Professional development

  • Contemporary workplaces feature many competing responsibilities which vie for an employee's time. It is therefore all the more important to dedicate time to reinforcing the skills and knowledge your staff or volunteers need to perform their duties.

  • Supervisor Roles and Responsibilities: Helping People Succeed (CompassPoint, 2013) includes sample worksheets and covers the following learning objectives:

  • Jeanne Canina Tedrow, President & CEO, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

    Happy New Year – 2019!

  • It is important to know what is expected in order for a board member to fulfill his/her commitment to serve your organization. Make it clear by using this sample to outline what the duties and responsibilities would be required. (Blue Avocado)

    Sample Board Member Contract

  • Consider these simple ways to keep your staff focused and positive.

    © North Carolina Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Inc. From Common Ground, a publication of the N.C. Center for Nonprofits,


  • Sample performance review templates with questions that can be used as an outline to conduct performance reviews with staff. (North Carolina Center for Nonprofits)


  • Critical to succession planning and organizational resilience are systems that support skills development for board and staff. Presented here are the elements of a robust talent development culture. (CompassPoint)


  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation's report, Capturing the Power of Leadership Change: Using Executive Transition management to Strengthen Organizational Capacity, highlights the challenges associated with executive transitions and describes a model of executive management transition.

  • Tim Wolfred of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services emphasizes the importance of backing up the executive director’s key functions within the organization to provide stability in the event of an unplanned absence. Use "Emergency Backup and Cross-Training Plan" to create plans for your nonprofit. 

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2008 "Building Leaderful Organizations: Succession Planning for Nonprofits" seeks to continue detoxifying the topic of nonprofit succession planning so that executives, boards, staff, and funders can take up these activities without unnecessary fear or concern and provides nonprofit boards and executive directors a framework for their own succession planning activities.

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