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The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit. Strategies for Impact without Burnout

  • ID: 3680197
  • Book
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Kanter and Sherman provide an essential guide for nonprofits looking to make a positive social impact on their communities and around the world."
Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post


"Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman have created an essential guide that champions self–care for individuals and organizations in the nonprofit sector. Every leader can benefit from the lessons in The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit as they learn to preserve and strategically deploy their most valuable resources time and intellectual capital towards improving our world."
Laura Arrillaga–Andreessen, Author, New York Times Bestseller, Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World and Founder/Chairman, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

"Yes, your work is important. But so are you. Beth and Aliza want you to realize that the change you seek to make begins with your ability to make that change. This book is a great place to start."
Seth Godin, Author, Linchpin

"The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit provides nonprofit leaders with a thoughtful framework for creating a workplace culture in which they and their staff can better serve their mission by all taking better care of themselves."
David Rousseau, Kaiser Family Foundation, VP and Executive Director, Media and Technology

"Social change is hard work. So let us be thankful for the hard workers of social change. But, more, let′s pay attention to the health and happiness of those committed to the common good. The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit offers a much–needed path for doing just that."
Jacob Harold, President and CEO, GuideStar

"Just as the title tells you, this book is different from anything you′ve read about nonprofits. It′s filled with specific tips and strategies you can put to work today. Everyone who works in nonprofits or wants to start one needs to read this book by the leading experts in the sector."
Sree Sreenivasan, former Chief Digital Officer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University

"Kanter and Sherman have written a ground–breaking book that maps how we can nurture and sustain our most invaluable resource, the people who bring the mission of our organizations to life. The authors create a new paradigm for nonprofits, moving from a cultural expectation of self–sacrifice to one of self–renewal. This paradigm shift is key if we are to create a society with sustainable nonprofits."
Nancy J. Smyth, PhD, LCSW, Dean and Professor, University at Buffalo School of Social Work

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Our Acknowledgments xv

Beth s Acknowledgments xv

Aliza s Acknowledgments xvi

Foreword xvii

Introduction xxi

The Vision xxi

Why We Wrote This Book xxiv

What You ll Learn in This Book xxv

PART I Revitalize Yourself

1 The Problem: Why Nonprofit Professionals Burn Out 3

When Work and Life Collide 3

What Is Burnout, Anyway? 8

Causes of Burnout 12

The Stress of Work 18

Moving Out of Burnout 25

2 The Foundation: Understanding the Areas of Self–Care 27

Dealing with Stress 27

What Is Self–Care, Really? 28

Introducing the Five Spheres of Happy Healthy Living 30

Sphere 1: Relationship to Self 32

Sphere 2: Relationship to Others 36

Sphere 3: Relationship to Environment 38

Sphere 4: Relationship to Work and Money 39

Sphere 5: Relationship to Tech 42

It s Time to Make a Change 44

3 The Assessments: Change Your Habits, Make a Self–Care Plan 45

Self–Assessment Is the First Step 45

Creating Change 57

Making It Happen: Your Self–Care Action Plan 62

4 The Practices: Happy, Healthy Things You Can Do for Yourself 69

Individual Self–Care 69

Supporting Health and Wellness 70

Supporting Happiness and Well–Being 75

5 The Workflow: Changing the Way You Work 83

Bringing It to the Office 83

Relationships in the Workplace 84

Environment 87

Your Workflows 89

Managing Your Energy 90

Asking for Flexible Work 94

Bringing Play to Your Work 96

Breaking from Work 98

Tech Wellness 100

PART II Revitalize Your Organization

6 The Culture: Transforming Your Organization 107

Connecting the Dots to Organizational Culture Change 107

Defining a Happy, Healthy Culture 110

The Role of the Leaders 117

Supporting Employees for Culture Change 123

Committing to Culture Change 127

7 The Activities and Cues: Self–Care to WE–Care 129

WE–Care in the Workplace 129

The Physical Office 137

Human Interactions 141

Mindfulness at Work 144

Creativity Activities 147

Home Life Support 149

8 The Processes: Well–Being in the Workplace 151

Workflows 152

Energy Management 153

Walking as Work 153

Flexible Work 158

Play at Work 160

Breaking from Work 162

9 The Strategy: Working toward a Happy, Healthy Nonprofit Organization 171

Wellness Versus Well–Being Programs 171

The Benefits of a Happy, Healthy Strategy 174

Why Employee Engagement Is Essential 176

Your Policies and Employee Benefits 180

Writing Your Happy, Healthy Strategy 185

Rolling Out Your Strategy 187

Evaluating Your Happy, Healthy Organization 190

Shout Hallelujah, Come on Get Happy and Healthy! 192

Notes 193

Index 201

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Beth Kanter
Aliza Sherman
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