Nonprofit Leadership Transitions

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“The Leadership in Leaving” (2013)
From the Building Movement Project, this report focuses on how nonprofit leaders, in this case long-term leaders, make a leadership decision about when to leave.

“The Long Goodbye: Advice, How-Tos and Cautionary Tales for Extended Leadership Exits” (2016)
This report from the Building Movement Project aims to assist organizations and their leaders in devising practical solutions for managing an extended executive exit.

“Table for Two: Can Founders & Successors Co-Exist So Everyone Wins?” (2009)
The Management Assistance Group provides case studies and analysis of organizations where founders remained on board after a leadership transition. 

“Making Founder Successions Work” (2018)
In this article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review, authors Jari Tuomala, Donald Yeh, and Katie Smith Milway explore the notion that nonprofits benefit when they plan an “extended role” for founders who transition out of their leadership role.

“Flying Monkeys: Organizational Considerations in an Executive Transition” (2013)
Tom Ford Webb’s article in Nonprofit Quarterly discusses how an executive transition provides an organization with a unique opportunity to take an honest look at itself.

Nonprofit Leadership Transitions and Organizational Sustainability: An Updated Approach that Changes the Landscape (Webinar) (2017)
In this webinar, Jeanne Bell and Tom Adams discuss new ways to think about leadership succession and what it means for a nonprofit organization.


Blue Avocado
This newsletter of American Nonprofits, a membership organization, provides practical, provocative, and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
An independent news organization, The Chronicle offers news, advice, resources, and career listings for nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, grantmakers, and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise.

Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofit Quarterly publishes the latest nonprofit news and trends affecting philanthropy, charities, nonprofit, and 501(C)(3) organizations.

Stanford Social Innovation Review
This website and magazine informs and inspires millions of social change leaders at nonprofits, businesses, and governments around the world.


Comprised of a network of leaders from across the social sector, BoardSource provides resources and inspiration for leaders of nonprofit organizations.

Building Movement Project
The Building Movement Project provides research, tools, training materials, and opportunities for partnership that bolster nonprofit organizations’ ability to support the voice and power of the people they serve.

This national nonprofit leadership and strategy practice helps leaders, organizations, and movements committed to social justice realize their full power through research, consulting, publishing, and other methods.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
This nonprofit helps grantmakers turn their desire to improve into real progress through research, peer sharing, and publications.

Management Assistance Group (MAG)
MAG strengthens individuals, organizations, and networks to bring about transformative change. It offers consulting, coaching, facilitation, and other services.