Congratulations to our friends at the Rhode Island Foundation

Congratulations to our friends at the Rhode Island Foundation on their 100th year! We are proud to be part of their story. Learn more in the case study “Change Management for a Changing Environment”.

Spring Newsletter: Collaborations that Strengthen Nonprofit Leadership

AchieveMission’s Spring Newsletter brings to life the experience of nonprofit CEOs engaged in a Kresge Foundation – AchieveMission collaboration focused on human capital managment and leadership development. We also share resources, job postings, and news related to nonprofit leadership and talent development.

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Four Strategies for Staying on the Path to Scale

Strategy, capital, and people are essential to scaling an organization’s work and impact, but they’re not sufficient—to transform those crucial resources into the desired results, nonprofit leaders need to redesign their organizations too.

In a September 2015 Stanford Social Innovation Review article we addressed the human side of scaling. Now, some thoughts on the fourth leg of the stool: how to design a scale-ready organization, in “Four Strategies for Staying on the Path to Scale.” We welcome your feedback!.

Succeeding with Succession

Everyone agrees that succession planning is one of the CEO’s and board’s most critical responsibilities; in fact, a recent article published by The Bridgespan Group highlighted it as by far the No. 1 organizational concern for US nonprofits. Yet all the studies suggest that nonprofits and their boards grossly neglect this all-important task. What is the disconnect?

We’ve seen that many nonprofit leaders avoid succession planning because of the anxiety and painful misunderstandings they fear it will create. And, this high emotional charge rests, in turn, on prevalent misunderstandings about succession planning.

The key to succession planning success is to acknowledge the anxieties and reframe understandings of succession planning. Our newest thought piece Succeeding with Succession, recently published by Bridgespan, offers insights from our work to help nonprofit leaders understand and tackle these obstacles–and to create a positive, productive environment for moving succession planning forward, and producing a palpably stronger organization.