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Fundraiser burnout: It’s real. It’s dangerous. It’s avoidable.
The passion you feel as a fundraiser is a double-edged sword. On one hand, that fervor keeps you going in the face of the difficult challenges of raising money: so many meetings, so many rejections, so little help, so little down time.
On the other hand, you can be so driven that you don’t – or can’t – stop to refuel. Sound familiar? Maybe not, because you’re probably too busy to even notice that you’re heading for, or in the throes of, a major burnout.
Once it hits, you lose your edge. Passion and creativity wan, and your work suffers. Donors feel it. Fundraising suffers, then the mission suffers. The causes – the people – your organization exists to serve are the ultimate victims, since your job fuels the work that they depend on.
It happens to the very best of us. Stop, take a breath, and join us for this no-hold-barred examination of fundraiser burnout. This session will teach you how to recognize the signs, and explore how it affects your work and your organization. You’ll learn how to build resilience, and to develop a strategy for life/work balance that will keep you strong and motivated throughout your career, as well as allow you to bring well-being as a cultural value to your team or organization.
About the Presenter: Beth Kanter
Master Trainer, Speaker, Author, and Blogger
Beth is internationally recognized thought leader in networks, social media, philanthropy, wellbeing in the workplace and training. Beth has over 35 years working in the nonprofit sector in capacity building and has facilitated trainings for thousands of social change activists and nonprofits on every continent in the world. She is an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop leader. Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media,” Beth was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2009-2013. She author of the award winning Networked Nonprofit Books and The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout published by J.Wiley. She writes “Beth’s Blog,” one of the first nonprofit blogs. Her clients include foundations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She is adjunct professor at Middlebury College.