E-Newsletter                                       October 2011



In This Issue
The Interim Solution: Nonprofit Boards Increasingly Embrace Interim Executive Leadership During Executive Transitions
RILC Convinces Palisades to "Keep the Carts"
Tweets for Thought
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Education, Employment, Health & Human Services 

The Grantmakers at our panel discussion will explore how they are adapting their strategies in an effort to support their grantees in the new economy. 

Friday, November 4th
8:30am - 12:00pm

Fashion Institute of Technology

Building A (W 27th Street near the corner of 8th Avenue)

New York, NY 10001  


Networking breakfast begins at 8:30. The program begins at 9:00.

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Knowing What Works: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Management Assistance: A Funders' Panel


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Tuesday, November 8th

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Baruch College, 135 E. 22nd St., Room 301


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A Community-wide Networking Mixer


Wednesday, October 26th 6 - 9pm


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The Interim Solution:  

Nonprofit Boards Increasingly Embrace Interim Executive Leadership During Executive Transitions


Transitions of nonprofit chief executive officers - whether the position is called Executive Director, President, or CEO - continue to cause nonprofit boards worry and anxiety.  A CEO transition can lead to one of the most vexing periods for a nonprofit.  Funder and staff concerns and community confusion often take the organization off-course aDon Crockernd can stall out the success of even the best organizations.  Recent research on nonprofit CEO transition indicated that in 2011 7% of current CEOs have given notice and 67% anticipate leaving within five years. But within that 67% there is also a large cohort (10%) who have not given notice but say they are actively considering leaving.


However, when professionally managed, a chief executive transition can be one of the most valuable periods of time in a nonprofit's life cycle.  Important new approaches can be explored, alliances and merger opportunities can be investigated, and the board can reconnect with critical stakeholders through the transition process.  Increasingly, nonprofit board leaders are choosing Executive Search and Transition Management (ESTM) services and the placement of a professional Interim Executive Director to guide the organization through its transition period.  A stronger alternative to traditional search services, ESTM consultants and an Interim Executive Leader can work with the organization and its board to seek a harmonious ending for the departing CEO and a healthy, focused beginning for the new one. 


An interim not only stabilizes the organization through the transition, but also provides the board with the time needed to carefully examine the aspirations and direction of the organization so that the new leader can effectively move the organization forward. With the help of local and national foundations, the Support Center has helped to prepare a large pool of interims that stand ready to step up and help organizations navigate the potentially rough waters of executive transition.


What have your experiences with transition been like?  Let me know your thoughts on our blog.


Interested in Becoming An Interim Executive Leader? 

Join us for a informational workshop on what it takes to be an Interim Executive Leader with one of our seasoned Interim Executives -- Gilles Mesrobian.


Thursday, November 3rd  



For more information and to register, please click here  


RILC Convinces Palisades Center to "Keep the Carts"    

Earlier this year the Support Center assisted the Board of Rockland Independent Living Centers (RILC) in the selection of their new Executive Director, George Hoehmann.  Here's a great example of his impact -- successful advocacy efforts for the disabled and elderly turned around a Palisades Mall decision to discontinue offering motorized carts.  It also opened communications with the Mall owners for the future. About 400 of the people served by RILC use scooters which are commonly found at supermarkets, warehouse stores and large discount stores.  For these individuals and many others, manual wheelchairs are insufficient substitutes, leaving individuals unable to shop independently. Read more in this New York Nonprofit Press piece.


Tweets for Thought 

This month, we found interesting examples of NYC organizations who are taking new approaches to their work and seeing results!

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