Nonprofit leadership retreats can be used to get new leaders comfortable with the rest of the team, tackle major organizational challenges without the distractions of the office, repair an organization’s broken culture, or even strategize through a major organizational shift. If your organization is facing a period where significant reflection or serious consideration is needed, gathering the leadership team together is a great way to prepare for what’s ahead. But an effective nonprofit retreat won’t just happen on its own. It requires careful planning and preparation to ensure that it will be time (and money!) well spent.
In a worst-case scenario, this dissonance results in the Board marginalizing the ED as just a passionate campaigner for the cause and writing off their opinion altogether, and the ED developing resentment and distrust towards their Board Members. The power struggle that ensues becomes a battle over dominance and recognition for the ways in which each can contribute to the success of the organization. Obviously, a situation like this never ends well! The toxic culture that develops as a result typically leads to turnover on the Board or the ED role (or both!). So, who’s right?
Whose opinion counts the most – the Board or the Executive Director?
One of the hardest decisions that a board can make is deciding what the future of the organization will look like if there’s a problem that’s big enough to consider sunsetting the organization instead. If one of the questions on the table is whether you can continue to deliver on your mission, it’s important to evaluate whether investing more is actually going to fix the underlying problem.
The ultimate question is really, “Is the organization worth saving?”
External marketing efforts and internal communications play pivotal roles in raising awareness as well as executing their strategic vision. The most effective nonprofit marketing will drive action among key stakeholders, increasing support and engagement.
So, would your organization’s marketing and communications efforts get a passing grade?
Nonprofit organizations that are burning through cash typically can’t just ask their donors and partners for more money without first stemming the tide of cash outflows. Funders want to see that an organization is being a good steward of their finances before they are willing to continue (or increase) their contributions. But even aside from the discussion around future funding requests, an organization must shore up their spending to remain viable into the future.
Launch is proud to announce that they have named their next Executive Director. Laura Nicholson, who has been serving as their Senior Director of Programs, will now lead the organization as their newest Executive Director. In speaking about her new role, Laura has said,
I am so excited and honored to be part of the future of Launch as the next Executive Director. During my four years at Launch, my commitment and love for Launch has continued to grow, and I can’t wait to engage with our staff, families and community in this new capacity as we continue to lead the charge to brilliant outcomes for the children in our care.
In her former role at Launch, Laura was responsible for directing program development as well as overseeing their programming across 13 locations – initiating and expanding programming as well as collaborating with external partners. Laura’s passion for ensuring that all students have equitable access to opportunities is why she is a great fit for the Executive Director role.
As a result, we have seen plenty of examples of what makes a great nonprofit leader.
These are the kinds of questions that succession planning can answer in advance. However. Most organizations simply do not have effective succession planning efforts in place before they need them. Even among organizations that have taken the time to put together a succession plan, it doesn’t always help them much when an unexpected situation arises because their plan falls short in scope.
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