Burnout Prevention Survey

In December 2017, hundreds of mostly-nonprofit folks responded to Susan's "burnout prevention survey" that asked about respondents' motivational resources, stress levels, and wellness needs. Below, see resources sent in, and a little more about the respondents.

Wellness Resources

Physical Health

Exercise, nutrition, and sleep are critical for every body. For nonprofit workers, physical health is the cornerstone of effectiveness at work (and therefore impact on the world). See what online resources can support moving, feeding and resting your body...

Physical resources

Mental Health

Nonprofit workers are unusually stressed about problems of the world, plus we have problems of our own. Depression, financial woes, addiction and workaholism plague our sector -- so let's pay more attention to our mental health. Here are some great places to start...

Mental health links

Team Health

We're often communicating poorly and fighting for scarce resources at work. Sometimes we're experiencing racial divisions, sexual harassment or other toxic office cultures. Even the best teams need to constantly invest in building trust, improving communication, providing professional development, and attending to equity issues.

teamwork resources

Motivation in Tough Times

Thanks for the dozens of diverse suggestions y'all sent in -- books, podcasts, TED talks, web resources -- check 'em out & keep 'em coming. 

“We’re going to win this war, not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love.” 

-- Rose Tico (Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi)

Gimme motivation!

About Survey Respondents

Who Took This Survey?



81% of respondents are current nonprofit staff.


A third are (also) board members. 


A third are (also) former nonprofit staff. 


Only 5% are foundation folks, so far.

Group sizes

Respondents represented a mix of organization sizes:


18% (0-3 staff)

37% (4-10)

15% (20-50)

12% (50-100)

12% (over 100)

5% (over 1,000)

Survey Says!

Here is what survey respondents said nonprofit workers need most:

  • Financial Health (68% chose this)
  • Professional Development (67%)
  • Exercise & Ergonomics (65%)
  • Mindfulness & Meditation (60%)
  • Inclusion & Equity (50%) 
  • Activities to build teamwork & empathy (48%)
  • Nutrition (45%)
  • Telework & HR options (45%)
  • Depression & Addiction (43%)
  • Assessing work styles (40%)

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.

"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.  All things break.  All things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go.  Love intentionally, extravagantly, intentionally. 

The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you."

― L.R. Knost