Succession Planning

Start your succession plan today!

The team at Harvard 100 and our generous community volunteers are pleased to share a free succession planning course with you. This course will help you better understand the various components involved in succession planning. It is not intended to create a plan for your organization, but it will empower staff and board members to gain deeper insight into what will be required of them as you begin this process on your own or with the help of a consultant.

The succession planning course is offered for free through the Thinkific learning platform. You’ll be asked to sign up with your email address, but this information will never be shared or sold. We can’t wait to help you get started on the road to succession planning today!

Still not sure if you need a succession plan?


At Harvard 100 we truly believe that succession planning is vital to the long-term health and well-being of nonprofits. Don’t want to take our word for it? Check out the videos below to see what leaders in the Triangle have to say about the importance of succession planning.

Succession planning is inevitable. It’s extremely important to ensure that your organization has the right leader at the right time. So has your nonprofit’s board started planning accordingly? Spend a few minutes watching our video series dedicated to the importance of succession planning – and how to execute it well.

“Leadership is everything, and the intentional planning of leadership, that’s what succession planning is all about.”

Eric Guckian shares what exactly should be in your nonprofit organization’s succession plan.

Jeanne Tedrow

NC Center for Nonprofits

“If your executive director is seasoning out… then for the integrity of the organization they will begin to talk with the board and really be transparent about their plans.”

Hear Jeanne Tedrow’s thoughts on how you can help your next executive director succeed.

“You need to plan for succession because the inevitable happens. People leave their jobs.” 

Dana Lange shares the dangers of not having a succession plan in place – and filling the position with wrong person.

Ryan Ray

Jobs for Life 

“Succession planning is critical to the success of an organization.” 

For our last video, listen to Ryan Ray’s thoughts on having a leadership pipeline and how it sets your organization up for both short-term and long-term success.