January, 2017 | Beth's Blog

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Why Self-Interested Volunteers are the Best for Nonprofits


Note from Beth:   The Mobilization Lab at Greenpeace recently commissioned and released this report, Beyond the First Click: How Today’s Volunteers Build the Power of Movements and NGOS.   Beyond the First Click examines innovative volunteer engagement work by 35 organisations empowering people to scale change and win by learning and doing more.  

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The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Book Tour: You Are Invited To Join Us

Aliza Sherman and I never dreamed that our book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, would be such a needed resource in the nonprofit field when we started writing it last year.  Working in the nonprofit sector has become even more stressful in the last few months and we will all need to strengthen our individual and organizational resilience so we can serve our stakeholders without burning out or going crazy.… Read More

Trainer’s Tip: Your Room Set Up Can Make or Break the Learning Experience

Yesterday, I spent a day facilitating leadership workshops for arts leaders attending the Art House  Convergence Conference near Park City, Utah. on personal and organizational resilience based on the ideas in my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit.

As a long-time trainer, professor, and teacher,  I feel strongly that interactive learning activities – going beyond the death by Powerpoint Lecture – is the key to retention and application for participants.    … Read More

A Few More Tips for Nonprofit Professionals To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed

Flickr Photo by Real Blades, Creative Common License

This year, I was really looking forward to taking a holiday break and not feel stressed about deadlines, tasks, or the never ending parade of meeting requests and emails.   I’m overwhelmed getting back into the daily grind, how about you?… Read More

One Simple Tip To Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job

I’ve been enjoying The Cooper Review, the satirical blog of Sarah Cooper that features weekly original articles, videos and cartoons on workplace humor.   I happened to catch the above cartoon from a recent medium post called “9 Cartoons To Help You Avoid Any Work.”  It really spoke to me about our culture of overwork, especially in the nonprofit sector.Read More