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Nonprofit Summit Recap

May 2, 2024


Welcome to our Nonprofit Summit Recap, where we celebrate the impactful moments from our recent event! Designed for nonprofit executive leadership, staff, volunteers and board members, the Nonprofit Summit featured diverse programming by sought-after nonprofit and industry professionals, philanthropists, and corporate partners.

We are thrilled to share this collection of inspiring testimonials from our nonprofit leaders, who graciously shared their experiences and the reasons they chose to attend. Their heartfelt reflections highlight the passion and dedication that drive our community forward.

In addition, we also captured some unforgettable photos throughout the day. These snapshots highlight the energy, collaboration, and joy that defined the Summit. So, take a few moments to immerse yourself in the highlights below. We trust that these stories and images will inspire you as much as they have inspired us.

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Presentation slides for each breakout session are available under the Learning Tracks section at the bottom of this page.

Who Attended?

Nonprofit professionals, fundraisers, and leaders from the CSRA, including those working in marketing, program development, and finance. Attendees included everyone from organization staff and volunteers to board members and consultants.

Why Did They Attend?

The goal of the Summit was to provide dynamic, affordable, capacity building education and resources for nonprofit board members, staff members and volunteers. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from expert speakers and panelists, participate in breakout sessions, share resources with fellow attendees and deepen community connections.

Panel Session

Diversifying Resources

Moderated by: Shell Berry, CEO, Community Foundation for the CSRA

Featuring: David A. Jackson, AVP, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Vetia Searcy, Business Strategist & Tax Credit Consultant, IVS Advisors; Hawthorne Welcher, Jr., Director, Augusta Housing & Community Development;

Diversify your development portfolio with alternate funding vehicles. Attendees heard from experts to demystify government grants, tax credits and working with lending partners to further their mission and deepen their impact.

Keynote Speakers

Building Blocks - Affordable Housing: Stats, Facts and What it Means for You

“The Mike Show”
Featuring Mike Alexander, COO, and Mike Carnathan, Researcher, Atlanta Regional Commission

The lack of access to affordable housing has a host of negative impacts on our community. Housing cost-burdened families experience grater stress relating to food insecurity, health care, employment and overall social stability. The dialogue around affordable housing often centers, as it should, on supply, but this ongoing challenge is one that the nonprofit community should rally around collectively. Attendees heard from industry data experts on the current situation in Augusta and its impact on those we serve.

Building Blocks

Purpose Built Communities

Evan Smith & Alex Wiggins

The power of collaboration isn’t new, yet collaboration is essential if we hope to tackle complex issues like housing affordability. The good news is that we have promising examples of ways the social sector can join forces with neighborhood leaders and other leaders from the business and civic sectors to achieve more by working together.

Purpose Built

From Data to Impact: Harnessing ALICE to Create Lasting Community Change

Brittany Burnett, President and CEO, United Way of the CSRA, Chair of United for ALICE: Georgia

Staff from United Way presented on ALICE (Asset , Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and how to translate ALICE information into action. Brittany demonstrated how our nonprofit community can use ALICE data to inform strategies and decisions around work and investments in the CSRA.


Learning Tracks

The Nonprofit Summit breakout sessions offer 5 learning tracks designed to cover multiple roles and functions across your organization:

Executive: focused on building your leadership skills in managing people, motivating teams, strategic planning, board relations and more.

Battling Burnout Effective Teambuilding

Programmatic: focused on the creation, implementation, management and evaluation of mission-based programs and services that deepen your impact in the community.

Collaboration Impact Through Outcomes

Development: focused on giving fundraising professionals the tools needed to successfully identify and secure resources for organizational sustainability.

Grant Writing Fundraising Success

Finance: focused on the basics of nonprofit financial management and how to determine the full cost of operating a nonprofit.

Accounting for Your Mission

Marketing: focused on communicating your cause, gaining more supporters, and increasing your reach through social media, public relations and more.

Creating Compelling Content

2024 Nonprofit Training Gold Sponsors

2024 Nonprofit Training Silver Sponsors

Here to Help!

If you would like more information on our 2024 Nonprofit Summit, please contact Lasima Turmon, Sr. Program Officer here or at 706-724-1314.