Five Myths that Perpetuate Burnout Across Nonprofits

There is a pervasive fear in the nonprofit field that focusing inwardly—on our staff, our leadership, even our own salaries—will take away from achieving our organizational missions. That needs to change.

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, you jump on board, heart open, mind and body ready to work tirelessly to “fulfill the mission.” Then, the creep happens: The hours are long; the pay is mediocre; the leadership is not as tuned-in as you’d hoped; the career ladder seems non-existent. In fact, you feel like the organization expects you won’t last.