M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

succession planning

Resources for a successful leadership transition

One of the most key ingredients to sustaining organizations is preparing for a successful executive director transition. Even if leadership transition in your organization is a number of years away, research indicates that early and thoughtful planning will aid in the success of the changeover.

The next succession training will be held October 7, 2021 and will be focused on organizations who are currently led by the founder. The training will be limited to ten organizations to create a supportive small group experience. Interviews for participation will be held in April, 2021.

For more information, please contact John Franklin, Program Director at johnf@murdocktrust.org.


In 2014, the Murdock Trust piloted a workshop on founder succession planning for 22 organizations around the Pacific Northwest. Tim Wolfred, a San Francisco-based consultant for nonprofit succession planning, led the training and discussion. The following documents from the session are available for download:

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The Trust guides nonprofit organizations through every level of their development through grants and other resources.

The Trust has a wealth of knowledge and experience that can make all the difference to you and your organization.