Succession Planning: When the founding ED moves on

Founders of organizations are typically charismatic and driven individuals who inspire others to get involved. As a result of their commitment, a fledgling idea turns into a full-fledged reality. Then the day comes when the founder announces it’s time for...

Canada’s voluntary sector: Grooming from within and without

Late last year, Imagine Canada, one of the nation’s prominent voluntary sector think tanks, released the following document -- Leadership Perspectives: Interviews with leaders of Canada’s charities and nonprofit organizations. The document surveyed 32 sector leaders across numerous sub-sectors on...

Human Resources Q&A: Explaining succession planning

I'm the executive director of a medium-sized organization. One of my board members is keen on having a succession plan. I'm not convinced that we need to formalize the staffing process to such an extent. I'm also confused; the words...

Succession planning: What you didn’t know you need to do

There’s much talk these days about the impending retirement of the generation we refer to as baby boomers. Newspapers, radio talk shows and other mediums are dedicated to providing thought-provoking fodder on how this crop of soon-to-be retirees will spend...

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Succession planning in the not-for-profit world

This article is the 10th in our Nonprofit Toolkit series. You can find past articles in our library which have dealt with how staff can support their board of directors; the strategic plan tool; policies and procedures; a communication plan...

Changing of the guard

The only surprise about Philanthropy Journal's breathless October 6th headline, "Nonprofits face leadership shortage," was its expression of surprise. Warnings about an impending labour crisis have been out for years. From executive suites to mailrooms, in every industry sector, organizations...

Succession planning and management

Introduction Many organizations define "succession" as the grooming of a small number of replacements for top executives, typically with one replacement per position. An executive director of a not-for-profit, with the help of the board of directors, would choose a...
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