Beth Kanter’s Blog

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What We Can Learn from Finnish NGOS About Resilience

Earlier this month, I was honored to receive an invitation from the US Embassy in Finland and State Department to teach workshops in Finland for NGOs, Fulbright Finland, Womens Groups, Multi-Cultural Nonprofits, Youth Groups, and a network of Finnish-American Societies as shown in the photo above.    I had an exciting and busy week of…

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Step-by-Step Guide: Nonprofit Walking Meetings

Earlier this week, I was honored to do a webinar for Soapbox Engage about self-care and bringing a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. And surely given events of this past week, we all need to continue to practice a little self-care and…


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7 Ways to Avoid Fundraising Burnout

Flickr Photo by Sam Livingston Note from Beth:   This week I’ve been in Finland at the invitation of the US Embassy to do trainings.  On August 14th, I’m doing a FREE webinar with Soapbox Engage on how to raise more money and not burnout.   So, to avoid my own burnout, please enjoy this…

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Paying Attention to Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture Pays Off

Recently, I was invited to participate in a staff “Lunch and Learn,” by Connor Diemand-Yauman, CEO of Philanthropy University, about building a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace and capacity building. One of the things I immediately noticed in the office, is that they displayed their values on the wall (the sign with the…


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How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Reflection is a critical step in assessing individual and team performance at your nonprofit.  A reflective process, whether it is a structured process for individuals or groups, can give us insights about what worked and what could be improved. Reflection requires hitting the pause button and asking and answering questions.  How many of us as…

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Strategy as We-Care: An Exercise

Note from Beth:   My colleagues at See3 had some fun using some of the ideas in The Happy Healthy Nonprofit  and apply it to creating an organizational digital strategy. This post shares a useful exercise for your digital team to reflect on what not to do for your digital strategy! Strategy as We-Care: An Exercise…


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The Power of Small Wins: Celebrating Your Nonprofit’s To Dones

Working as a nonprofit consultant can sometimes feel isolating.  That’s why it important to have networking opportunities to connect with professional colleagues face-to-face beyond online groups.    I try to make an effort to do this regularly. This past week, I met up with nonprofit consultant Carrie Rice. We met in a nonprofit conference space…

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Happy, Focused, and Productive: There Is An App for That!

Image by Ayyamsyria One of my colleagues, Nada Hamzeh, a nonprofit capacity building consultant from Lebanon, tagged me when sharing this striking image that depicts how can easily develop a behavior addiction to our mobile phones. As Aliza Sherman and I wrote in the Happy Healthy Nonprofit  the apps on our mobile phones can be agents…


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Empowering Young Children through Philanthropy

Note from Beth:  One of the things that I enjoyed most about IFCAsia was the networking opportunities to connect with other people in the region who share interests.  One of them was Vincent Law who is doing interesting work with teaching young children about giving and philanthropy.   When he told me the name of…

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Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question:  How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Did you read books, take classes, or have a coach? I answered yes to all, but more importantly I think these two methods helped me the most: Carve out time for reflection after each training and…