Learning Lab: Founders Syndrome

Start Date and Time: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Organization Name: 
Santa Fe Community Foundation

Founder’s Syndrome refers to a pattern of behavior that occurs when a founding director or long-term board member begins to feel that the organization cannot function without their guidance. The resulting conflict between newcomers and the founders can be very destructive to the organization and to the individuals. A solid succession plan for both Board Members and Executive Directors can promote a more successful transition through the life stages of an organization. Although almost all Executive Directors recognize Founder’s Syndrome and most organizations have term limits for Board members, few organizations have a developed a plan to groom a successor for the Executive Director position or for Board members as a safeguard against Founder’s Syndrome.

Audience:  Executive directors and board members

Presenter:  Susan Simons has a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and has been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) for 17 years. She was honored as the 2013 New Mexico YWCA Woman on the Move. She is a Robert Woods Johnson Fellow and served on the New Mexico Association of Fundraising Professionals Board as NPD Co-Chair for 3 years and is now President-Elect. She was the Executive Director of the Central New Mexico Affiliate of Susan G. Koman for six years. She now has her own consulting business working with organizations to establish their non-profit status both federally and within the state. She works with more established nonprofits in grant writing, sponsorship development, and other types of fundraising and public outreach.

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501 Halona St
Santa Fe
New Mexico

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