August 11, 2021

Best Practices to Avoid Nonprofit CEO and Staff Burnout

exhausted woman looking upward with Best Practices to Avoid CEO and Staff Burnout Karen’s Next CEO Conversation

Are you perpetually short on time for lunch, family needs, and non-essentials?

During weekends, do family members “catch” you working?

At 3 a.m., do you wake up and wonder how you will get the stuff done on your desk?

Do you work more than 50 hours per week?

And, if you stop and think about it, do you see your best staff members following your lead?

Does Burnout Threaten You and Your Staff? 


And, you’re not alone.

Most nonprofit CEOs, executive directors, and staff know some of what you should do to take care of yourselves to avoid burnout. Yet, too often, emergencies, challenges, and interruptions get in the way even when you schedule self-care time. And, people are finding that what they’ve always done is inadequate now.

Is the Burnout Risk Growing in Nonprofits?

You know the answer to this question.


This year placed so many new demands on everyone. And the signs of exhaustion are everywhere. Consider the amount of nonprofit leaders turnover and the Great Resignation. Recent surveys (no surprise) report that nonprofit staff now suffer from new fears, frustrations, exhaustion, anxiety, and stress.

Moreover, have you stopped to consider what burnout actually costs your nonprofit?

What Can You Do?

Attend Karen’s Next CEO Conversation on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. E.

In a facilitated and candid problem-solving discussion with your peers, we’ll explore burnout prevention systems and tactics. This confidential and supportive conversation is only for nonprofit CEOs and executive directors (best for those with budget more than $500k.)

Yes, sign me up.

We’ll explore:

  • What works, new and improved approaches
  • Establishing boundaries that stick
  • Protecting your nonprofit people assets

On Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. E., discover how your peers approach the burnout challenge. Get ahead of the stressful autumn and end-of-the-year rush. Reserve your seat this Karen’s CEO Conversation.

Yes, sign me up.


Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.


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