Standard A22 Explained

Why is it important to have a succession plan for the board chair and committee chairs? The board of directors of a charity or nonprofit is responsible for board succession planning.1 Planning for succession to the positions of board chair and committee chairs minimizes disruption as directors leave or join the board and allows the board to ensure that important skills continue to be represented among its members and committees.2 Like planning for the succession of the Executive Director or other staff members, board succession planning increases the resilience of the organization and builds capacity among board members.

From "Accreditation Preparation Workbook Section A: Board Governance,"  Katharine Zywert, Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo at the University of Waterloo, 2013.

  1. Primer for Directors of Not-for-Profit Corporations: Rights, Duties, and Practices,” Industry Canada, 2002.
  2. Succession Planning for the Board,” Beth Deazeley, Feb. 2010.


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