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NDANO offers live in-person and online learning opportunities for nonprofits, often with partners. Members receive discounted rates on all NDANO events. All times are Central unless otherwise indicated.

Do you have a learning opportunity or event for North Dakota nonprofits to add to our calendar? Email NDANO with the details.

The Basics of Nonprofit Succession Planning

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
2:00 pm3:00 pm
Partner Webinar (Series)
The Basics of Nonprofit Succession Planning

Presenter: Washington Nonprofits
Cost: $60 Members of State Nonprofit Associations and $120 Not-yet-members

Three 60-minute webinars: Wednesdays, March 11, 18 & 25, 2020

According to BoardSource, 73% of nonprofits have not yet created a plan for their leadership continuity.
What does "succession planning" mean in your organization? Nonprofit executives and board members often react nervously, even negatively, to conversations about succession. If there is a sudden transition in a key leadership role, lack of succession planning will put missions in danger and organizations at risk. But such transitions also provide opportunities for growth if your organization has a culture of leadership continuity focused on developing the human capital it will need for the future. Third Sector Company and Washington Nonprofits are pleased to offer a three-part webinar series to help your organization build such a culture.
At the end, you'll have tips and tools to help you start your term with confidence and enthusiasm!

Learning Outcomes:
"The Basics of Nonprofit Succession Planning" will:
• Frame succession planning as essential to your organization's long-term sustainability
• Outline the essential components of an effective succession plan
• Present five options for beginning your organization's leadership continuity work
• Provide specific tools and resources to support that work

Who Should Attend: This series is intended for executive directors, senior staff, and board members and officers. Funders and others interested in supporting effective leadership transition will also benefit.

Sessions take place Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Central Time.

Part 1: Understanding Succession Planning
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm Central Time.
This session will frame succession planning as a key aspect of mission success and sustainability, lay a conceptual groundwork for the culture of leadership continuity, and demonstrate that there are multiple options for beginning the leadership continuity process. After completing this session you will understand and be able to discuss with others the critical need for succession planning in your organization. You also will know the essential components of an effective succession plan and will be equipped to assess your organization's leadership continuity landscape.

Part 2: Creating the Conversation and Contingency Planning
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm Central Time.
This session will examine the first two options you may consider for beginning the succession planning process. It also introduces two important lenses through which succession planning should be viewed: emotion and the relevance of diversity, inclusion and equity. After completing this session, you will be able to facilitate generative discussions about leadership continuity, and prepare in concrete ways for unexpected leadership transitions.

Part 3: Succession Planning Through Policy, HR Practice, and Strategic Planning
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm Central Time.
This session presents the final three options for beginning the succession planning process and invites you to identify which approach you will take to initiate a culture of leadership continuity in your organization. After completing this session you will be able to lead your board's adoption of key leadership succession policies and practices. You also will be equipped to convene a generative discussion about using basic HR practices to support talent succession, and use your organization's strategic plan to advance leadership continuity.

All sessions will be recorded and the recording will be available to all registered participants. Participants who are unable to attend one or more of the sessions will still have access to all course materials.

We are committed to making our online courses as accessible as possible to all learners. Please contact us with any concerns or requests.

Randy Brinson, Nonprofit Leadership Governance Strategist
Randy Brinson is Third Sector Company's Senior Strategist for Board and Executive Leadership Development. Certified in nonprofit board consulting (BoardSource) and leadership succession planning (Third Sector Company), Randy is a trusted partner in chief executive searches and leads governance trainings, board retreats and strategic planning activities. He also has interim leadership experience and is passionate about helping organizations build capacity to better serve their missions.