Sutherland Edwards

Executive Transition Services

It happens eventually in every organization: CEOs leave and organizations find themselves searching for new leadership. Where hasty transitions can put tremendous strain on the organization's staff, volunteers and relationships, a well-managed transition can be a time of renewal and growth. Sutherland~Edwards tailors each executive transition engagement to meet the unique needs of the organization, helping to achieve a smooth transition. Clients may choose from a broad array of services, including:

Interim CEO Staffing
Sutherland~Edwards can provide an experienced and dedicated nonprofit leader to serve as Interim CEO while your organization conducts a comprehensive executive search. Managing Partner, Christina Sutherland is available to work on-site three to five days a week to oversee the day-to-day operations of your organization until a new leader is in place. We will simultaneously act as “in-house” consultants, working closely with the Board and staff to assess and analyze the organization’s current capacity. The Interim CEO will also consult with the Board to map out a transition plan and an executive search process. A typical Interim CEO engagement lasts between four and ten months.

CEO Recruitment and Search Services
Sutherland~Edwards conducts executive searches for community foundations. Our deep knowledge of the community foundation field and our nonprofit management expertise allows us to quickly and effectively recruit top-notch candidates. We manage the search process from beginning to end, working closely with the search committee to hire a new leader for your organization. Our executive search service may be coupled with Interim CEO staffing, or be chosen as a stand-alone service.

Organizational Assessment and Development
We conduct organizational assessments for organizations in all stages of growth as they seek to launch programs, staffing or systems in new directions. Read more about this service.


Client: A statewide nonprofit organization providing cultural programs and grants

Our Work: Served as Interim CEO for an underperforming organization in need of a major transformation.

Results: Reorganized staff, reevaluated and replaced operational systems, established an active fund development program where none existed before, and reengaged the Board in the work of the organization.


Client: A $60 million community foundation

Our Work: Led the search process to hire a new CEO for a community foundation poised for growth. Worked closely with the search committee to understand the foundation’s priorities, culture and values, and recruited several highly qualified candidates from a national pool.

Results: A dynamic new CEO was hired and the foundation is thriving under their leadership.

Having been very pleased with Sutherland-Edwards’ work on our strategic planning effort, we retained the firm to manage our search for a new CEO. We were delighted with their work, hallmarked by a comprehensive knowledge of the national community foundation business, the close attention and responsiveness to our needs, and the ultimate retention of an outstanding new leader for our Foundation."

Thomas McCann,
Former Board Chairman
Community Foundation of Collier County

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