Report

Knowing that nonprofit stability relies on stable leadership, the Casey Foundation and partners got a good look at the executive landscape through a survey that provided baseline data on top management transitions in nonprofits and the career paths of current leaders. With many baby boomer execs getting ready to retire, this report offers recommendations to position NPs for a smooth transition to new, more diverse leadership.

June 17, 2004

Executive Transitions Series

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why nonprofit execs are leaving in 2 waves 10 years apart.

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    Regional differences in executive characteristics and transition plans.

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    Detailed demographics on nonprofit executives across the United States.

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    Recommendations for putting an executive transition plan in place.

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    How the transition survey was conducted.

Key Takeaway

Why an executive transition plan is so important when nonprofit leaders leave

Because nonprofits have a social welfare mandate as opposed to a profit mandate, most of their resources go to providing services rather than supporting administrative and management functions. This can leave nonprofits particularly vulnerable in turbulent times of leadership change. The limited management structure means that those nonprofits rely even more on a single individual — the chief executive officer of the organization — for success in accomplishing their missions.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations