Learning & Event Calendar

The Basics of Nonprofit Succession Planning

Friday, September 7, 2018
10:00 am11:00 am
NDANO Partner Webinar
The Basics of Nonprofit Succession Planning

Members: $30
Nonmembers: $60

Washington Nonprofits

This webinar series will take place Sept. 7, 14 and 21 from 10-11 a.m. CT.

NDANO is pleased to partner with Washington Nonprofits to offer you this this three-part webinar series.

What does “succession planning” mean in your organization? Nonprofit executives and board members often react nervously, even negatively, to the idea of succession discussions. And according to BoardSource, 83 percent of nonprofits have not yet created a plan for their leadership continuity.

Lack of succession planning puts missions in danger and organizations at risk should there be a sudden transition in a key leadership role. 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.

Part 1: Understanding Succession Planning
Sept. 7 - 10-11 a.m. CT

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 be equipped to assess your organization’s leadership continuity landscape.

Part 2: Creating the Conversation & Contingency Planning
Sept. 14 - 10-11 a.m. CT

This session will examine the first two options you may consider for beginning the succession planning process. But first, it introduces two important lenses through which succession planning should be viewed: personal emotion and the relevance of diversity, inclusion and equity. After completing this session, you will be able to initiate a generative discussion about leadership continuity, organize the essential information your agency needs for maintaining operations during a leadership change, and recommend a potential board leadership pipeline strategy.

Part 3: Succession Planning Through Policy, HR Practice & Strategic Planning
Sept. 21 - 10-11 a.m. CT

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 three essential leadership succession policies. You also will be equipped to convene a generative discussion about using basic HR practices to support talent succession, and assess the extent to which your strategic plan includes human resources considerations.

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.

Randy Brinson is an experienced nonprofit executive and consultant associated with Third Sector Company, where he facilitates the Interim Leaders Roundtable of Seattle, assists with chief executive searches and contributes to Board Chairs Academy trainings. He also works independently on governance and capacity-building issues with organizations throughout Washington and has earned the BoardSource Certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting.