Supporting Exiting CEOs

Recognize and respond to CEOs’ concern: Grantmakers are quick to acknowledge that grantee organizations, and the larger nonprofit sector, owe successful CEOs — especially founding or long-time CEOs — a debt of gratitude. Yet outgoing CEOs often wrestle with serious problems: from insufficient retirement funds to limited or no job opportunities; from isolation from former peers to fear of losing one’s identity; from concern for the organization’s future to lack of clarity about when to leave, how to leave, and what the options are. As one consultant noted, sometimes the problem is as simple as being “a bit clueless about what they might do next. They need clear models of folks who have moved on to different types of work in the nonprofit sector."

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This takeaway was derived from Executive Transitions.