Nonprofit Succession

Navigating nonprofits through succession & exit planning

If your executive director suddenly left or retired, could you identify the right candidates for the job? Who would fill the role until the board could appoint someone? Would your organization experience a decline in income or fundraising activities?

Ten to 15 percent of nonprofits hire a new executive director every year. Nonprofits must be prepared to answer difficult questions about succession planning to ensure the long term success of the organization.

Having a plan in place can prevent your organization from experiencing a negative impact due to a key staff member leaving. Succession plans provide reassurance to clients, donors and employees that your nonprofit can successfully continue even if leadership changes.

The right person to continue your mission

Because most nonprofit missions don’t dramatically change over time, finding an executive director, staff or board member with the right values and skills is critical so the organization's long-term success. The characteristics and beliefs your leadership team has can greatly impact the culture and integrity of the mission.

At Decision Associates, we approach nonprofit succession planning from all angles:

  • Stakeholder perspectives
  • Staff perspectives 
  • Skills assessments
  • Behavioral assessments 

Contact Decision Associates to learn more.

“EmergyCare retained the services of Decision Associates in the fall of 2009 to guide us through the Strategic Planning process. Don Moore and his group of experts took our senior management team and select Board members through what I felt would be an arduous process. What resulted was a stronger senior team and a cohesive relationship with our Board of Directors, not to mention a roadmap (Strategic Plan) for the next 3-5 years. I definitely recommend Decision Associates to the nonprofit sector as we completed another update in 2015, and we continue to use them as the need arises.”

~ Bill Hagerty, Executive Director
EmergyCare

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