Fundraiser burnout: It’s real. It’s dangerous. It’s avoidable.

The passion you feel as a fundraiser is a double-edged sword. On one hand, that fervor keeps you going in the face of the difficult challenges of raising money: so many meetings, so many rejections, so little help, so little down time. 

On the other hand, you can be so driven that you don’t – or can’t – stop to refuel. Sound familiar? Maybe not, because you’re probably too busy to even notice that you’re heading for, or in the throes of, a major burnout.

Once it hits, you lose your edge. Passion and creativity wan, and your work suffers. Donors feel it. Fundraising suffers, then the mission suffers. The causes – the people – your organisation exists to serve are the ultimate victims, since your job fuels the work that they depend on.

It happens to the very best of us. Stop, take a breath, and join us for this no-hold-barred examination of fundraiser burnout. We’ll teach you how to recognise the signs, and explore how it affects your work and your organization. You’ll learn how to build resilience, and to develop a strategy for life/work balance that will keep you strong and motivated throughout your career, as well as allow you to bring well-being as a cultural value to your team or organisation.

Learning outcomes

– Identify common sources of burnout for fundraisers and learn stress-reduction strategies for yourself and the people you manage

– Develop a strategy to take care of yourself and tips for bringing well-being into your workplace

– Learn and practice a self-coaching technique called Dynamic Reflection using examples provided by participants