Checklist for Giving

While passion is what may drive the vision of a nonprofit, it is close attention to the mission and business plan that allows a nonprofit to make a significant impact on our communities. The Community Foundation has always believed this focus on management expertise is essential when considering how to invest in a nonprofit organization. Since 1984, the Foundation has recognized metro area nonprofit organizations that demonstrate outstanding managerial achievement and thoughtful planning through our Managing for Excellence Award, sponsored by the Boston Consulting Group, Atlanta Office. 
Our Common Good Funds and all other competitive grantmaking are focused on supporting those strong, effective organizations that are making an impact in our region. And we share information about what makes a strong nonprofit with you, our donors. In 2003, The Community Foundation revamped the Managing for Excellence program identifying more than 80 specific characteristics of well-managed organizations. The characteristics came from promising practices identified by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the United Way of Central Georgia, the Council on Accreditation, the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations and others and include a focus on the following areas: 

  • governance
  • fiscal management
  • planning
  • resource development
  • marketing and communications
  • volunteer management
  • human resources
  • operations
  • collaboration
  • program management

Download Your Checkist for Giving

We have summarized these essential characteristics of management in Your Checklist for Giving that can be found here. To learn more about highly effective nonprofits, please contact your philanthropic advisor at 404-688-5525.


Neighborhood Nexus

Neighborhood Nexus,  a community initiative of The Community Foundation, is preparing to become the “one-stop shop” data source for information on communities in metro Atlanta. Read more about this growing information resource, and how it is helping strengthen the Atlanta region.  

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