Leaders Matter - January 2021 - Four Ways a Nonprofit Board Can Support a Leadership Transition

How to plan for a successful transition when the outgoing CEO stays on.
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January 21, 2021
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Leaders Matter
Nonprofit leadership, careers, and recruiting

Four Ways a Nonprofit Board Can Support a Leadership Transition

Fresh Lifelines for Youth’s board made important choices to ensure its next CEO, Ali Knight, could hit the ground running as the nonprofit's new leader. Here Board Chair Mark Donnelly and Board Vice Chair June Wang share the board’s approach to the nonprofit's leadership transition.
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Transition Task Force: Roles and Responsibilities Download

This sample template "Nonprofit CEO Transition Task Force: Roles and Responsibilies" provides guidance on how a nonprofit board can approach developing its own task force.

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Your organization’s success depends upon the effectiveness of your executive leadership team. Do you have a plan for strengthening the performance of this critical group? Strengthening the Executive Team is a Bridgespan-guided, online program designed specifically for nonprofit leadership teams of three to six members and organizations with at least 10 full time employees. It can be particularly valuable if you:

  • Have a new or refreshed strategy and want to ensure you’re executing on your goals
  • Have a new CEO or new executive team members
  • Want to hit “reset” on your ways of working together as a team, especially if you’ve had recent changes to your team composition
  • Are looking for a structured way to invest in the development of your organization’s senior leaders

We still have a few seats available for our Spring 2021 session! To learn how to enroll your team, set up a meeting with us here. If you have any questions about whether your team qualifies, please email us at [email protected].


Skills Nonprofit Leaders Need to Lead through Uncertain Times

The pressures of leading organizations today are many. To explore what it takes to lead organizations safely and soundly through uncertain times, Bridgespan asked a number of nonprofit leaders the question: what skills, mindsets, and competencies do leaders need in this moment?


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