First Ever Nonprofit Innovation Jam To Be Held At The Annual Georgia Nonprofit Summit On May 11, 2009

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The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) proudly announces the first ever "Nonprofit Innovation Jam" to be held at the 18th Annual Georgia Nonprofit Summit on May 11th at the Americas Mart in Atlanta, Georgia. The Nonprofit Innovation Jam is a brainstorming session engaging the best minds in the nonprofit sector to collectively uncover great ideas and solve problems.

We are so excited about the launching the first ever Nonprofit Innovation Jam

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) proudly announces the first ever "Nonprofit Innovation Jam" to be held at the 18th Annual Georgia Nonprofit Summit on May 11th at the Americas Mart in Atlanta, Georgia.

As the world transforms around us, nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector - are under huge pressure to deliver impact and sustain their work amidst mounting challenges. We also know that nonprofits have some of the smartest people working in and revolving around them. So, GCN thought, if two heads are better than one, imagine what would happen if hundreds and even thousands of the best minds in the sector focused on thinking about how to refine or transform how they lead, manage, govern and approach their nonprofit missions. "We all have a basic grasp of the challenges, and now it's time to move our collective energy towards solutions," said Karen Beavor, President and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

The Nonprofit Innovation Jam is a brainstorming session engaging the best minds in the nonprofit sector to collectively uncover great ideas and solve problems.

  • The first objective is to uncover great thinking about approaches and solutions that will further the impact of the nonprofit sector and help them to innovate the way they approach challenging problems and to progress ideas forward into great solutions.
  • The second objective is to identify the champions and catalysts that have the energy and vision to motivate and coordinate others to move these ideas and approaches forward into full blown solutions.

The Nonprofit Innovation Jam will use a combination of facilitated in-person ideation sessions and virtual sessions via a social media platform to build an impressive ideation event. Arising from these ideas will be the seeds of new solutions and approaches that will advance nonprofit work in powerful innovative ways using new business models, new technology, new methods of planning and collaboration between nonprofit professionals, business leaders, philanthropic leaders, and community stakeholders.

GCN's desire is that the Innovation jam will empower and compel all participants regardless of job, stature, age or other descriptor to view themselves as the leaders of their communities and to work together to develop innovative solutions to the community's most critical problems.

"We are so excited about the launching the first ever Nonprofit Innovation Jam," said Karen Beavor. "Because the Nonprofit Innovation Jam is all about bringing great minds and diverse perspectives together to discover new solutions to long-standing problems. This is absolutely the essence of collaborative innovation. Everyone has a voice and a place at the table."

More information on the Georgia Nonprofit Summit and the Innovation Jam can be found at: http://www.gcn.org.

About the Georgia Center for Nonprofits
An all-in-one resource for and about Georgia's nonprofit sector, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits works to serve, strengthen and support nonprofit, charitable organizations statewide. The Center provides nonprofits with the resources and tools they need to be most effective; promotes partnerships between nonprofits and foundations, businesses and government to meet critical needs; and helps state and local policy-makers and the public, understand and support the work of nonprofits. More information is available online at http://www.gcn.org.

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