How to keep the flame alive

Because we work with many nonprofit organizations, we often hear tales of serious burnout, of mission drift, of high turnover and of stagnation rather than growth.

One blogger we really enjoy is Sasha Dichter. She recently addressed this issue of how a nonprofit renews itself—because all go through periods when a plateau seems to have been reached, or when a couple steps back have been taken. The challenge becomes: How do we get everyone moving again with the same passion we had way back when?

This post addresses the issue head on. But read further. Dig into the comments left by Sasha’s readers. They are thoughtful, full of both hope and despair. Any nonprofit manager should be looking for this kind of feedback from her or his own staff, to take the temperature of the organization before that temperature either spikes too high or drops into a lethargic frigid zone.