Sunday, February 24, 2008

Georgia Center for Nonprofits Newsletter

HH Note: This isn't anywhere near as pretty as the version you'll receive if you sign up to get the GCN weekly newsletter. It's always chocked full of links and interesting information. We won't be posting it on a regular basis, just thought we'd drop it in here this time for those who weren't aware GCN existed:

ideas and know-how
Enterprising Nonprofits Redefine the Business of Social ChangeEntrepreneurial behavior has gained a renewed foothold in the nonprofit world. And, by all accounts, it's on the rise. At the same time, the business sector is steadily increasing its focus on more strategic approaches to making a community investment. Read the entire article here. >>

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a sampling of ways to build your knowledge, skills, career, and staff
Learn more about Nonprofit University and check out the full course catalog here. Courses are added frequently – so check the catalogue for updates!

Class Spotlight: How Do We Create a Successful Helpful Board of Directors?
Tuesday, 2/26/2008 – Jack BeckfordLearn and discuss strategies to invigorate, orient, challenge, train and manage a Board of Directors so they do their job most effectively. How do you find and recruit new members? How do you keep current members? Do you want Directors or volunteer staff? Do you want leadership or managers? What should a Board do to be most useful to a nonprofit? Come and discuss it all. For Board members, Board chairs and staff leadership of nonprofit organizations.Below is a sample of individual courses being offered now (for the full schedule go to:
How Do We Create a Successful Helpful Board of Directors?
Jack Beckford
Essentials in Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certificate Course 3: Creating High Performance Teams
Terri Theisen
IRS 990 Form Overview
Shelley Parnes
Human Resources- Compliance/Harassment
Gwen Thomas
How do You Start this Volunteer Management Thing Anyway?
Marty Atherton
Essentials in Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certificate Course 4: Board Relations and Management
Terri Theisen
Basic Grantwriting
Tina Jones Dantzler
Nonprofit Incorporation - Set Up a Successful 501 C3
John Eaton
Beginning Quickbooks
Shelley Parnes

GCN's Nonprofit University initiative is moving ahead on many fronts. GCN staff and an external team of experts are currently working on a new Information Technology track that will eventually lead to an "essentials" certificate program in this important nonprofit functional area. To help ensure we design/develop the right sequence of courses, GCN and our IT team invite you to participate in a brief survey that will help us tailor this class to fit your needs. Please take a few minutes to take the survey here before March 7th, to contribute toward this exciting effort.

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits is excited to announce the continuation of our Open Seat Matching Program (OSMP). OSMP allows nonprofit professionals to take continuing education and professional development courses offered by two of Atlanta's premier higher education institutions, at significantly reduced prices. Courses are available in leadership development, managing innovation, business ethics, marketing strategies, negotiation skills, change management and strategic planning. For more information, go here.

Nonprofit University is proud to be authorized by SHRM's (Society of Human Resource Management) Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), as an "approved provider" of HR-related courses. Check our full course catalog for a full listing of HR courses in 2008.

Several weeks ago, GCN was pleased to announce its inaugural offering of the Essentials Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. The 5-course sequence began in January, followed by classes scheduled for 2/5, 3/4, 3/25 and 4/15. Although GCN recommended taking the full certificate series, you may still register for March and April classes. If interested, you can complete the full certificate series when the courses repeat.

Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO)GCN is pleased to confirm the second annual ELPNO, scheduled this year for June 22-27 at the Emory Conference Center and Hotel. Click here to check out all the latest program details, including application information and deadline materials.Back by popular demand, Nonprofit University announces its Essentials of Fundraising and Development Certificate Program! Learn more and register here.

in view an overview of events, opportunities and connecting points

Save the Date for the 18th Annual Georgia Nonprofit Summit from May 5 – 6th at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. Two days of thought provoking workshops, inspiring keynote speakers, complimentary consulting clinics with seasoned experts in their field, networking opportunities and much, much more! For more information and to register online,

Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award 2008 – Nominations are being accepted for the Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award. The award will be given on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at the Georgia Nonprofit Summit. The intent of the award is to celebrate and recognize a Georgia nonprofit leader's innovative and strategic efforts that have had a significant impact on a community. This award, a check in the amount of $15,000 written to the winner's organization, is made available by the Evelyn G. Ullman family. The deadline for 2008 nominations is Friday March 21, 2008. More information can be found online at

Georgia Center for Nonprofits 2008 Lunch & Learn Series: Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft
There is still time to RSVP for the March edition of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits 2008 Lunch & Learn Series! Join us on March 7, 2008 at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits from 11:00am to 12:30pm. This event is FREE of charge and lunch with be served! Identity Fraud is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting millions of new victims each year. Learn what things you can do to help protect your identity. The Georgia Center for Nonprofits in conjunction with Liberty Mutual is hosting a FREE seminar where we'll show you some simple things you can do to reduce your risk of becoming a victim.

