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Beth Kanter

Recent Posts by Beth Kanter:

Running Effective Virtual Meetings: Tools and Techniques for Engagement

In many of the workshops I've been facilitating based on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, many nonprofits are recognizing that offering some workplace flexibility to employees is not only an attractive benefit, but also can increase productivity and help with burnout prevention. Many nonprofits allow staff to work remotely one day a week. Workplace flexibility creates a need for better skills in facilitating virtual meetings and hybrid meetings, where some participants are in the room and others participate using audio-only or video conferencing platform. That's why I've added a new workshop on running and facilitating effective virtual meetings.


How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Reflection is a critical step in assessing individual and team performance at your nonprofit. A reflective process, whether it is a structured process for individuals or groups, can give us insights about what worked and what could be improved.


How to Stop Your Nonprofit's After-Hours Email Habit

I recently taught several leadership development workshops at the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership based on my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. One of the workshops focused on technology wellness in the nonprofit workplace, more specifically on how to avoid collaborative overload.


Nine Ways to Make 2017 a Happy Healthy Year for You and Your Nonprofit

We are all familiar with the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions to start self-improvement habits or stop unhealthy ones. But what if everyone in a nonprofit pledged to initiate an activity that promoted organizational wellbeing and resulted in improved productivity?


Why the Nonprofit Work Ethic Is Outdated and Needs to Change


I’ve just returned from week-long leadership
development program in Israel called “Reality Storytellers” hosted by the Schusterman Foundation.   At the beginning of the trip, we were interviewed by Sharonna Karni Cohen, a women start up founder of a dreams portal, about our hopes and dreams for the trip and what we wanted to take back with us.  This information was given to artist Paulina Correa who created a visual from the interview which was presented to us upon our departure from Israel.


Four Smart Ways to Avoid Burnout for Nonprofit Professionals

Working at a nonprofit can be a pressure cooker. Trying to manage huge workloads with limited resources can easily trap us into thinking that working nights and weekends after a full day at the office is the answer. Overworking will not only steal your clarity but ultimately zap your energy.


Everyday People Are Heroes: Using Big Data to Engage New Agents of Change Online


Note from Beth Kanter:  
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Data Driven Nonprofits by Steve Maclaughlin (launching today, Sept. 6th) and so data and nonprofits has been on my brain.  So when colleague, Cheryl Contee reached out an idea for this post, I could not resist!  Speaking of books, you can pre-order my next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout due out in October.

Guest Post by Cheryl Contee


Four Early Lessons Learned in the Quest to Improve Feedback Loops in Philanthropy


Do nonprofits and foundations listen to the people they seek to help and act on what they hear?

The answer is…sort of…

 



Photo by LIFT


Why Can’t the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector Scale Generosity? #givedaylessons

What Happened on Give Local America Day?

For the past few years, I’ve been facilitating a peer learning group with a small cohort of grantees, all community foundations, hosting Giving Days in their communities using the Giving Day Playbook. The activities for this community of practice included regular conference calls primarily for the cohort, webinars for a broader audience of community foundations, and an online safe space open to any community foundation hosting a giving day to share knowledge and tips with colleagues.


Make It Rain: Tips and Tricks for Nonprofit Crowdfunding Success

 

Two noteworthy free resources to learn more about online fundraising from the UK:  My colleagues at Social Misfits Media launched their latest free guide for charities and nonprofits last week. It is called  ‘Make It Rain: Tips & Tricks for #Crowdfunding Success.’