4 Ways to Stay Motivated as a Nonprofit Professional

“Sacrificing one’s health in service of a cause is a common narrative in the nonprofit sector.” — Beth Kanter & Aliza Sherman

  1. Get out of your head, and your office. I’ve discussed some ways for nonprofit employees to engage with their communities. This client engagement is precisely what makes nonprofits, and especially community action agencies, great. Not only will interacting with those you serve remind you why you’re doing this, it will inform you of your audience’s needs.
  2. Practice self-care. Do yoga in the morning, drink hot tea, or read a book. Turn off your cell phone for a while.
  3. Unless your job requires it, don’t check your email on your days off.
  4. Organize a wellness team at your nonprofit. Convene a group of employees with the goal of organizing fitness classes, hosting healthy potlucks, and making recommendations for policies to improve employees’ wellbeing.