Why should I address succession now? - Exponent Philanthropy

Why should I address succession now?

Succession tops the list of what keeps foundations up at night, yet many are reluctant to tackle the issue.

Addressing succession early on has a number of benefits:

  • It’s important to pass organizational strengths to future leaders while senior board members are still active.
  • Disputes over mission, the pressure of geographic dispersal, uneven competencies and commitment across family branches, or poor leadership are best tackled sooner than later.
  • Discouraging potential successors for too long is particularly dangerous in family foundations. By the time parents or grandparents are ready to be inclusive, the offspring may have moved away or invested their philanthropic interests elsewhere.

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