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March 09, 2016

How to Prevent Nonprofit Employee Burnout

The demands of nonprofit work can take a toll on employees. Whether it’s a never-ending to-do list, emotionally draining work, management challenges, long hours, or lack of funding, nonprofit employees at all levels can experience work fatigue.

The following resources offer advice and approaches to help individuals alleviate stress and help organizations take action to diminish work-related anxiety and prevent employee or volunteer burnout.

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April 11, 2017

9 Ways to Ensure Your Vacation Is Really Time Off From Work

Coordinating and communicating with donors and colleagues ahead of time is key to arranging a worry-free escape from the daily grind.

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April 18, 2017

4 Tips for Squeezing in More Personal Time

Experts urge setting priorities, learning to say "no," and establishing personal boundaries to keep the job in perspective.

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April 20, 2016

Staying Healthy While Doing Good: Managing Stress in a Nonprofit Job

Tips for being productive at the office while preserving work-life balance.

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February 12, 2004

How to Manage the Stress of Work at a Charity

Some nonprofits share their tips for dealing with the stress of charity work.

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March 08, 2002

How Compassion Fatigue Can Overwhelm Charity Workers -- and What to Do About It

Various medical nonprofits discuss how they combat compassion fatigue.

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September 26, 2011

Quiz: Is Your Board Suffering From Burnout

If you're a trustee or chief executive, take this simple quiz created by BoardSource to find out whether your nonprofit board needrejuvenation.

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September 08, 2013

Grant Maker Champions Support for Overburdened Charity CEOs

Julie Rogers, who is stepping down next summer as head of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, has focused on nurturing nonprofit workers in addition to strengthening the safety net for poor people in the nation's capital.

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October 31, 2012

A Recovery Plan for Fundraisers Facing Burnout

You may be working on the side of the angels, but putting in too many hours and taking on too much responsibility take a mental and physical toll.

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October 02, 2011

Overstretched Board Members Fight Burnout

Trustees and chief executives who work together to reinvent themselves are finding ways to avoid the fatigue that accompanies governance in a downturn.

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November 29, 2007

Caring for Caregivers

A showcase of charities that are trying new ways to help nonprofit workers overcome work stress.

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March 09, 2006

Foundations Are Burning Out Charity CEO's

A study points out the reasons why charity leaders are sometimes crippled by work stress.

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March 25, 2002

How Charities Prepare Volunteers for Intensely Emotional Work

Charity managers and consultants offer advice to organizations that wish to better prepare their volunteers for emotionally intense assignments.

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October 02, 2011

Who’s to Blame for Board Burnout

Keeping boards active is a shared responsibility for chief executives and trustees, governance experts say.