Can Fractional Leadership Transform Your Nonprofit? (Rocky Cabagnot)  

March 2021

One of the key challenges in nonprofit management is the identification, recruitment and retention of top-tier talent.  This challenge is compounded by budgetary realities that limit your ability to secure individuals with the skills and experience your organization needs, and as a result, critical hiring offers are often made to "B players" or emerging talent that can (hopefully) grow into the role. Are there other ways to approach this dilemma? That's exactly what Rocky Cabagnot and I discuss in episode #90 of the Path Podcast.  Rocky is an attorney who specializes in the fractional leadership, and offers several ideas and approaches that will help you look at talent development in a whole new way.  What makes Rocky's insight even more valuable is that while he is a practicing attorney, he's also served as a full-time executive director and understands the management challenges of talent development and having sufficient expertise on staff to address increasingly complex issues as a nonprofit leader.  

"Don't be so wedded to your organizational chart; you may find fractional executives can make a dramatic difference."


Rocky M. Cabagnot is an Attorney at Hull & Chandler P.A. in Charlotte, NC. Rocky's practice includes providing direct legal services to nonprofits and public charities, advising these entities on a wide range of legal issues.  In the past year, Rocky has branched out his practice offering his clients fractional general counsel services.  Prior to joining Hull & Chandler, Rocky served as the Executive Director of the Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency, a multi-million dollar 501 (c)(3) public charity that administered Head Start/Early Head Start, affordable childcare, and family self-sufficiency programs (Community Services Block Grant) throughout six counties in North Carolina.  For five years he served as a clinical law professor at an ABA accredited law school in Charlotte, NC where he developed and supervised the law school's Community Economic Development Clinic, providing pro bono legal services to nonprofits and community groups throughout the Charlotte metro region.  He holds a law degree with Honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, a Masters in Mass Communication from the University of Florida College of Journalism, and a Bachelor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.