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Succession Planning

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Steven D.

Interim Executive Director

Posted Date
Feb 11, 2019
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Impact statement
This project will save us $16,398 , allowing us to assist the current interim leadership who are highly skilled, but have never executed a succession plan nor held executive leadership positions in a non-profit.

Project Details

What We Need
  • A written succession plan that outlines a vision of the future leadership team, how to develop future leaders within the Organization and/or seek new talent to fill gaps, strategies for reducing disruption during a transition, and a draft timeline for any known upcoming leadership changes.
  • Coaching on how to engage senior leaders and key funders, and strategies for gaining the commitment of board members and staff to manage a planned or an unexpected transition intentionally.
Additional Details

In 1965 Ann Fagan Ginger founded the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute (MCLI) to provide advocacy and education regarding the enforcement of human rights in the United States. Ann led MCLI for nearly 50 years before stepping down as Executive Director. Now MCLI needs to transition by bringing in new leadership and sufficient funding for a small staff.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have transitional leadership, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have adequate accounting and database records, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help

A successful leadership transition will ensure that the visionary human rights work of Ann Fagan Ginger and her many colleagues continues.

Project Plan

Prep: Current Materials
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with the Organization's strategic plan and an outline detailing the Organization’s current standing, current and upcoming challenges, and leadership qualities that are believed to be necessary to navigate these challenges
  • Professional assigns roles to Board Members, Executive and Key Staff
  • Professional provides Volunteer Manager with success planning readiness questions
Milestone 1: Analysis
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager go over succession planning readiness questions
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager go over organization’s strategic plan
  • Professional brainstorms with Volunteer Manager to better understand challenges, current leadership and staffing
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager conduct board self assessment or executive performance evaluation, if needed
Milestone 2: Recommendations
  • Professional creates a succession plan that outlines a vision of the future leadership team, guidelines on how to develop future leaders within the organization and/or seek new talent to fill gaps, and a draft timeline for planned leadership succession
  • Organization provides feedback to Professional's plan
Milestone 3: Final plan
  • Professional delivers a final succession plan outlining implementation of recommendations
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About The Org

Our Mission

The mission of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute is to bring the United States into compliance with existing human rights and peace law. These human rights include the right to housing, a living income, education, due process of law, freedom of speech, and to be free from systemic racism, classism, homophobia, sexism, abelism, and other forms of discrimination. MCLI advocates in alliance with communities directly experiencing human rights violations.

What We Do

MCLI was founded in 1965 by Ann Fagan Ginger, an attorney who successfully fought the infamous Red Scare in the 1950s. In 1964 she became a leader in the Free Speech Movement and founded MCLI as a resource for social movements expanding upon Alexander Meiklejohn's civil rights advocacy. For over 50 years Ann Fagan Ginger led MCLI as Executive Director expanding civil rights advocacy to include international human rights articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and human rights treaties through education, reporting, and advocacy.
From 1945 to 2010, Ann Fagan Ginger and MCLI published the Human Rights and Peace Law Docket; the primary source available for human rights law. MCLI published numerous books on human rights, peace law, and social justice organizing. In 1986 MCLI led a successful campaign to create the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, and for 30 years MCLI worked to establish similar commissions around the country. In 1995, the Institute's Human Rights Reporting Project began using new U.S. treaties as tools to work for human rights. Since 2001 MCLI began publishing the quarterly newsletter "Human Rights Now!".
Recently, Ann Fagan Ginger stepped down as the Executive Director of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute. She continues as the intellectual force inspiring the next generation of leadership. MCLI's mission to build the leaders of tomorrow's movements centers around our tradition of training the next generation of organizers, advocates, and attorneys. MCLI now boasts over 400 intern alumni.
Today, MCLI is developing leadership from community organizers emerging from oppressed communities facilitating mentorship under the Law Office Study Program (LOSP), providing a tuition free alternative to law school. MCLI's current executive director Steven DeCaprio is an alumni of the LOSP and has been a social justice community organizer for over 20 years.

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