Gratitude for Our Retiring CEO

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Dear Friends of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits,

I am writing to share the news that our President and CEO Jeanne Tedrow has decided to retire and will be leaving the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits at the end of 2023, after seven years at the helm of the organization. During her tenure, Jeanne built relationships and partnerships to fortify North Carolina’s nonprofit sector, helped to elevate the voices of nonprofits to advocate for better laws and support for nonprofits and the communities we serve, and provided learning and networking opportunities for nonprofits to cultivate knowledgeable leaders and effective management practices. Jeanne also led the way towards healthy and equitable communities by first evaluating and infusing equity into the Center’s own organizational practices and culture.

Jeanne has graciously committed to a smooth transition over the next six months while the Board of Directors searches for a new President and CEO. We have a strong Board of Directors and talented staff who are equally committed to a seamless transition in leadership. I’m grateful that we are in an excellent position to take on the task of finding a new leader for this valuable organization.

The Center Board of Directors will utilize a thoughtful and thorough search process led by experts in the field of transition management. Rachel Zink of Onward Nonprofit Services and Gary Landwirth of Giving Ideas have been selected based on their experience in nonprofit leadership transitions, passion for our mission, and familiarity with our organization. They have outlined a process that will include a nationwide search for our new CEO. I’m pleased to announce we have established a Search Committee composed of five board members and three staff members. Dawn Chávez, Vice Chair of the Center’s Board, will serve as Chair of the Transition Committee. This team has an outstanding plan and process, which I’m confident will identify the next spectacular leader of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

After an extensive assessment to determine the strategic priorities for the incoming CEO, we are proceeding with a comprehensive executive search.

We are beyond grateful for Jeanne’s leadership and wish her all the best on her retirement. I know she will always be a friend to the organization and an ardent champion of the Center’s mission. On behalf of the entire team at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, we appreciate your continued support!

Best Wishes,

Deviré Robinson
Board Chair

Succession Planning