In the room were 13 nonprofit Executive Directors, Board Members, and Board Presidents ready to give their biggest takeaways from their most recent roles and engagements. We let each nonprofit leader offer their observations and have compiled those to share with you. Afterwards, we’ll offer actionable next steps that your organization can take to bridge generational gaps.
Or the decision may be entirely personal in nature – illness, changing family needs, or retirement. Some reasons for leaving will allow for more notice than others. Some will be on better terms than others. Some leaders will have more to give than others by the time they choose to leave. Obviously, it’s impossible to account for the specific details around each situation, but there are some clear steps that you will need to take regardless of why you are leaving.
This should be a collaborative discussion that starts from a place of mutual respect and concern. It should also not come as a surprise. Board members should be sharing concerns in an annual review process with the leader, informed by the organizations and the leaders performance. Board leadership should create an open dialogue over a series of conversations, asking the Executive Director questions like “How are you feeling about the organization, where it is heading, and how you are doing as Executive Director?”
I remained angry that the problem persisted, but I kept my resolve to be someone who disrupted the status quo and offered a new paradigm that fixed whatever was wrong.
“On behalf of the board and staff, we are excited to bring Michele’s vision, passion, and excellence to MoPOP. Our mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. Michele’s background and experience are exactly what we were looking for as we grow in Seattle and the global arts community.
While every organization is different, nonprofit marketing materials typically include things like print/digital brochures, blog articles, email marketing, newsletters, videos, social media posts, and publicly published reports. Ideally, these would be well-aligned with the organization’s mission, core beliefs, culture, and programs. But what happens when the marketing material is wrong? What should a nonprofit board member do when the marketing material is a mismatch?
Reducing Nonprofit Turnover
Consider the following nonprofit employment statistics:
Let’s take a look at how much this kind of turnover is costing your organization, why employees are deciding to leave, and what you can do to stop it!
Putting an End to Mission Creep
And while nonprofit staff and leadership greatly appreciated the advice on how to avoid mission creep, board members asked a key question that we did not get to cover in that initial article: “What if we’re already dealing with mission creep – how do we respond?”
So, in this article we are going to address mission creep from that perspective. What do you do when mission creep is already happening? How can you recognize it? And what do you do to stop it?
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