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#GivingTuesday 2018 was another record day of generosity for Georgia

(Dec. 3, 2018) This November, we asked Georgia to #showyourlove for nonprofits, and our state came together in a record outpouring of generosity and community spirit. Today, we are thrilled to report that our second GAgives on #GivingTuesday campaign netted a grand total of $7.5 million in donations for our state’s nonprofits – an increase of 10% from 2017 – including gifts of nearly $3.4 million through GAgives.org, and another $4.1 million across two dozen other donation platforms.

GAgives on #GivingTuesday: Our state’s annual giving day is November 27, 2018

(Oct. 31, 2018) This Nov. 27, GCN, as state organizing lead, prepares to field our second campaign unifying GAgives with the global #GivingTuesday initiative, following up a record-setting 2017 event that raised $6.8 million for 3,000 Georgia nonprofits, and building on the year-over-year growth of both movements.

Leading the future of Georgia’s nonprofits: Announcing this year’s 30 Under 30 honorees

(August 25, 2018) GCN and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Atlanta are proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Nonprofit Leader 30 Under 30 Awards program, continuing the four-year-old collaboration between two organizations dedicated to serving the local nonprofit sector and supporting its next-generation leaders.

New Mission:Money Initiative Tackles Financial Wellness for the Nonprofit Workforce

(July 18, 2018) As the next step in its ongoing mission to help nonprofits succeed, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) has launched Mission:Money, a unique initiative designed to increase financial wellness among mission-minded professionals. This partnership between GCN and the SunTrust Foundation addresses a critical sector need by delivering free resources and training for employees and employers both.

The Power of Purpose: New Workforce Survey Provides Candid Insight for Nonprofits to Attract and Retain Top Talent

(April 16, 2018) According to new research from Work for Good, that draw is both powerful and lasting:  These purpose-driven professionals report high workplace engagement – nearly three times the national average – plus healthy satisfaction rates. And they are committed: Nearly 9 in 10 plan to stay in nonprofits for the rest of their careers. The full results of that research are now available: The nonprofit workforce speaks: Candid insight to attract, engage, and retain top mission-driven talent is a new ebook published by Work for Good, a leading national nonprofit job board and employer resource, and program of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

The Home Depot Foundation Awards Collaborative Innovation Grants to Seven Atlanta Nonprofit Partnerships

(February 6, 2018) Continuing their decade-long Building Community Network partnership, GCN and The Home Depot Foundation are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Collaborative Innovation Grants competition. The Home Depot Foundation is providing a total of $317,000 to seven Atlanta nonprofit partnerships that will further the “greening” of neighborhoods, expand access to no-cost medical equipment, bring free opera performances to the BeltLine, and much more.

Thirty young professionals leading the future of Georgia’s nonprofits: Announcing this year’s 30 Under 30 award winners

(December 7, 2017)  GCN and YNPN Atlanta are proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Nonprofit Leader 30 Under 30 Awards program, continuing the four-year-old collaboration between two organizations dedicated to serving the local nonprofit sector.

Georgia gives more than ever for GAgives on #GivingTuesday

(December 6, 2017)  Last Tuesday, Nov. 28, the state came together in an overwhelming show of generosity and community spirit for our very first GAgives on #GivingTuesday. Today, we are thrilled to report that a record $4 million was donated through GAgives.org, and another $2.8 million was reported from 36 other major donation platforms – raising a grand total of $6.8 million for Georgia nonprofits in our state’s first unified #GivingTuesday campaign.

GAgives on #GivingTuesday: Our state’s annual giving day is November 28, 2017

(November 22, 2017)  On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, GAgives on #GivingTuesday will present Georgians with an easy but powerful way to keep the season of thanks going (and a feel-good respite from the annual shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

Georgia Gives Day and #GivingTuesday Unite

(August 31, 2017)  Two successful social campaigns raising awareness and funds for the nonprofit sector are aligning forces, combining Georgia’s biggest day of giving with a growing worldwide phenomenon. The first GAgives on #GivingTuesday happens November 28, 2017.

Georgia Gives Day Raises A Record $3.9M for Nonprofits

(November 18, 2016) Yesterday, the state proved it can Come Together in a frenzy of generosity around Georgia Gives Day to help and give hope to those who need it. Nonprofit organizations motivated Georgia’s donors to open their hearts to the tune of $3.9 million. 

Come Together for Georgia Gives Day

(November 14, 2016) People, nonprofits, and business across the state will Come Together for the fifth annual Georgia Gives Day on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

The Future of Georgia’s Nonprofits Honored with “30 Under 30” Awards

(November 1, 2016) GCN and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Atlanta are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Nonprofit Leader “30 Under 30” Awards program.

