Workshop for Rowan nonprofits on executive succession

Published 3:35 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In the next five years, North Carolina’s nonprofit sector will see nearly 60 percent of its executive directors/CEOs leave their positions. Over 70 percent of N.C. nonprofits do not have a succession plan and only 33 percent have an emergency back-up plan.

It is critical that boards of directors and nonprofit executives take steps to prepare for this huge transition of leadership.

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits will present the workshop “Executive Succession: It’s Inevitable” on May 26, 9 a.m.-noon at the Catawba College Center for the Environment, 2300 W. Innes St. Sponsored by the Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation, the workshop is free of charge to all charitable nonprofit organizations in Rowan County.

The workshop will include:

  • Tools to help educate board members about their responsibilities in planning for executive succession as a key governance responsibility and a component of sound risk management;
  • A sample template for an emergency back-up plan;
  • Opportunities for interaction with other board members, executive directors/CEOs, and other senior staff; and
  • A list of resources to guide nonprofit staff and boards on this task.

This workshop is free to Rowan County nonprofits, but registration is required. For registration and information, visit, email, or call 919-790-1555, ext. 100.

Founded in 1990, the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits ( works to enrich North Carolina’s communities and economy through a strong nonprofit sector and nonprofit voice. It serves as an information center on effective practices in nonprofit organizations, a statewide network for nonprofit board and staff members, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Established in 1997, the Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation has led charitable efforts that positively impact Salisbury, its people and neighbors.

The foundation has awarded more than $30 million in grants to 156 organizations and agencies, whose projects address adult and family issues, education, community health concerns, performance and the visual arts, tutoring and childcare, history and preservation, capital improvement, and youth.