For more than 30 years, the Gwinnett Coalition has advanced the well-being of the community by convening and collaborating with local nonprofits, faith-based organizations, government, business leaders, and concerned citizens. Its mission to lead systems change by advancing equity and addressing complex social issues is accomplished through three pillars of work: health equity, mental and behavioral health, and a new initiative focused on capacity-building. With this new initiative, the Gwinnett Coalition aims to strengthen the nonprofit ecosystem by connecting organizations and equipping them with the resources necessary to achieve their mission.
Essentially, capacity building is enhancing a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission. This encompasses expanded accessibility to knowledge and programs for the nonprofit community and includes all aspects of leading and managing a nonprofit organization, including operations, programs, finance, etc. More than 1200 nonprofits and community-based organizations exist in Gwinnett County, and there is an opportunity—and a need—for the nonprofit sector to connect and align its efforts and resources to strengthen individual and collective impact. Since the community’s needs are greater than a single nonprofit’s ability, working better together as a sector will increase opportunities for problem solving, accelerate innovative approaches, and expand resources to serve Gwinnett’s most vulnerable residents.
To activate this pillar, the Gwinnett Coalition has partnered with Collective Edge, a firm specializing in developing and implementing initiatives for nonprofits from ideation to execution. The process involves a phased approach that includes conducting market research, hosting Gwinnett-based NPO and CBO focus groups, and program development. The Gwinnett Coalition plans to launch this new pillar that connects and supports the nonprofit sector in the first quarter of 2024.
“Collective Edge, LLC is a purpose driven company,” said Founder & Principal Cally D’Angelo. “It is an honor to work alongside the Gwinnett Coalition to create a program that will make such an impact in an already amazing community.”
D’Angelo has nearly 20 years of experience in community development, working for Chambers of Commerce across the state of Georgia. Her devotion for serving the community began at the Statesboro – Bulloch Chamber of Commerce & Development Authority. Additionally, her career has taken her to the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, Visit Tybee, and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. For the last 10 years, she has called Gwinnett home and has worked in various roles at the Gwinnett Chamber. Known for innovation and implementation of key initiatives, she has served on boards or as an instructor at the following organizations: Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Georgia Chamber, Gwinnett County Community Outreach, U.S. Chamber Foundation, and World Trade Center Atlanta. Driven by impact, being an entrepreneur enables her to pursue passion projects, while utilizing her years of expertise. D’Angelo is a respected leader and brings a wealth of knowledge to the nonprofit capacity building space.
“We are delighted to have Cally leading the development of this new pillar. She has a breadth of professional experience, deep community relationships, and a passion for Gwinnett County. In July, she hit the ground running and is doing a stellar job of advancing our goals to strengthen organizations and accelerate the collective impact of the nonprofit sector,” says Gwinnett Coalition President and CEO Renee Byrd-Lewis.