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Nonprofit Leadership Transitions & Organizational Sustainability

An Updated Approach that Changes the Landscape
​Hosted by Nonprofit Quartly featuring Jeanne Bell of CompassPoint and Tom Adams of Raffa, P.C.

Finance Resume Checklist

Prior to submitting your resume, please review these Finance Resume Best Practices to ensure the important information on your resume is readily accessible to the reader.​​

Daring to Lead Actions

​In a 2011 article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Nonprofits Should Take Steps Now to Guarantee Leadership for the Future," Tom Adams highlights a disconnect between a widely held belief that there’s a link between leadership and organizational effectiveness, and the nonprofit sector’s support for leadership development and succession.

Sustaining Great Leadership

by Tom Adams
This free guide, compliments of the First Nonprofit Foundation, offers a 10-step approach to sustaining leadership in your nonprofit.

Executive Transition Management Monographs

The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund have developed a series of monographs on executive transitions management.​

Do We Need an Executive Search?

By Tom Adams, Director and Karen Schuler, Managing Director – Search, Transition & Planning at Raffa, P.C.
When a nonprofit executive announces her/his departure, the question of whether there is an internal successor or strong internal candidates is front and center for the Board. In the best case, the Board and executive have had an ongoing dialogue about executive and board succession and there are no surprises. Unfortunately this is not always the case.

Nonprofit Leadership Transition Guide

by Tom Adams, published by Jossey-BassLearn to harness the power of emotions in transition, how great founders lead stellar transitions,how to diversify leadership, how to capitalize on the three critical stages of transition, how strategic succession plans lift the organization, why you must prepare today for emergency leaves, and what to do when the leader says, it's time for me to retire. The result: A better-run, better-prepared nonprofit—the kind of humming organization that inspires ongoing success.​​

Webinar Series on Executive Transitions

​​Produced by Nonprofit Quarterly, BoardSource and Raffa, P.C.

Leadership New England Report - Essential Shifts for a Thriving

​This report profiles New England’s nonprofits and their leaders and recommends three shifts in that will help the sector become more sustainable and healthy.

Chief Executive Transitions

by Don Tebbe, published by BoardSource
A comprehensive guide to help boards navigate the hiring process and oversee a successful leadership transition. It includes checklists, key questions board members will need to answer as they go through the process, and practical real-life examples. 118 pages with an accompanying CD-ROM that includes 13 helpful documents, including a resume scoring sheet, sample timeline, sample interview questions, and a sample 90-day entry plan to help ensure the success of the newly hired chief executive.
The Nonprofit Leadership Transition and Development Guide shows how to capitalize on the three critical stages of transition and how strategic succession plans lift the organization.