Learn how to verify the integrity of a website when shopping online
Learn about Phishing
Understand the importance of reviewing your credit reports and how to obtain them Seating is limited, to RSVP please click here! If you are having problems with the link, cut and paste this link into your browser:

Questions? Contact Jamar Hilton Jeffers, Membership Director, at 678-916-3019 or via email at

GCN Revolutions Awards 2008 - Announcing call for Nominations! The purpose of the annual Revolutions Award is to recognize revolutionary leaders within Georgia's nonprofit sector and celebrate them–while inspiring and motivating others.The Revolutions Award will be awarded for two categories at the Georgia Nonprofit Summit at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on May 6, 2008.

Outstanding Nonprofit Organization (one winner selected)
Outstanding Nonprofit Leader (one winner selected) Applications must be completed and submitted to GCN by Friday March 14, 2008. Click here for full details about the awards and nomination process...

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative™, an exciting program designed to recognize and encourage the many organizations and individuals making a positive impact within the community. To learn more about the awards and how to apply, go here.

The Atlanta Nonprofit Professionals March Career Growth Event Date and Time: Monday, March 10th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.Location: The Atlanta Opera Center, 1575 Northside Drive, NW, Building 300, Suite 350, Atlanta 30318. Click Here for directions. Click Here for directions.

Topic: Personal Finance Planning for Nonprofit Professionals.Speaker: Melissa Bentley, Financial Planner with Ronald Blue & Co., member of the Georgia Chapter of the Financial Planning Association. R.S.V.P. for this event here.

Announcing the Opportunity Knocks 2008 Nonprofit Retention and Vacancy Report.The Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Opportunity Knocks receive many requests from nonprofit employers for data to compare themselves to determine if the turnover in their organization is "normal". Opportunity Knocks conducted its own survey for this report to provide nonprofits with valuable information and suggestions for addressing turnover and vacancy rates. The goal of the report is to establish a benchmark for turnover rates, discover why employees leave, where they go and determine what nonprofits are doing to address this issue. Click here to download a free copy of the report.

Media Justice Grant Opportunity, Proposals must be received by February 29, 2008

The Fund for Southern Communities, as part of the Funding Exchange's Media Justice Fund, seeks proposals for grants in two categories:

Community Media Collaborations (CMC) – projects: work that address media policy, infrastructure or accountability within the context of a social justice issue or campaign; and
Media Justice Toolkits (MJT) – popular education materials that motivate local communities to address the impact of media policy on grassroots communities; promotion media awareness and/or media activism; support or creation of community controlled, independent media infrastructure; and advocacy and outlining concrete steps for media activists. For more information, go here

Healthcare Georgia Foundation and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits: March 14, 2008 application deadlineIn keeping with its dedication to supporting nonprofit healthcare organizations that serve Georgia's communities, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation is partnering once again with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits in delivering a capacity-building program across the state. This is an opportunity for organizations to participate in a process of organizational assessment. Learn about your organization without using funds from your operational budget. This voluntary assessment program, a $3500 value, will be provided at no cost to the nonprofits selected to participate. For more information contact Tiffany Jones McCrary, professional services manager at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, at

Arts Loan Fund
The Arts Loan Fund, a program of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, helps nonprofit arts organizations meet short term capital needs by providing loans. The Loan Fund allows organizations to weather times of short-term cash crisis, seize immediate growth opportunities that require some investment or maintain steady operations while waiting for pledged public or private grant funds or other verifiable sources of funds to come in. Because of its year-round accessibility and quick approval process, it serves as a valuable source of alternative short-term financing for organizations that typically juggle cyclical grant payments and seasonal ticket sales. In most cases, applicants will be notified of the decision on their application within two weeks. Non-profit arts organizations with at least three years' operating experience can apply for loans to meet their need for short-term liquidity without sacrificing long-term capital investments. To learn more visit: or contact Sandy Kring, Administrator, at 404-526-1130 or

member spotlight
The Atlanta Track Club Foundation, Inc.

The Atlanta Track Club Foundation, Inc., was founded in the late 1980's with a mission to promote track and field, distance running, and allied events in the State of Georgia. Created with the endorsement of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Track Club, the ATC Foundation was established through a donation from the Atlanta Track Club and has received generous donations of the years from the organization. The ATC Foundation operates as an independent and separate entity, through cordial cooperation with the Atlanta Track Club. Visit them at

View the Center's newest members or learn more about the benefits of membership.
funder spotlight Funders that support Early Childhood Education:
The Sarah Giles Moore Foundation
The Goizueta Foundation
The Merancas Foundation, Inc.
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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