As the Center for Nonprofit Advancement reviewed recent studies on executive leadership, we noticed a pattern: while more organizations are grappling with the responsibilities of an anticipated change in leadership, few have planned for an emergency change in leadership—short-term or long-term. We felt this lack of action was our call for action.
No matter the age, health or happiness of the current leader, all organizations—small, large, new, or established—should be prepared for a sudden, unplanned change of executive directors. The Center has developed and is making available to our nonprofit community an Emergency Succession Plan Template. This template can be found on this web site as a downloadable Word document—at no cost."