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The Basics of Nonprofit Succession Planning

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September 7, 14, 21, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (PST)

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The Basics of Nonprofit Succession Planning

Randy Brinson, Nonprofit Leadership & Governance Strategist 

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% 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.

“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

Toolkit Schedule and Topics

Part 1: Understanding Succession Planning
Friday, September 7, 2018 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST 

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
Friday, September 14, 2018 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST 

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
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST 

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. 

About the Presenter

Randy Brinson, Nonprofit Leadership & Governance Strategist 

Randy 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.

Produced in Partnership with Washington Nonprofits

This webinar is produced in partnership with Washington Nonprofits. Registration is through the Washington Nonprofits website. For questions, contact [email protected].

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$30 Member Price 
$60 Nonmember Price


NAO Members get a discount on this webinar series by using the discount code on the Members Only Page. You must be logged in to view this page. Contact [email protected] or 503-239-4001 ext. 123 if you are having difficulties registering.