Nonprofits will soon have many chances to hone their executive hiring skills, finds a 2006 study by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and the Meyer Foundation. Close to 10 percent of nonprofit executive directors will leave their jobs within the next year, and a whopping three out of four will leave their organizations over the next five years.

When the time comes to fill that top spot, nonprofits that rely on fundraising should zero in on one particular area of their candidates’ resumes: their...

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