Atl Ballet Board Chair, Allen Nelson, Honored for Outstanding Leadership by GA Center for Nonprofits



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Atlanta Ballet Board Chairman, Allen Nelson, Named Recipient of the
Georgia Center for Nonprofits 2013 Revolutions Award for
Outstanding Nonprofit Board Leadership

Nelson among Georgia Nonprofit Leaders to be Honored at May's Nonprofit Summit 2013

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(Pictured l-r:   Atllanta Ballet Executive Director Arthur Jacobus, Atlanta Ballet Board Chair Allen Nelson. ABCDE Dean Sharon Story and Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director John McFall, Photo by C. McCullers; Allen Nelson, Photo by J. Fitts; Allen Nelson (left) with Chris Carlos and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Photo by J. Fitts.) 

Atlanta, GA – April 24, 2013 - Atlanta Ballet is proud to announce that Allen Nelson, chairman of the Atlanta Ballet Board of Trustees, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Revolutions Award for outstanding leadership on a nonprofit board by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN). 

Nelson, who is also the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Administrative Officer for Crawford & Co, has served on the Atlanta Ballet board since 2006.

In addition to completing the largest and most successful capital campaign in Atlanta Ballet history, the organization has achieved several other milestones during his tenure, including:
• Sale of Atlanta Ballet‘s former building
• Grand opening of the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre
• Return of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra
• Five campaign gifts of $1 million or more, including two record-setting single gifts
• Critical investments for artistic programming, such as Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin
• Expansion of the endowment
• Establishment of a cash reserve fund
• Establishment of an artistic innovation fund

“Allen has had a tremendous impact on not just the Atlanta Ballet Board of Trustees, but the entire organization,” said Atlanta Ballet executive director Arthur Jacobus. “Allen has brought a profound since of courage to Atlanta Ballet during his time as Board Chairman.  He has always advocated that, within reason, you cannot cut your way to success – but rather grow your reputation, enhance your capabilities and expand the excellence of your mission. His investment is instrumental in helping us move towards building a sustainable future for Atlanta Ballet.”

Jacobus added: “To him it isn’t just a job; he has a genuine passion for this organization, the art form, the staff and most importantly the artists.  It is his experience, ability, skill and nature that allow him to be a knowledgeable and wise leader for the Atlanta Ballet Board.”

Nelson is one of three recipients of the 2013 Revolutions Awards, sponsored by Warren Averett + GH&I.  Awards will be presented at the May 21st annual Nonprofit Awards Luncheon at Nonprofit Summit 2013 at the Sheraton Atlanta.  This annual event brings Georgia's nonprofit community together with thought leaders, content experts, leading funders, and resource solution providers for two days to gain insights, get inspired, build skills, and expand networks. Summit 2013 introduces a fresh mix of program formats — featuring Ignite presentations, BreakThrough and Solve-It sessions, Funder Roundtables, networking events, Nonprofit Expo, and GCN's new “30 Under 30” program.

Other 2013 Revolutions Awards winners include:

2013 Revolutions Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization: to Kate’s Club, for their outstanding commitment to empower children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling.

2013 Revolutions Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Leader: to Wayne McMillan, President & CEO of Bobby Dodd Institute, for his leadership through a revolutionary change. 

For more information about the Revolutions awards, visit

For more information on the Nonprofit Summit 2013, scheduled for May 20-21 at the Sheraton Atlanta, visit

About Atlanta Ballet
Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is one of the premier dance companies in the country and the official state Ballet of Georgia. Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals. After 84 years, Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance. In 1996, Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. The Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet's roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @atlantaballet, and like us on Facebook at

About the Georgia Center for Nonprofits
The Georgia Center for Nonprofits builds thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed. Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building tools, GCN provides nonprofits, board members and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia.

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