What is a Happy, Healthy Nonprofit?
The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit is a manifesto for mindset change in our sector, raising the conversations about the importance of self-care.
Authors Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman have joined forces in their new book The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout. This book takes on the outdated and unsustainable work ethic that plagues many nonprofits: a “Scarcity Mindset” leading to working long hours with few resources without investing in an organizational strategy of self-care.
This book is a practical toolkit filled with concrete ideas, examples and steps for both individuals and organizations working on social change issues to achieve impact without burnout.
The Happy Healthy Nonprofit takes off where The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit left off — helping individuals and the nonprofit organizations they work for how to live and work with online networks in more sustainable ways.
Topics in the book include:
- Understanding the pillars of self-care for individuals: sleep, nutrition, exercise
- Stress reduction techniques
- Managing technology and information overload
- Understanding and practicing different ways to work that replenish individual energy
- Effective team work habits and communication
- Productive and effective meetings
- Developing staff wellness plans as part of organizational strategy
- Mindful Leadership
- Ways to encourage individual and group reflection and learning
The way we work in the nonprofit workplace and conduct our personal lives contributes to our feeling of being overworked and overwhelmed. This is so all too common in the nonprofit sector, and it takes more than just a shift in mindset of funders, board members, nonprofit leaders and professionals, but also a fundamental culture shift toward supporting more sustainable ways of work and an attention to self-care.