GCN Announces Kathy Keeley as New Exec VP of Programs

(October 5, 2016) GCN has named Kathy Keeley, former Executive Director of All About Developmental Disabilities, as its new Executive Vice President of Programs. 

Come Together for Georgia Gives Day

(October 4, 2016) People, nonprofits, and business across the state will Come Together for the fifth annual Georgia Gives Day on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Get Set for Georgia Gives Day

(July 27, 2016) The fifth annual Georgia Gives Day is on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Since the inaugural event in 2012, Georgia Gives Day has activated more than 54,000 donors, who have given upwards of $9 million to support more than 2,400 organizations across the state. 

Five Atlanta Nonprofits Becoming Better Businesses with GCN’s Momentum: Atlanta

(June 23, 2016) Five nonprofits in the metro area are hard at work learning how to improve both their business strategies and leadership skills as part of Momentum: Atlanta, the latest project of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Momentum program. 

Georgians Gear Up for Georgia Gives Day on November 12, 2015

(October 19, 2015) On Thursday, November 12, Georgians will show their support for the work and worth of nonprofits during the fourth annual Georgia Gives Day. From midnight to midnight, donors statewide are encouraged to visit GAgivesday.org and give to their favorites of more than 2,000 participating nonprofits. 

Graduation Day Approaches for 44 Nonprofits Completing Momentuma Process to Build Their Community Impact

(August 3, 2015) This month, nonprofit leaders from Macon, Augusta, Savannah, and Albany, together with foundation leaders from across the state, will celebrate the completion of Momentum for the Arts — a competitive and transformative multi-year process designed to help them build organizational strategy and leadership that leads them to higher impact in their communities. 

Fourth Annual Georgia Gives Day Set for Nov. 12, 2015 

(May 21, 2015) GCN announced today that the fourth annual Georgia Gives Day will take place on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. This state-wide online fundraiser will drive awareness and donations for participating nonprofits across Georgia, encouraging residents to come together for a 24-hour day of giving. Since the inaugural event in 2012, Georgia Gives Day has brought nearly 30,000 donors to more than 2,000 participating organizations, raising more than $5.1 million to support the nonprofits' individual causes.  

Capacity Building Grants Awarded to 45 Westside Atlanta Nonprofits Through Westside Momentum Initiative

(March 19, 2015) The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, in partnership with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, has announced 45 nonprofits selected to take part in Westside Momentum, a three-year capacity building initiative of the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund designed to increase the impact and sustainability of organizations based in Atlanta’s historic Castleberry Hill, English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods. 

Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund Accepting Applications for Capacity Building Grants

(Jan. 8, 2015) The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, in partnership with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, today announced the open application process and guidelines for Westside Momentum, a three-year capacity building initiative of the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund. 

Georgia Nonprofits Raise $2.2 Million on Georgia Gives Day 2014

(Nov. 14, 2014) As the clock struck midnight on the third annual Georgia Gives Day, the tally stood at a record-breaking $2,296,759. Today, more than 2,000 nonprofits across the state celebrate the virtual outpouring of support from 17,742 Georgians—the biggest day of giving in our state's history. 

Thirty Georgia Nonprofit Pros Honored with "30 Under 30" Awards

(Aug. 26, 2014) GCN and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Atlanta are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Nonprofit Leader “30 Under 30” Awards program, a collaboration of GCN and YNPN Atlanta. 

Third Annual Georgia Gives Day to take place Nov. 13, 2014

(Aug. 13, 2014) The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) announces the third annual Georgia Gives Day will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.

Atlanta Nonprofit Leaders Planning for Week of Professional Development "Field Trips"

(Aug. 7, 2014) As Georgia students go back to school, Atlanta nonprofit professionals are preparing to take part in their own version of a time-honored school tradition: the field trip.

Opportunity Knocks Announces the 2014 Atlanta Nonprofit Career Conference 

(May 28, 2014) Opportunity Knocks will host the 2014 Atlanta Nonprofit Career Conference on June 25, 2014, at the Smyrna Community Center. Opportunity Knocks is a program of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. 

Fourth Annual Georgia Gives Day Set for Nov. 12, 2015

(May 21, 2014) GCN announced today that the fourth annual Georgia Gives Day will take place on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. This state-wide online fundraiser will drive awareness and donations for participating nonprofits across Georgia, encouraging residents to come together for a 24-hour day of giving.

Georgia Center for Nonprofits Names IBM's Steven Ferencie to the Board of Directors

(May 12, 2014) GCN has named Steven Ferencie to the Board of Directors to a three year term. 

