from our members and partners across Georgia—from an office full of standing desks to a global model for sustainable highways to sector-jumping collaborations. We also spoke with award-winning entrepreneur David Cummings, founder of Atlanta Tech Village, heard from Park Pride ED Michael Halicki on the power of subsector diversity, and gathered our GCN Nonprofit Consulting Group experts to put three secrets for motivating the board into action.

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No. 12 | Spring 2015

We take you behind the scenes of GCN’s Momentum initiatives, talking with folks currently participating in the sector-raising process that’s building networks of high-performing nonprofits around the state. We also break down the results of our latest Taking Measure survey, a look at priorities and perceptions across the grantmaker-grantee community; recap the legislative session in nonprofit issues and hear from three members effecting change at the Gold Dome; learn about putting on a successful event from Kate’s Club; and more. Don’t miss the roundtable interview lead by CEO Karen Beavor, featuring the thoughts of four philanthropy leaders on the state of the grantmaker-grantee conversation.

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No. 11 | Winter 2015

How are nonprofits answering the call to achieve bigger, better, unprecedented results? Partnerships. In our winter issue, we’ve put together a primer on finding opportunities to collaborate and acting on them, with input from Georgia organizations multiplying their impact through partnerships. We also have interviews with Atlanta news legend Jocelyn Dorsey and the leadership duo who have brought Jewish Family and Career Services into its thirteenth decade, and Independent Sector CEO Diana Aviv sharing a fresh approach to collaborative network-building, All that, plus a look at the Balanced Scorecard approach to strategic planning, a recap of Georgia Gives Day 2014, and a roundup of nonprofit-friendly marketing resources.

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No. 10 | Fall 2014

Lead. It’s what you do every day, whether your title says so or not. Leadership is a muscle you build by doing, but it also takes training to realize your full potential—training, and a plan. In this issue, we look at a few aspects of that plan with help from leadership training experts at GCN and around the country. And we hear from Georgia leaders at Camp Twin Lakes and CHRIS Kids, Coca-Cola’s Lisa Borders, and others, about how they advance their ability to lead. We hope that what you read will help you take the next step: create a plan for developing your leadership skills, and help drive your organization—and your mission—to success.

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No. 9 | Summer 2014

In our first annual IDEAS Issue, NOW celebrates the ingenuity of our members, partners, and friends with a look at their most innovative work. Check out 39 breakout approaches covering every aspect of nonprofit management, from strategic planning to marketing, program expansion to data management, as well as partnerships, rebranding, mobilizing volunteers, and more. Plus: a discussion with Center for Civil and Human Rights CEO Doug Shipman on a decade of planning and shepherding a vision, and 2014 AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional Eileen Heisman on upcoming developments in philanthropy.

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No. 8 | Spring 2014

In our spring issue: a detailed guide to strategic planning backed by GCN research into the expectations of funders, a conversation with Points of Light director and candidate for Senate Michelle Nunn, and a discussion with the ED and board chair of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper about planning for the organization's first ever change of leadership. Plus: one successful social entrepreneur's vision of an economy fueled by pro bono work and a roundup of state legislation passed in the session just ended.

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No. 7 | Winter 2014

We start off the year with a look at what drives high performance boards, including new research on board member motivation, tools for analyzing and building your board, the individual leadership plans powering one member nonprofit’s “Superboard,” and more. We also continue our Board Chair-CEO discussion series with the leadership team at Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta, talk about Atlanta’s rededication to service with Mayor Kasim Reed, reveal major donors’ most pressing questions, and share some of the success stories coming out of Georgia Gives Day 2013. Plus: finding your fundraising bliss and learning from the Buffett way of investing.

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No. 6 | Fall 2013

Readying for your end of the year fundraising push? To help, we take a deep dive into the new frontier of giving: online donors. Find out what’s driving donors online, how to approach them, and why they’re your new cause champions, then learn about our plans for Georgia Gives Day 2013—including the tactics that drove five nonprofits to become our 2012 Gives Day All-Stars. Plus: discover what the Knight Foundation has been up to in three Georgia communities, the governing secrets of two top Bobby Dodd Institute leaders, and lessons from a decade in powerful advocate coalition-building by Voices for Georgia's Children.

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No. 5 | Summer 2013

In this season’s edition, find our insightful, expert guide to smart human resources practices; the secrets of MedShare’s leadership transition success; and Allen Proctor’s money-making model for money-losing operations (i.e., every nonprofit fulfilling its mission). Plus: a conversation with Atlanta Ballet’s CEO and board chair, Alicia Philipp on grantmaking and new projects from The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, how GCN's Momentum initiative is transforming a group of coastal nonprofits, and more.

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No. 4 | Winter 2013

We kick off 2013 with a broad look at ways to attract, retain, and develop your volunteer corp; critical results from our Metro Atlanta Veterans’ Services Research Project; and interviews with three freshly-minted CEOs, including Woodruff Arts Center’s Virginia Hepner on leading through transition. Plus: sector luminary Ann Cramer on Corporate Social Responsibility and her post-retirement plans; profiles of four award-winning, high-performance nonprofits; and more.

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No. 3 | Fall 2012

In this issue, we go deep into our Taking Measure survey to find out how the grantmaker-nonprofit relationship is changing, examine the trailblazing GCN-United Way Blueprint project that’s aligning entire communities on the Coast, and talk with Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis about the power of nonprofits. Plus: tips on succession planning and powerful board fundraising from the experts in GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group.

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No. 2 | Summer 2012

Our summer issue features a tip-filled guide to finding, developing, and sharing your nonprofit's stories; an interview with Mark Kramer, architect of the Collective Impact approach to complex social problems; perspective and advice from WXIA-11Alive President John Deushane; and a look at three Georgia nonprofits who won big at the Gold Dome. Plus: tips for safe and effective lobbying, findings from our Engaging the Nonprofit Workforce study, and more.

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No. 1 | Spring 2012

Georgia Nonprofit NOW debuts with impressive statistics from our groundbreaking study, The Economic Impact of Georgia’s Nonprofit Sector; an interview with Bridgespan Group Chairman and Co-Founder Thomas J. Tierney; and a report from William E. Burckart, of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, on the “New Frontiers of Philanthropy.” Plus: five steps to a strategic plan, finding your advocacy mojo, and more.

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