Is there another transition in your nonprofit’s future?

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by Sharon Danosky

In the wake of COVID-19, many nonprofits are experiencing a transition of leadership. Some executive directors are retiring; others are pursuing different interests.  Whatever the reason a leader is leaving, these transitions can be tricky, especially at a time when there is so much uncertainty.

They can also offer unique opportunities.  It is so critical to plan for this transition carefully.

What not to do is panic and immediately list the position.

The right way to approach a transition is to take a deep breath and decide what is required to lead the organization through this tumultuous time and emerge with a stronger organization, well prepared to deliver your mission.

With all the changes that have transpired – in the world and in your organization – your organization may have evolved into something different than it was pre COVID-19.  That’s why a leadership transition is the perfect time to take stock. [Read more…]

Let’s Be Fair… It’s Time to Eliminate the Nonprofit Pay Gap

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By David Deschenes

Three out of four people working in the nonprofit sector are women, yet men hold a disproportional share of the highest-paid nonprofit jobs. In fact, the share of women in top management jobs decreases as an organization’s budget increases. Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fonte was the only woman named among the highest-paid executives leading one of the nation’s 10 top charities in 2018, according to a Forbes ranking.

This inequity starts at the very beginning of professional careers: women are paid about 7 percent less than men as soon as they graduate from college, according to a AAUW study, even among men and women who majored in the same field.

So, what can nonprofits do to address this inequity? For starters, look at your board. [Read more…]

Professional Development and Support: Oxygen for the Nonprofit Leader

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Anyone who has taken a commercial flight is familiar with the routine that flight staff runs through just before takeoff: here are the emergency exits; flotation devices, and in the event of emergency, an oxygen mask will drop down in front of you… If you’re traveling with someone who may depend on you for help, you’re instructed to first apply the mask to yourself – then help the person that’s in your charge – in that order.

It’s pretty obvious why you should take care of yourself first. You’ll need oxygen in order to see your dependent through what could be a life-threatening event. But if you can’t breathe, well…

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Cohort Groups: Support for Those Who Are Supposed to Know Everything

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“A question for Executive Directors everywhere. Do you have a cohort group? A group of people who are also Executive Directors, understand your challenges and provide you an opportunity to talk, share, learn, grow and mentor others. If not – you should. Being an Executive Director can be one of the loneliest jobs – there is literally no one you can confide in. Perhaps your spouse or significant other – but that gets old pretty fast. A cohort group make a huge difference. [Read more…]