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The Causes and Costs of Lost Productivity in Nonprofit Workplaces and How To Avoid It

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As part of the workshops that I deliver based on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit , one of my most popular is how to avoid collaborative overload in the nonprofit workplace. Collaborative overload results from too many pointless meetings, a tsunami of emails, and a drumbeat of constant interruptions.

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Nonprofits and the Age of Automation: AI, Machine Learning, Bots Link Roundup

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My Networked Nonprofit co-author Allison Fine and I have been actively researching and writing about the Age of Automation with an eye towards our next book.

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Twitter for Nonprofits in 2018: Rebirth or Retire?

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The past year, Twitter has been widely criticized for its role in spreading misinformation , being a Petri dish for hate speech , and how it approaches world leaders use of the platform.

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Small, But Mighty: A Resource for Small Nonprofit Leaders

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Note from Beth: I’m honored to be a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community , a group of people in the nonprofit sector who care deeply about high performance.

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52 Fun Ways To Take A Mini Break and Regenerate for Nonprofits

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While writing The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout in 2015, we did a scan of what was available in the nonprofit. Ever since, I’ve been keeping an eye out for new resources for nonprofit professionals about avoiding burnout and self-care.

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The Nonprofit Book We’ve Been Waiting Four Years To Read Is Finally Here: New Power

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Back in November, 2014, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans published an article about “New Power” in the Harvard Business Review that caught my eye.

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How Nonprofits Practice Continuous Improvement

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I’m just back from spending a week in Bangkok, Thailand at the IFC-ASIA: Ecosystems for Good.

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How and Why Stories Can Bust Nonprofit Silos

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Flickr Photo by Rex Hammock. Note from Beth: Digital storytelling is key to fundraising success, but using a storytelling lens in your organization can have further benefit of busting organizational silos. Miriam Brosseau and Stephanie Corleto share why.

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Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Workplace

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Last month, I was honored to present and facilitate an all-day workshop for nonprofit leaders at the Oregon Nonprofit Leadership Conference on how to activate a culture of well being in the nonprofit workplace, based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

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Why Nonprofit Workplaces Are Stressful and What To Do About It

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In light of the recent high profile suicides by Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, Vu Le wrote an excellent piece on what nonprofits need to know about mental illness. One of the points he brings up is the importance of creating an environment where life/work balance flourish.

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Nonprofit Professionals: Don’t Let Email Spoil Your Summer Vacation

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Mobile phones and 24/7 connectivity blur the lines between personal and work time, especially during summer break or vacation. And according to recent poll s, some 62% of people check their work email while on vacation.

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Facebook Announces Overhaul of Newsfeed: What Does It Mean for Nonprofits?

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Yesterday was my birthday. And the one great thing about social media, particularly Facebook, is that you get to hear from many people wishing you a happy day because the platform alerts them. This year I had a tsunami of birthday wishes.

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The Facebook Scandal and What It Means for Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy

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Source Facebook Blog – Click for Source.

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How to Design an Effective Nonprofit Staff Retreat: A Lesson from Life

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Note from Beth: Blocking out time for your nonprofit’s staff to do planning and work on areas like organizational culture is essential for success. Designing the meeting so it is effective and encourages team-building can be tricky. Here’s some terrific advice from Sarah Axelson.

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Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

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Does your work at a nonprofit include facilitating meetings or trainings? Looking for new techniques to add to your facilitator’s toolbox?

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Holiday Vacation Exit Strategy: How To Take A Break

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The holidays are almost here. It should be a time where nonprofits and their hard working employees welcome some much needed downtime. Vu Lee in a recent guest post on the Guidestar blog has issued a call to inaction suggesting that nonprofits should give the week off to staff.

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Help Hurricane Harvey Victims: Where To Donate #HoustonStrong

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I watched the news reports from Texas and was horrified at the scale of this disaster. I grew up on the Jersey shore where I’ve been evacuated due to storms, but I have never seen this level of disaster. My heart goes out to the victims and I want to help.

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Trainer’s Notebook: The Digital Nonprofit: A Participatory Workshop

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Last week at the IFC-Asia , I co-designed and facilitated a 90 minute workshop with Marco Kuntze titled “ The Digital NGO: The Journey from Paper to Screen.”

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Your Nonprofit’s Culture: By Design or by Default?

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Note from Beth: In my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, we discuss how to create a culture of wellbeing to encourage self-care. Jay Wilkinson, CEO of Firespring , shares some thoughts on building the right culture of for your nonprofit.

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Book Review: Work That Matters

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Last month I was lucky enough to run into Maia Duerr who participated in Wake’s Tech2EmpowerUSA at a workshop I was facilitating on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit. Maia Duerr recently published a book called “ Work that Matters: Create a Livelihood that Reflects Your Core Intention.”

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Is Influencer Marketing Part of Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Strategy in 2018?

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Rob Cottingham, Social Signal – Cartoon for Measuring the Networked Nonprofit. It is not too early to start thinking about your nonprofit’s social media strategy for 2018, including how you want to capitalize on social media trends that will have maximum impact in 2018.

