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ABOUT SGNN

HISTORY.

SGNN was formed in 2018 to provide professional development opportunities for leaders of nonprofit organizations serving South Georgia.

 

In September of that year, more than 100 nonprofit managers and staff attended SGNN's inaugural Nonprofit Leadership Conference at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. This unique training event focused on the best practices for strategic planning and the engagement of volunteers and donors across all generations.

 

Sponsoring partners included the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation, Mauldin & Jenkins LLC, McLane Funeral and Cremation Services, Valdosta State University Office of Student Affairs, and the Greater Valdosta United Way.

MISSION.

We provide vital resources to South Georgia nonprofits so they can thrive and transform their communities forever.

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Our Mission Will Be Accomplished By:

  • Increasing awareness of what other community nonprofits are doing.

  • Identifying and providing training and information.

  • Identifying areas of expertise in the non-profit community.

  • Identifying gaps and overlaps in services to help us work more effectively as individuals and communities.

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WHO WE ARE

SGNN Board members are volunteers from nonprofits here in Southeast Georgia.

They meet four times annually to give governance to the organization.

SGNN is always looking for interested leaders willing to serve.
Willing to serve? Let us know!

2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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David Oaks

Board Chair

Through the Bethlehem International School Foundation David Oaks leads the mission to raise up the next generation of leadership in the Middle East. He also is a nonprofit/fundraising coach at his own firm, WorldStage Development where the vision is to release the most generous generation in the history of the world. He and his wife Anne live in Thomasville, Georgia.

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Lisa Billups

Board Member

Lisa Billups worked in corporate America for years, but it left her feeling purposeless. She yearned to make a difference in children’s lives. When the opportunity to serve at the Thomasville Resource Center presented itself, she jumped at the chance. Serving as the Executive Director, she oversees after-school programs and wellness services for families. “Education is the great equalizer,” she says.

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Eva Freeman

Secretary/Treasurer

Eva Freeman loves learning about the different nonprofit organizations in the South Georgia Area. Her job as office manager and administrative assistant at the Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation gives her that opportunity. She especially loves being an active part of the foundation that supports these organizations and their mission. She and her husband Jef live in Valdosta, Georgia.

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Becky Deas

Board Member

Becky Deas has always dreamed of making a difference in the lives of others. She remembers how, as a small child, she paid another needy student’s school fees with her sister’s silver dollar. “My heart broke for her and her family, they were so poor.” She still follows that desire today as Executive Director of Options Now in Valdosta, Georgia. She and her husband, Damon live in Jennings, Florida.

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Jodie Snow

Board Member

The multiple scholarship opportunities at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College convinced Jodie Snow that it was her school. After graduating from ABAC, UGA, Stetson College of Law, and Stetson University, she became a practicing attorney. “But I never forgot what ABAC did for me. I achieved my dreams because of the scholarships I received.” That gratitude led her to accept the role of Chief Operating Officer of the ABAC Foundation, where she works to give others the gift given to her.

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