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.

“Decision Associates exceeded our expectations, which were very high to start with, and we were pleased with the result of their work and assistance on our strategic plan. They were the right organization at the right time to help our organization become what we need to be in the next few years. They led us in such a way to allow us to move forward, which is not always easy, and accomplish a lot in a short time. The proof is that the strategic plan has been widely acknowledged as being perfect for us with comments coming not just from within, but from the community as well. We will engage them again when we are ready for an update.”

~ John Oliver, President
VisitErie

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