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Help I Just Lost My Google Ad Grant

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Note from Beth: George Weiner from Whole Whale wrote this insightful piece about the Google Ad Grant program. He kindly offered to let me republish here. . Help I Just Lost My Google Ad Grant – Guest Post by George Weiner.

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Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

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It has been ten days since Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island of Puerto Rico. We have read the harrowing news reports about a lack of food, electricity, and water and people dying.

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Book Review: Sharing Cities – Activating the Urban Commons

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Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons is a collection of 137 case studies and policies in 11 categories how self-organized, democratic, and people-powered policies and initiatives can help solve some of the most thorny problems we face around the world in urban areas.

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The Surprising Truth About Donor Fatigue And What Nonprofits Can Do To Avoid It

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Photo by Fuel Relief Fund on GlobalGiving. Note from Beth: With the hurricanes, gun violence, and fires, I gave generously, including donations to Global Giving funds. I surpassed my giving budget for disaster relief giving.

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Mindful News Consumption Tips for Nonprofit Professionals

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This week I was honored to teach a Happy Healthy Nonprofit Workshop at the 1440 Multiversity Nonprofit Service Week. This beautiful retreat center is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and offers professional development on a wide range of leadership, wellness, and other topics.

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Virtual Meetings: 5 Tips for Nonprofits Working Across Time Zones

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My work as a trainer and facilitator has brought me to many places in the world. Often, the training on-site is the beginning of project which includes facilitating sessions remotely across time zones.

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Stop Days: The Secret To Nonprofit Productivity

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The NTEN Book Club, organized by Lauren McKown and Kai Williams, hosted a video chat this week.This month they have been reading The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout and discussing it in the NTEN online community.

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3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

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Almost four years ago, I wrote my experience as a participant n a design-thinking lab to give input on a digital strategy for a philanthropy. The design lab was facilitated by Pete Maher, founder of Luma Institute.

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A Culture of Wellbeing as a New Nonprofit Strength: Building Capacity During a Time of Disruption

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Note from Beth: In my recent book, The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit and leading workshops for nonprofits all over the world on this topic, I continue to be passionate about the need to build resilient and sustainable nonprofit leaders and organizations. This is true now more than ever.

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8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

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Meetings are a big part of our work week, whether it is a recurring staff, team, or board meeting or informal check-in. Our meetings are face-to-face, virtually, and a combination of the two known as “hybrid” meetings.

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The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation

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The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation by Allison Fine and Beth Kanter. What nonprofits need to do to make sure that they are in charge of the bots, not the other way around.

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Guest Post: Facebook Video Tips from Non-Profit Marketers

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Note from Beth: Is Facebook Live or posting videos part of your nonprofit’s strategy for 2018? It should be. Using a tool like Animato can make it easy for your nonprofit to create DYI videos, but to be successful you need to develop a strategy and use compelling storytelling.

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How Much Is Nonprofit Workplace Stress Self-Inflicted?

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Last week I facilitated a workshop on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Linking Nonprofit High Performance to Wellbeing in Santa Cruz hosted by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Part of the workshop includes an assessment and reflection about the causes of stress in the nonprofit workplace.

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6 Tips for Nonprofits to Combat Digital Distraction and Improve Productivity

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Image Source: 7able. On Feb. 13th, I’ll be doing a FREE Webinar for nonprofits hosted by Salesforce Foundation on “ Combatting Digital Distraction and Technology Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace.” ” Come join me. . Ever hear of something called “ Nomophobia ?

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Book Review: Nonprofit Storytelling in a Digital Age

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My colleague, Julia Campbell, has just published a book, “ Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits ” and was kind enough to share an advanced copy.

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4 Signs You Are A Burned Out Nonprofit Fundraiser

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You’ve smiled through back-to-back-to-back-to-back meetings with donors and your best donor prospect just cancelled on you, and now you’ve got to finish that grant report before you can go home.

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New Pew Research Report: The Future of Digital Life and Well-Being

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The Pew Research Center has released a research report called “ The Future of Digital Life and Well-Being.” ” Pew interviewed technology experts and scholars (including me) about the benefits and drawbacks of our digital lives.

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Do Capacity Building Programs Help Nonprofits Achieve Better Results?

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Note from Beth: My long-time colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director, Social Sector Accelerator, shares some thoughts about nonprofit capacity building programs based on extensive research. Her answer to the question about capacity building programs leading to better impact will surprise you.

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Claim Your Nonprofit Scholarship for BoxWorks

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Is your nonprofit grappling with digital transformation of its programs and operations? BoxWorks 2018 is just over three months away on Aug 29-30 in San Francisco and the nonprofit sessions are a great place for learning about digital transformation (and networking too.).

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Turn Your Stress Into Meaning: A Few Tips

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Drawing by Rob Cottingham. I’m hearing from many nonprofit folks that they are feeling the exhaustion from a perpetual cycle of outrage. Many felt stressed and exhausted back in Nov. 2016, and have been fighting for important causes for 18 months now.

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Will Robots (and bots) Replace Nonprofit Staff and Interns in the Workplace?

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Allison Fine and I have been collaborating on research and writing about the next wave of disruptive technologies (AI, Bots, and Robots) and what it means for the nonprofit sector. We have a couple of opportunities coming up for you to join the discussion.

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

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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.

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