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

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

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, July 12, 2013

ATLANTA, July12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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.


The case studies are the result of the Building Community Network (BCN)
initiative. Now in its sixth year hosting BCN, The Home Depot Foundation has
invested nearly $3 million in 110 of Atlanta's top-performing nonprofits. As
part of the initiative, GCN and The Home Depot Foundation sponsor a yearly
case study competition that recognizes best practices in the areas of
leadership, programming, collaboration and innovation within Georgia's
nonprofit sector. The annual Nonprofit IMPACT Awards recognize the very best
case studies.

The theme of this year's case study competition was leadership – in all its
dimensions, from developing mentoring programs to coalition building. Each
in-depth case study explores the tactics employed by an Atlanta nonprofit
leader in addressing their challenges, such as assembling an environmental
"super team" to creating a Georgia art museum from the ground up.

"These are bold, visionary leaders," said Karen Beavor, President and CEO of
the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. "Their stories are prescriptions for how a
high-performing nonprofit leader can achieve transformative impact for their

The winners of this year's awards and runners-up are all featured in the 2013
Nonprofit IMPACT Awards Case Studies document, available for download on the
Georgia Center for Nonprofits' website at This year's honorees include:

  oBuilding Leaders for the Sector

       oWinner | Atlanta Ballet, Internal And External Mentorship Program
       oRunner-up | Goodwill of North Georgia, Securing a Future with a
         Professional Development Engine

  oDeveloping Strategic Partnerships

       oWinner | Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Collaborating to Restore the
         Chattahoochee River Basin
       oRunner-up | Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Leveraging Listening

  oPromoting Personal Leadership

       oWinner | The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Creating a
         One-of-a-Kind Museum
       oRunner-up | TechBridge, Driving the Sector Forward with Smart

  oValuing All Voices

       oWinner | Voices for Georgia's Children, Serving and Growing a Network
         of Advocates for Georgia's Children
       oRunner-up | True Colors Theatre Company, Directing a Turnaround

GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor praised the winners and urged other
nonprofit professionals to read the case studies as examples of the principles
and practicalities of high-performance leadership.

"There are 'red thread' themes common to each of these leadership success
stories," Beavor said. "These case studies allow all of us to see how our
peers are developing leaders, folding that commitment into core strategy,
getting their teams to buy-in, and aligning all of these goals with their
mission. "

Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation, agreed. "We feel it
is especially important to support local Atlanta nonprofits by sharing with
the larger community the exemplary stories of their incredible performance.
By creating a partnership with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and
highlighting the best practices within Atlanta's nonprofit sector, we hope to
provide a successful model for other nonprofits to replicate."

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 throughoutGeorgia.Learn more at, follow us on Twitter @GAnonprofits, and like us on Facebook at

About The Home Depot Foundation

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than
$300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local
communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us
on Facebook at

Betsy Reid
Communications Director
(678) 916-3028

Tom Zimmerman
Communications Manger

SOURCE Georgia Center for Nonprofits

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