Taking the time now to create a comprehensive succession plan, even if you (or your ED) have no intention to leave, will greatly benefit your nonprofit. You will have a strong process in place to develop internal leaders, plus be prepared for an emergency. Succession plans help you strengthen your organization now by building up effective leaders on the board and staff and creating effective procedures and policies.
Successful Transitions is a comprehensive program for organizations that are ready to plan for the future, no matter when they expect a leadership change. Each nonprofit participates in group workshops, receives individual coaching, and has a customized board training on succession planning. I am planning for a state-wide virtual version in 2021 and am currently looking for interested organizations and funding. You can read more about the program here.
In the summer of 2019, I completed Third Sector Company’s Succession Planner Boot Camp, which provided me with a wide range of resources to help organizations plan for the future.
Read more about succession planning and why I think it is so important.
Please contact me to discuss your succession planning needs at 402-730-2532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Leadership transitions can be a challenge for a nonprofit organization. It was very helpful to access Ingrid’s wisdom and experience as MilkWorks moved through the process of putting together a plan for seeking a new Executive Director. Ingrid understands both the technical steps and the emotional aspects of a transition. This is especially important for a board that has not undertaken a hiring process before. Having herself been in a leadership position for a non-profit, Ingrid also understands the unique challenges that an Executive Director faces during the transition process. Ingrid played an important role in being an objective, yet knowledgeable resource, during a potentially stressful time for MilkWorks. I was very pleased with the valuable guidance she provided me as a retiring Executive Director.” –Ann Seacrest, former MilkWorks Executive Director