Michele Hickey is owner/principal of Silver Lining Communications, LLC, a boutique writing services firm that assists nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and small businesses with their content writing and marketing needs. In addition, Michele is Senior Director of Executive Search at The Nonprofit Search Group, which specializes in identifying talented executives for c-suite roles in social impact organizations.

Michele has an MS in Professional and Technical Communication from NJIT, an MA in Nonprofit Management from the New School University, and a BA in Business from Rutgers University. She is a Certified Constant Contact Solution Provider as well.

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Do's and Don'ts for a Successful Nonprofit CEO Search

As executive search consultants, we’ve seen and worked through a lot of scenarios, from navigating the succession of a dynamic organization founder to reorganization and replacement of an ineffective, short-term chief executive. There is no single right way to approach a chief executive search and transition. That said, we do observe certain truisms that serve boards well regardless of the specifics of their situation. In this article, we cover the most important truisms.

Keeping Track of Key Donors

Many years ago, I took a graduate-level class in “systems design.” Much to my surprise, our course work never actually involved a computer. (Yes, computers did exist at this time, although few not-for-profit organizations actually had them.) The instructor’s philosophy was that as nonprofit managers, it was somewhat unlikely that we would ever be involved…

Project Ideas: The Good, the Bad, and the Incomprehensible

As grant proposal writers, we are often the first to review program ideas from the perspective of what I’ll call “fundability.” I’d wager that we’ve all had moments when it seemed the only appropriate response was, “Please tell me I don’t have to take this idea any further than the wastebasket.” What is our role…