Nonprofit University® Helps Georgia's Nonprofits Prepare for the 2010 Georgia General Assembly

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The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) announced today through its Nonprofit University ® that it will be offering a series of courses focused specifically on helping nonprofits successfully navigate through the Georgia General Assembly, which opens in January, 2010. Especially in light of the economy's impact on the nonprofit sector, it is more important than ever that nonprofits have the tools needed to make sure their voice is heard - both loud and clear - within the legislature.

Choose Your Issue and Develop a Plan

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) announced today through its Nonprofit University ® that it will be offering a series of courses focused specifically on helping nonprofits successfully navigate through the Georgia General Assembly, which opens in January, 2010.

Especially in light of the economy's impact on the nonprofit sector, it is more important than ever that nonprofits have the tools needed to make sure their voice is heard -- both loud and clear -- within the legislature. "It is very important to the ongoing health of our communities that we focus on educating both nonprofit professionals and their respective board members, on how they can prepare in advance to better position themselves within the General Assembly next year. It is certainly going to be an interesting year - one filled with both challenges and opportunities for all of us" said Nancy Longacre, VP of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. Organizations can certainly get a "leg up" by planning now for next year's session and making sure the General Assembly is aware of their needs and the increased demand for their services. Legislators need accurate information to make effective policies and to distribute public dollars effectively. Nonprofits can be well positioned to provide the insights and data, and to be important contributors to the decisions that drive Georgia's economic recovery.

Nonprofit University will be offering the following upcoming courses: "Choose Your Issue and Develop a Plan" (October 20, 2009), "How the System Works & How to Work the System" (November 17, 2009) and "Calling on People, Building Alliances, Forming Trust" (December 15, 2009.) Detailed information on each class, scholarship availability and how to register online, 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. GCN 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.

About the Nonprofit University:
Nonprofit University is the most advanced resource available today that is specifically designed for nonprofit professional development. Nonprofits send their staff, volunteers and board members to Nonprofit University's comprehensive training programs to be more competitive and to get the skills and knowledge needed for success within the nonprofit sector.

Developed with the feedback of hundreds of the most successful nonprofit practitioners and professional subject matter experts, the curricula is competency based, credible and meets the standards demanded by today's nonprofit industry.

For more information about Nonprofit University, call 678-916-3030 or email at nl (at) gcn.org. For more about the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, call 678-916-3030 or visit http://www.gcn.org.

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