Seamless Succession: Mastering Nonprofit Leadership Continuity
Unlock the secret to uninterrupted nonprofit leadership and secure a thriving future for your organization!
In the dynamic world of nonprofits, nurturing the next generation of visionary leaders is a mission-critical task. Yet, all too often, it’s left to chance, leaving organizations vulnerable to crises when a key leader departs. We understand that the daily demands of nonprofit work can be overwhelming, but here’s the game-changer: you don’t have to leave your leadership continuity to fate.
Whether you’re planning to pass the torch in a few years or envision a lifelong commitment, the time to craft a robust succession plan is now. By doing so, you not only safeguard your own legacy but also empower your organization to flourish well into the future.
Introducing the Successful Transitions Course: Your Path to Uninterrupted Leadership
Option 1: Successful Transitions Course – Cohort Experience
Our program merges nationally recognized best practices with personalized coaching, offering your organization the freedom to design a plan tailored precisely to your needs. We’re not just helping you plan; we’re helping you thrive.
What You’ll Gain as a Participant in the Cohort Experience:
- Five engaging and interactive virtual group sessions where you’ll join 6-8 like-minded organizations on this transformative journey.
- A comprehensive leadership continuity checklist, featuring ready-to-use templates for succession planning, crisis communication strategies, executive transition blueprints, and much more.
- Three exclusive one-on-one coaching sessions with Ingrid herself, ensuring your plan is finely tuned to your organization’s unique DNA.
- A customized training session curated specifically for your board of directors, empowering them to champion the cause of leadership continuity.
Option 2: Customized Succession Planning – Tailored for Your Organization
Are you seeking a more personalized approach? We also offer customized succession planning programs designed exclusively for individual organizations. In this program, Ingrid will work closely with a select group of your nonprofit’s leaders to pinpoint and address the areas most critical to your organization’s success.
Are You Ready to Secure Your Nonprofit’s Tomorrow? Enroll in the Next Successful Transitions Course Today!
The path to nonprofit leadership excellence starts here. Don’t leave your organization’s future to chance; take the reins and join us for the next Successful Transitions Course or Customized Program. Together, we’ll craft a legacy that endures and thrives.
Successful Transitions – Additional Options
Are you a Lincoln, Nebraska-based organization? Details on the Lincoln-specific course.
Testimonials from Successful Transitions in 2020:
“Our organization had never had a succession plan in place. For me, as an incoming Board President, this course has made it apparent how vitally important a plan is. Ingrid Kirst provided excellent materials that gave overviews of the process on both local and national levels. Doing this work in a cohort with other nonprofits has the added value of sharing ideas with the other organizations’ leaders and seeing how something that works for their culture might be applicable to your own.” — Rob McMaster, Abendmusik at First Plymouth Board Member
“Participating in the Successful Transitions program for the past few months has been a rewarding experience. It is well worth the time to not only attend the sessions and gain insight into other organization’s transition plans but receiving so much information on how to begin/continue with staff leadership transition plans was really helpful” — Karen Wobig, Lancaster County Extension
Ingrid Kirst is a seasoned nonprofit leadership consultant with over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. After transitioning out of her own executive director position at a thriving nonprofit, Ingrid began consulting with nonprofit organizations. Her primary focus centers on cultivating the synergy between boards and executive directors, with a special emphasis on the intricate art of succession planning. Ingrid’s dedication to her craft led her to become a Certified Succession Planner through Third Sector Company.
In 2020, Ingrid adapted her teaching to the virtual environment and developed a program that was just as effective as in-person classes. This innovative approach ensured that organizations could continue to thrive, even in challenging times. With Ingrid by your side, you’re not just gaining a consultant; you’re securing a trusted partner in shaping a robust future for your organization. Her guidance has already benefited three dynamic cohorts and multiple individual organizations, totaling over 20 nonprofits that have successfully embarked on the journey to excellence.
The virtual format got rave reviews including this one: “I have used Zoom for years, but never got “fancy”. I was impressed with your planful use of time and activities. Good use of visuals, information sharing (succinct) and discussion Qs. Small group and large group invites to Q/A were timely and sincere and welcomed. Easy to participate and stay engaged. Nice job.”
Succession planning isn’t just about who the next ED will be. Successful Transitions covers much more:
Preparing Your Organization
A successful transition starts with a strong organization in all areas. We will discuss how to build the capacity of staff and board to lead at all levels, and the parts of a full succession plan including a succession policy, leadership development plan, and communication plan.
Leading the Organization into the Future
After preparing the organization, the board should prepare for an actual change in leadership, even if it is years away. All organizations need a plan for an emergency transition but this takes it to the next step. We will discuss best practices for a transition of the executive director from beginning to end, including how to find a diverse candidate pool. More importantly, we will discuss how to grow leadership at all levels.
It is challenging to decide to leave your position as an executive director after many years of hard work. We will focus on how to make that decision and how to know when the right time is, as well as what you are going to do after leaving your position. In addition to discussing how to prepare yourself for this transition mentally, we will discuss what you need to put into place to make it possible.
Join me for the next Successful Transitions cohort! For a limited time, the cost is
$2295 $1495 per organization. (A funder or donor may help you cover the cost.)
The program includes group learning sessions where you can interact with your peers and learn what you need to create a comprehensive succession plan, templates for the important documents you need to create, individualized coaching sessions to customize the learning to your needs, and an overview of succession planning for your full board.
Want to have an individualized program instead of a group course? Just indicate that on the form.
Which organizations will benefit most from Successful Transitions? There are two groups that have found this to be helpful for them. The first is organizations with long-time executive directors who are planning to retire in the next two to four years. Successful Transitions provides a way to organize all the work that needs to be done to carry out a transfer to a new executive director without the time pressure of doing it at the last minute.
The second group is those organizations with an executive director who wants to be proactive in planning for the future. They recognize that leadership continuity planning will benefit them now, and make for a more seamless transfer later. They may have had a bumpy transition when they came into the position or they have heard about transitions that didn’t go well at other organizations.
Which organizations shouldn’t participate? Organizations that are currently going through the strategic planning process or a large capital campaign likely won’t have the bandwidth for this program. Succession planning is a good complement to strategic planning so it could be done shortly before or after that process.
“The succession planning seminar with Ingrid Kirst was productive, successful, and informative. Across each of the sessions, Ingrid’s facilitation style kept everyone engaged and supported. Ancillary reading/reference materials were always provided and Ingrid ensured every unique learning style was considered. In my role as executive director of Abendmusik at First-Plymouth, there’s no way I could have developed a succession plan alone that would have been sustainable and impacting.” — Trey Lusk, Abendmusik at First Plymouth Executive Director
Melissa Filipi, executive director for Community Services Fund, has no plans to leave her organization but saw succession planning as important. She said, “While we are not facing a transition in the foreseeable future, I felt that having a solid plan in place that captured best practices and common steps would be valuable for Community Services Fund. I want to ensure that when I leave, we have set a solid framework for a smooth transition and future success. We approached this as more than a plan for the Executive Director’s departure by incorporating sustainability and strategic planning into the discussions. Any transition whether staff or board will involve clear discussions about the skills and attributes needed to move CSF’s strategic plan forward.”
“The Successful Transitions program was an exceptionally valuable experience that helped Dimensions Foundation begin thoughtful planning toward a future transition for a long-time executive director. As we learned, it’s so helpful to begin this process years in advance of the actual transition. Ingrid Kirst is an excellent facilitator who ran the program well and shared a wealth of valuable resources. We very much appreciated the opportunity.” – Nancy Rosenow, Executive Director at Dimensions Educational Resource Foundation