Study after study in the nonprofit sector has pointed to an impending leadership crisis, with roughly 75% of executive directors/CEOs reporting that they plan to leave their jobs within the next five years. However, the emphasis on leadership transition reinforces rather than challenges the prevailing issues facing nonprofit organizations. As Baby Boomers leave, the sector will approach an important turning point ripe with both challenges and opportunities that will ultimately lead to a different type of sector, with a new kind of leadership in the decades to come.

January 1, 2008

Executive Transitions Series

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    The crisis of leadership change, and its traditional interpretations and responses.

  2. 2

    Other causes and consequences of the looming leadership transition in nonprofits, and why these other views are perhaps more important to consider.

  3. 3

    How and why to change the organizational structure and leadership roles to make nonprofits more adept to looming changes in the sector.

  4. 4

    Recommendations to assess a nonprofit and to implement systemic operations to prepare for leadership transitions.

Key Takeaway

During the past six years, there has been a rising sense of alarm in the nonprofit sector about the future of its leadership.

The dominant "crisis" frame uncritically accepts the sector and its leadership as is and looks past broader structural issues, failing to raise questions about where the sector could or should go in the future. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations