Beth Kanter\'s Blog

Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from Fire Drill Culture?

Happy Healthy Nonprofit, Leadership

Flickr Photo by Gavin St. Ours

Last week, I was honored to do several workshops  hosted by the Fund for Santa Barbara on how nonprofits can link a culture of well being to outcomes based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.… Read More

An Ingenious Texting Bot from @SFMOMA

Bots, Happy Healthy Nonprofit, Mindfulness

As we enter the age of automation, more and more nonprofits are using bots. If bots are designed well, they can have impact.   The San Francisco Museum of Art recently launched an ingenious bot called “Send Me” that allows anyone to send a simple text message and receive a picture of a piece of art matching the idea, words, or phrase texted.… Read More

Turning Empathy Inward at Nonprofit Organizations

Organizational Culture

In my book with Aliza Sherman, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout, we offer a framework for practicing self-care and creating a culture of well-being in the nonprofit workplace. The book looks at our relationships with ourselves, other people, careers and money, our environment, and technology—and shows how our relationships with people in our workplaces heavily influence our well-being.… Read More

Creating A Global Network of Capacity Builders for Social Change

Capacity, Learning, Training Design

I’ve always benefited from learning from colleagues who do nonprofit technology training and capacity but often we come from the same perspective.   I’ve always dreamed of accessing a diverse network of people who do nonprofit capacity across different disciplines  or what Nancy White has described as “learning from adjacent practices.”

This would be a network or community of practice that freely shares and learns from one another about training and capacity building that is participatory, peer-learningnetworked, makes use of design thinking, openly shared and a prelude to collective action.… Read More

How Nonprofit Professionals Can Manage Workplace Stress Triggers

Happy Healthy Nonprofit, Leadership, Mindfulness, Reflection

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.… Read More