Georgia Center for Nonprofits Announces Timothy A. Johnson as New Vice President

(May 6, 2014) GCN announces Timothy Johnson as its new Vice President, Consulting and Professional Services.  Johnson will oversee GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group, the leading consultancy for Georgia’s nonprofit executives and board members.

44 Georgia Nonprofits Selected to Take Part in Momentum, a Process to Build their Community Impact 

(Mar. 24, 2014) GCN announces 44 nonprofit arts organizations from across the state have been selected to take part in Momentum—a competitive and transformative multi-year process designed to help nonprofits build strategy and leadership that leads them to higher impact in their communities. 

Local and National Foundations partner to bring Nonprofit Business Strategy and Leadership Program to Augusta

AUGUSTA (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, 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.

Community Partners Team Up to Study Nonprofit Social Services in Bibb County

MACON (Feb. 4, 2014) The Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Peyton Anderson Foundation are partnering to perform a comprehensive study of social services support provided by nonprofits in Macon and surrounding Bibb County.

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

(Dec. 4, 2013) The Georgia Center for Nonprofits 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. 

Second Georgia Gives Day yields big wins for state's nonprofits 

(Nov. 14, 2013) As the clock struck midnight, the tally stood at $1,448,233. Today, nonprofits across Georgia celebrate the virtual outpouring of support from 11,257 Georgians who came together for the second annual Georgia Gives Day to show their support for 1,720 participating organizations across the state. 

Georgia Gives Day is Nov. 13: Nonprofits across the state are asking Georgians to "click if you care" 

(Nov. 4, 2013) Nearly 1,700 Georgia nonprofit organizations are putting the final touches on plans for what could be the biggest day of charitable giving in Georgia history. They'll be taking part in Georgia Gives Day on Wednesday, Nov. 13, when all Georgians are asked to visit GAgivesday.org and donate to the nonprofits that mean the most to them.

Nonprofits in Macon and Milledgeville considered for $83K incentive donation in support of second annual Georgia Gives Day

MACON (Nov. 1, 2013) Nonprofit organizations in Macon and Milledgeville are competing for $83,000 in incentive prizes to be awarded on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and they’re asking for the community’s help to win. Thanks to the generous support and partnership from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia will be pledging incentive funds to nonprofits based in and providing service in Bibb and Baldwin Counties. 

Nonprofit Employee Salaries Continue Modest and Steady Recovery, but Contributions to Health Benefits Decrease Overall 

(Sept. 10, 2013) More nonprofit organizations are reporting increased employee salaries in the past year than at any point since the economic downturn in 2008, according to new data published by Opportunity Knocks, a national job board and HR resource for nonprofit employers and job-seekers. (Opportunity Knocks is a program of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.) 

Georgia Center for Nonprofits Announces Second Annual Georgia Gives Day

(Aug. 13, 2013) On the heels of great success in 2012, GCN is kicking off its second annual Georgia Gives Day on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. This online fundraiser will benefit participating local nonprofits across the state, as Georgians come together for a 24-hour day of giving. 

Georgia Center for Nonprofits Announces Edward Shartar as New Board Chair

(August 2, 2013) The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) announces Edward Shartar, Managing Director at Diversified Search, as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.  Shartar, who most recently served as the Vice Chair, will serve a two-year term. 

Georgia Center for Nonprofits and The Home Depot Foundation Recognize Atlanta's High Impact Sector Leaders

(July 12, 2013) The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) and The Home Depot Foundation have partnered to recognize high-performance leadership in metro Atlanta nonprofits. Eight just-released case studies provide models for fellow sector leaders to develop their own high-impact initiatives. 

Georgia’s Nonprofit Leaders to Convene in Atlanta May 20-21 for Nonprofit Summit 2013: Ignite Possible
Fresh mix of thought-provoking programs, individual consulting, awards presentation and networking headline annual event

(May 14, 2013) Nonprofit leaders from across Georgia will be converging at the Sheraton Atlanta for next week’s Nonprofit Summit 2013: Ignite Possible. Presented annually since 1991 by GCN, Nonprofit Summit is the largest gathering of nonprofits in the Southeast.

Georgia Nonprofit Leaders to be Honored at Nonprofit Summit 2013
Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Revolutions Awards

(April 9, 2013) GCN is pleased to announce the nonprofit winners of the 2013 Revolutions Awards, sponsored by Warren Averett + GH&I.  Awards will be presented at the May 21st Nonprofit Awards Luncheon, a highlight of Nonprofit Summit 2013 at the Sheraton Atlanta.

