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How Nonprofit Professionals Can Manage Workplace Stress Triggers

Flickr Photo by Brittney Bush This week I facilitated a Happy Healthy Nonprofit workshop for nonprofit professionals hosted by CVNL in Marin County.    Before focusing on workplace strategies and culture change, participants go through some reflective exercises, including taking the nonprofit burnout assessment, identifying stress triggers and reactions before creating a self-care plan. As…

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ETR Steps Forward for Weekly #WorkplaceWellness

ETR Associates Staff Walking Group Note from Beth: I recently facilitated a Happy Healthy Nonprofit workshop on bringing a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace. We discussed the importance of leadership modeling and supporting a culture of  wellbeing. My colleague, Laura Norvig, who works for ETR, a behavioral health non-profit devoted to providing science-based…


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How Much Is Nonprofit Workplace Stress Self-Inflicted?

Last week I facilitated a workshop on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit:  Linking Nonprofit High Performance to Wellbeing in Santa Cruz hosted by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Part of the workshop includes an assessment and reflection about the causes of stress in the nonprofit workplace. I had participants use an online polling app…

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Book Review: Nonprofit Storytelling in a Digital Age

My colleague, Julia Campbell, has just published a book, “Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits” and was kind enough to share an advanced copy. In a digital age where there is so much online available online and attention is your supporter’s most precious resource, are you saving or seizing it?  If your organization…


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5 Ways Nonprofit Facebook Messenger Bots Can Deliver Impact

My conversation with the Albert Einstein Bot In my last post about nonprofit bots, I discussed the big picture of automation in the nonprofit space and what I learned from the “The Beth Bot” experiment.    For this post, I did a landscape scan to identify some of the best examples of nonprofit bots.  (These examples…

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4 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

Almost four years ago, I wrote my experience as a participant n a design-thinking lab to give input on a digital strategy for a philanthropy. The design lab was facilitated by Pete Maher, founder of Luma Institute.  I learned so much about the taxonomy of innovation and really practical techniques, that I took the facilitation training….


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New E-Book: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy for Nonprofits

It’s not secret to nonprofits that fundraising is critical to the success of your mission. But, does your entire organization treat it this way?  Is  culture of philanthropy embedded in the way that everyone does their work?  I’m thrilled to contribute a chapter in Blackbaud’s newest npEXPERTS eBook, that includes 10 chapters of ideas on…

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Nonprofits in the Autonomous World: Will the Bots Take Over?

Click to Check Out Beth Bot What is the “autonomous world?”  As Jeremiah Owyang, founder of Crowd Companies, describes it as drones, robots, chat bots, and AI.    He should know, having tracked and observed the disruption caused by online technology over the past decade. We are in the middle of global disruption due to widespread…


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Book Review: The Imagination Gap

My colleague Brian Reich has just published a new book, The Imagination Gap.  I’ve known Brian for over ten years and he is a brilliant strategist for executive leaders and global brands – nonprofits, startups, and political organizations.   He has done a lot of work recently in innovation processes, especially to solve big social…

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4 Signs You Are A Burned Out Nonprofit Fundraiser

You’ve smiled through back-to-back-to-back-to-back meetings with donors and your best donor prospect just cancelled on you, and now you’ve got to finish that grant report before you can go home. It’s totally normal to feel super exhausted after a particularly rough day—but if every day is starting to feel rough, you might be close to…