On Nonprofit Leadership Transitions - A Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 -
8:30am to 10:30am EDT
Philanthropy New York; 320 East 43rd Street; NYC 10017
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Program executives and those who lead grantmaking strategy and practice are invited to attend a breakfast conversation about leadership transitions in nonprofit organizations.

Earlier this year, Philanthropy New York hosted a conversation among funders who were seeing a number of executive level transitions taking place in nonprofit social justice groups and wanted to talk explciitly about how funders could better support groups through successful transitions. Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld of the Building Movement Project facilitated the meeting and provided background on leadership transitions including the need to address the nonprofit racial leadership gap. Attendees shared what they were seeing within the communities they fund and questions they were grappling with as funders. (Read notes from the meeting.)

There was strong interest in meeting again to share learnings and ideas for funder practices that holistically support organizations through leadership transitions. At this meeting, attendees will be invited to share case studies from their own experience - either a transition that has gone well and the type of support you were able to provide, or one where things did not turn out well and some reflections on what you might have done differently as a funder. We have also invited two nonprofit executives who have recently gone through a leadership transition to share their perspective and experiences. The conversation will continue to look at leadership transitions through a race equity lens.

  • Funder practices that support or hinder successful nonprofit leadership transitions
  • What are the elements of a “healthy” transition
  • Connection between how leadership transitions are supported (or not) and the racial leadership gap in the nonprofit sector

Facilitators / Presenters

Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld of Building Movement Project will facilitate this conversation. They have a long history in writing about generation shifts in nonprofit leadership, the leadership in leaving, and the nonprofit racial leadership gap.

Ana Conor (Co-Director of Third Wave Fund) and Cathy Dang (former Executive Director of CAAAV) will join to share their reflections on funder practices that support leadership transitions.

Designed for

All interested funders who are decision-makers in their foundations. If we are oversubscribed, we will limit participation to one representative per organization.


8:30 - 8:45 AM   Networking breakfast
8:45 - 10:30 AM  Program

Registration is required by October 13th.

PNY Members: To register yourself or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above.

Guests of Co-Sponsors: Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with your name, title, organizational affiliation, business mailing address, and phone number. Please indicate by which organizer you were invited. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with your name, title, organizational affiliation, business mailing address, and phone number. Please indicate by whom you were invited. ($150 fee) 

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

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