Succession Planning

nonprofit and social enterprise succession planning

Are you thinking of leaving?

Do you have a succession plan or executive transition plan in place for your nonprofit or social enterprise?

If you don’t, you’re not alone.

A recent study shows that three out of five nonprofits don’t have a succession plan in place and therefore are not ready for executive transition.

We also know that transition will take place—sometimes planned and sometimes unexpected. A family emergency, a partner’s job offer out of state, or sudden illness can cause an executive director or lead fundraiser to have to leave quickly, threatening your organization’s operations and sustainability.

Even when you want to plan for transition, talking about succession planning can be difficult. From our work, we know that board members may be hesitant to raise the issue even though having a succession plan in place is an evidence-based practice; they may be fearful of the executive director’s reaction.

Products and Services for Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Succession Planning

  • A one-hour consultation session at JVA to start talking about the succession and to plan how to initiative your conversation
  • A two-hour session with your board on developing a timeline, and to facilitate a conversation about an executive succession plan to answer the question: What do we need in a next leader?
  • Strategic planning services
  • Confidential staff and board surveys, developed and analyzed by our professional research team
  • Facilitated sessions with staff to help plan for transition
  • Communications plans to let your key stakeholders know about planned changes
  • Assistance with documenting systems and creating operations manuals
  • Customized, comprehensive nonprofit and social enterprise succession planning services across the organization
  • Leadership development plans for internal candidates
  • Search services

Why choose JVA for for your nonprofit or social enterprise succession plan?

JVA has more than three decades of experience working in the social sector, helping nonprofits and social enterprise with planning for executive and key fundraiser transition, and with search when internal candidates were not available. We bring the lens of implementation science to everything we do, making sure that you get the benefit of the latest thinking and research about what works in succession planning and executive transition.

We’ve helped hundreds of others through workshops to plan their own transitions. 

Our team approach includes expertise in multiple areas, ensuring you get the tailored solutions you need.

Ready to put your organization on the path to sustainability? Contact us today