Avoiding Nonprofit Burnout

by | Dec 1, 2012 | Community, Leadership, Research

This paper examines the driving factors of burnout within small nonprofit organizations and purposes interventions aimed to create “organization authenticity”, a term inspired from the work of Morris Berman (1981) on body authenticity. The goal of this work is to dig deeper into the psychological and emotional conditions that cause burnout and consider how they can be healed and harmonized. Small nonprofits are emphasized because of the financial and structural challenges they face in addition to the intimacy of their work environment. The interventions are designed with this in mind and may not be applicable to larger nonprofits.


Keywords: Nonprofit Management, Organizational Health, Burnout

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