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Participants will be added to the cohort on a rolling basis. Once the cohort is full, a start date will be determined by the facilitator.

Founder Transitional Learning Circles will provide a cohort of Founders and another one for board members to meet over a period of time. Each Circle will explore the challenges that may emerge and help the organization to begin preparing the way for a Successor. In addition, participants will have a peer support group that they can lean on after their Circle no longer formally meets.

Each organization is encouraged to have a Founder/Long-Term Executive and at least one board member participate. Learning Circles are most beneficial to organizations that anticipate a transition within the next 1-5 years.

Each Circle will be able to accommodate up to 10 organizations and will meet four times over a five-month period (2-hours each meeting).* Learning Circles will conclude with one final wrap-up session which brings both groups together. Under the guidance of the facilitator, a schedule of topics will be developed for each circle. This program is a follow-up to our workshop on founder transitions.

Registration will go live next week.

If you have questions about the learning circles please contact Bob Wittig- bobwittig@gmail.com

Program Cost:

  • Organizations with budgets under $1million: $150 and $50 for every extra person from the same organization (e.g. for a Founder and one board member, $200; for a Founder and two board members, $250).
  • Organizations with budgets over $1m: $250 and $50 for every extra person from the same organization

*At this time, all meetings will be virtual.


Bob Wittig

For over 30 years, Bob has brought his passion and commitment to support nonprofit missions.  He has worked to build community and a collaborative spirit among organizations, leaders, and board members. He has been on both sides of the aisle, managing direct-service nonprofit organizations and a foundation.

Bob served as executive director at the Catalogue for Philanthropy, Jovid Foundation, and Academy of Hope. He was director of development at Joseph’s House and direct marketing manager at Special Olympics International. Bob was selected to be part of the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers to Ukraine.

Bob’s nonprofit experience includes grant making, program development and implementation, budget development, fundraising, strategic thinking, and board training and development.  He helped found Mundo Verde Public Charter School and the Skyland Workforce Center.

Bob has written articles for Charity Channel and was a contributing author to YOU and Your Nonprofit Board:  Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs.  In 2015 he co-authored Nonprofit Board Service for the GENIUS with Susan Schaefer.

Bob is currently a member of the Joseph’s House board of directors and the Skyland Workforce Center Advisory Board. He is enrolled in the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Certification Program.

Bob enjoys storytelling, swimming, hosting dinner parties, and learning how to play the djembe.  He lives in DC with his teenaged daughter and Bruce the Wonder Dog.

Email: bobwittig@gmail.com