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In a workshop on developing volunteer leadership, Penny Burk of Burk and Associates addressed the match between board volunteers and staff with the three phases of the nonprofit organization's life cycle. "Every organization goes through some type of difficult transition phase prior to emerging as a more stable and productive entity," she explained.
The three stages are founding and early development; rapid growth and change; and mature, steady growth.
Each is tied more to timing in the cycle and Board thinking than to budget or organization size. "You can recognize that your organization is in transition from one phase to the next by the struggle taking place among volunteers or among volunteers and staff.
So that your organization can minimize the amount of time and pain experienced in transition, here are Burk's indicators:
Growth from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Growth from Phase 2 to Phase 3
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