Older Leaders Worry About the Future of Their Nonprofit Groups

Head of Boston Legal-Aid Group Steps Aside, Not Down 1

Jeff Thiebauth

“When I stepped down, I really stepped aside. I didn’t go in for six or seven months. I was available to be consulted with, but I felt I would help the most by creating a little space before I came back,” says Bob Sable.

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Jeff Thiebauth

“When I stepped down, I really stepped aside. I didn’t go in for six or seven months. I was available to be consulted with, but I felt I would help the most by creating a little space before I came back,” says Bob Sable.

Charity leaders age 55 and older have concerns about what the future holds for their personal and professional growth, but they are even more worried about how their groups will fare when they retire, a new survey finds.

That may be the case in part because only 30 percent of the 266 people who were interviewed said that their organizations have done any succession planning.

Virtually all of the people in the study, which included some leaders who have already retired, said