This paper has two primary goals. First, it seeks to continue detoxifying the topic of nonprofit succession planning so that executives, boards, staff, and funders can take up these activities without unnecessary fear or concern. Second, it hopes to provide nonprofit boards and executive directors a framework for their own succession planning activities.
This publication presents alternative models of succession planning designed particularly for nonprofits. The ends in mind:
- Pursuing the agency’s mission and service goals as effectively as possible.
- Ensuring agency stability by developing bench strength behind its executive and key managers.
- Creating the possibility that successors for your executive director and top managers will emerge from your talent pool.