Beginning in the 1960s, America's nonprofit organizations grew dramatically for 40 years. Between 1977 and 1997, the number of charitable organizations doubled. Today, the generation responsible for the front end of this civic growth are facing transitions into new roles or considering retirement.

This report shares developments in Executive Transition Management (ETM) and provides founders, their board leaders and supporters specific options for planning and managing a transition, whether it is happening now or in 10 years. 

January 1, 2005

Executive Transitions Series

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Description of the transition planning process from beginning to end.

  2. 2

    How to address dilemmas a founder and a board may face when it comes to transition planning.

  3. 3

    Some of the early, “scary” steps, and what to do to get past them.

  4. 4

    Tips to get started with an executive transition management plan.

  1. 5

    What to expect in the process.

  2. 6

    Case studies and scenario-specific examples of both successful and unsuccessful transitions.

Key Takeaway

Paying attention to their transitions ensure that founders' unique contributions are not lost.

Since 1999, three separate studies all confirmed 50-85% of all nonprofit executives planned to leave their positions during the five to seven years following each survey.

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