Raffa Resources
Raffa Resources
Raffa Resources
​Monographs on Executive Transition Management

The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund have developed a series of monographs on executive transitions management. Portions of this series reflect a joint effort of TransitionGuides (now Raffa) and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, except Ready to Lead, which is a joint publication of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Meyer Foundation, idealist.org and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.

by Tom Adams, TransitionGuides (now Raffa)
This report highlights the challenges associated with executive transitions and describes the model of executive management transition that has been used in the last decade. It also details opportunities for funders to further develop and implement strategies to better cope with executive management transitions. View PDF


by Tom Adams, TransitionGuides (now Raffa)
This guide examines the unique challenges presented by transitions involving founders or long-term executives. It provides clear advice for executives and their boards in confronting the complex issues these transitions present. 



by Tim Wolfred, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
This paper explores the benefits and basics of using an interim executive director during a leadership transition. It also highlights some considerations that organizations should take into account when deciding whether or not to use an interim executive director. View PDF




by Marla Cornelius, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services; Patrick Corvington, Annie E. Casey Foundation; and Albert Ruesga, Meyer Foundation
A skilled, committed, and diverse pool of next generation leaders would like to be nonprofit executives in the future, but concerns about insufficient work-life balance and lack of earning potential may keep them from it. This national survey of 6,000 emerging nonprofit leaders presents challenges and recommendations for training and supporting future nonprofit executives. View PDF


Stepping Up, Staying Engaged: Succession Planning and Executive Transition Management for Nonprofit Boards of Directors
by Tom Adams, TransitionGuides (now Raffa)​
This publication focuses particularly on board leaders. It provides a set of practical perspectives, hands-on tools, brief case studies, and useful resources to help board chairs, officers, and members take a proactive approach to preparing their organizations for a transition. View PDF



This publication presents emergency succession planning tools, an important risk management practice. It offers executive directors guidance on when and how to leave an organization, and includes suggestions for boards to assure the sustainability of their organizations. View PDF




by Frances Kunreuther, Building Movement Project, Demos
Research indicates that leadership transitions from the Baby Boom generation to Generations X and Y will become more common within the nonprofit sector. This report delivers a series of recommendations on how a variety of stakeholders can improve the hand-off from this generation of leaders to the next. View PDF




by Patrick Corvington, Annie E. Casey Foundation and Frances Kunreuther, Building Movement Project, Demos
In this monograph, the authors counter a variety of proposed interventions from infrastructure organizations and present an alternate to the current crisis framework. The authors posit that by applying a crisis framework to the transitional trends in the non-profit sector, leadership ignores the rich opportunities that lay ahead. The authors make suggestions as to how the non-profit sector can embrace this time of change and have positive outcomes. View PDF

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