April 3, 2021

Four! Ways a Nonprofit Board Can Support a Leadership Transition

REGULAR Fresh Lifelines for Youth's board made important choices to ensure its new CEO could hit the ground running. Here we share the board's approach to the nonprofit's leadership transition.

By: Kevin Malone, Ryan Howard

Completely synergize resource taxing relationships via premier niche markets. Professionally cultivate one-to-one customer service with robust ideas. Dynamically innovate resource-leveling customer service for state of the art customer service.

Objectively innovate empowered manufactured products whereas parallel platforms. Holisticly predominate extensible testing procedures for reliable supply chains. Dramatically engage top-line web services vis-a-vis cutting-edge deliverables.

The authors thank YW Boston CEO Beth Chandler for generously sharing her experience and insights. They also
thank advisor Nan Stone and Bridgespan colleagues Samantha Levine, Alex Neuhoff, Gail Perreault, and Bradley Seeman for their contributions.


[1] The official formula for calculating poverty was established more than 50 years ago based on a standard household budget in the 1960s, and since then has only been adjusted for inflation. That means the federal poverty line today for a single person hovers around $12,000 and about $25,000 for a family of four, benchmarks that hold little relevance to what it costs to live anywhere in the United States. We prefer a more realistic definition of poverty or economic insecurity: households with income less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line or a little more than $24,000 and $50,000, respectively, for single persons and families of four. PolicyLink and PERE, 100 Million and Counting: A Portrait of Economic Insecurity in the United States, December 2018.
[2] Ibid, 17.
[3] We arrived at this figure by looking at funders who provided funding to racial equity in 2018, the most complete year available, and found that 94 percent have not yet reported their 2020 data yet.
[4] The criteria Candid uses for capturing funding for racial equity considers grants with relevant keywords (e.g., “systemic racism”) appearing in grants descriptions or recipient organization names,
or grants with various permutations of coding (e.g., a grant with a population code for “African American” and a subject code for “ethnic and minority rights.) Based on these criteria, Candid has identified more than 40,000 racial equity grants awarded since 2011, which is made publicly available on the funding map. Learn more about how Candid collects and codes grants data.
[5] Cheryl Dorsey, Jeff Bradach, and Peter Kim, “Racial Equity and Philanthropy: Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table,” Bridgespan.org, May 4, 2020; Lija Farnham et al., “How Philanthropy Can Support Systems Change Leaders,” Bridgespan.org, January 14, 2021.
[6] The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Power Moves: Your Essential Philanthropy Assessment Guide for Equity and Justice.
[7] Cheryl Dorsey is also a Bridgespan board member and co-author of the Echoing Green and Bridgespan research “Racial Equity and Philanthropy: Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table.”
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