From the Inside Flap
If you're reading this, you may have begun your nonprofit career with a burning passion to contribute to a cause and maybe, over time, that passion started to dwindle and you feel you are burning out, creating a toxic situation for you and your organization. If you recognize this is happening to you, stop suffering now and read The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit.
Finally, you and other people like you who are the life force of nonprofits worldwide, get authoritative, straightforward guidance on tangible ways to take care of yourself in order to maintain optimal performance. Through the singular humor and piercing insight of two highly respected innovators, learn what it takes to sustain yourself to work more effectively on your organization's mission. Gain access to a set of well-vetted blueprints to evaluate your own burnout level, create a plan to revitalize yourself, and take real steps to transform the way you treat yourself and how you work.
This guide is a powerful lens that identifies the stresses and challenges that everyone in the nonprofit sector faces and provides practical advice from a wide range of social change activists sharing their personal turnarounds and triumphs by incorporating happy, healthy habits into their everyday routines. The second part of this revolutionary movement expands self-care principles throughout your organization and then beyond to the entire industry. We all need to support each other on our quest to make the world a better place. The WE-care philosophy encourages organizations to shift their cultures to support their staffs' well-being with the same priority given to external stakeholders. From real-world tips for conducting walking meetings to making a commitment to take real vacations and completely break from technologythis single volume has everything you need to develop a culture of well-being within any size organization. Quickly and easily, you can:
- Gain a meaningful understanding of the causes and symptoms of burnout and their effects on the 5 Spheres of Happy, Healthy Living
- Create a fully customized self-care plan with the included ready-to-use individual self-care assessments and handy checklists
- Get your organization-wide adoption of a well-being program off to an impressive start in six essential steps
The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit gives nonprofit leaders and staff an effective approach to impacting their causes in greater ways through a sector-wide attention to self-care.
From the Back Cover
"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
Praise for THE HAPPY, HEALTHY NONPROFIT
"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 resourcestime and intellectual capitaltowards 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