GCN Announces Second Annual Georgia Gives Day
Georgians encouraged to rally together and give to local charities on Wednesday, Nov.13, 2013 for Georgia Gives Day

(Mar. 20, 2013) On the heels of great success in 2012, GCN is proud to announce the second annual Georgia Gives Day, a statewide, online fundraiser for local nonprofits. Georgians will come together to raise as much money and awareness as possible within a 24-hour period, this year on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

GCN Brings Philanthropic Leaders and Coastal Nonprofits Together
The Momentum Summit—A Day to Explore Opportunities for Collaboration

BRUNSWICK (Feb. 19, 2013) A group of 30 philanthropic leaders will arrive on Jekyll Island Thursday to meet with leaders of 50 local nonprofit organizations at the Momentum Summit. For the funders, many visiting for the first time, the goal is to learn more about the unique attributes of these local nonprofits, and the impact they are having on Georgia’s lower coastal communities. The Momentum Summit is the culmination of the intensive, two-year Momentum initiative, focused on building the capacity of nonprofits serving Charlton, Brantley, Camden and Glynn Counties.

Inaugural “Georgia Gives Day” Sets Precedent for Nonprofit Support in Georgia
Georgians rallied together for a flash mob of giving on Dec. 6 

(Dec. 7, 2012) Yesterday, thousands of Georgians came together for the inaugural Georgia Gives Day, hosted by GCN, for a day of giving. Within a 24-hour period, Georgia Gives Day and the more than 1,300 participating nonprofits across the state raised nearly $800,000. One hundred percent of proceeds raised from this initiative were directed to the respective participating nonprofits.

GCN and Gov. Nathan Deal declare inaugural statewide day of giving as “Georgia Gives Day”
Georgians encouraged to donate to their charity of choice on Dec. 6 

(Nov. 12, 2012) GCN announced today its inaugural statewide day of giving – Georgia Gives Day – on Dec. 6, 2012. The purpose of Georgia Gives Day is to bring the state together as one community, to raise as much money and awareness as possible for Georgia nonprofits within a 24-hour, flash mob of giving. One hundred percent of proceeds will go directly to participating nonprofits by donating through GAgivesday.org.

New research quantifies high economic impact of Georgia's growing nonprofit sector

(June 11, 2012) GCN's latest research report, The Economic Impact of Georgia’s Nonprofit Sector, quantifies our sector’s powerful and growing contribution to the state economy. With a total value of $96 billion in assets and $43 billion in expenditures each year—nearly 11% of our state’s gross state product—Georgia nonprofits are a powerful driver, and contributor to, the state economy. At $10 billion, the nonprofit payroll is bigger than the state’s construction, real estate or information technology sectors.
 

Georgia Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leaders to be Honored at 2012 Nonprofit Summit
Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Revolutions Awards and Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award 

(April 9, 2012) GCN is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Revolutions Awards and Evelyn G. Ullman Award, to be presented at the 21st Nonprofit Summit this year in Atlanta, May 21&22 at the Atlanta Sheraton. This annual event brings Georgia's nonprofit community together with sector thought leaders, content experts, leading funders and resource solution providers for two days to gain insights, get inspired, build skills and expand networks through keynotes, consulting, workshops and events.

GCN Joins Together with Southwest Airlines to Spread "Luv" to Georgia Nonprofits

(Feb. 13, 2012) On the eve of Valentine's Day, GCN is thrilled to announce a new program with Southwest Airlines to support our state's nonprofits.

A Ground-Breaking Initiative to Build "Momentum" for Georgia's Coastal Nonprofits Launches This Week
GCN is leading a partnership that brings together federal, state and local funders with community stakeholders to build capacity and impact for nonprofits serving some of the state's most challenged rural communities.

(Nov. 14, 2011) With this Thursday's kick-off event, the "Momentum" initiative breaks ground on a two-year project of intensive support for nonprofit organizations in Georgia's economically challenged coastal region to help them tackle pressing needs and deliver greater community impact. As one of only five federal capacity-building projects granted this year, GCN is tasked with leading this initiative to rapidly enhance the performance of 150 key nonprofits across Georgia's coastal region.

GCN Teams with Newell Rubbermaid to Spur Partnerships among Atlanta Education Nonprofits

(Nov. 15, 2010) Twenty-one education-focused nonprofit organizations in Atlanta are coming together for a new program designed to foster collaborations, thanks to a major investment by Newell Rubbermaid in collaboration with GCN.

Critical Tax Exemption for Georgia Nonprofits Affirmed by Supreme Court Decision

(Nov. 9, 2010) Today, Georgia nonprofits owning property and earning revenue through rentals or other income producing activities can relax for a moment. Yesterday, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a precedent-setting decision reversing a ruling by the Athens-Clarke County Board of Tax Assessors that would have eliminated the property tax exemption for a small area nonprofit, Nuçi’s Space, who rents its facility to raise funds for mental health services.