Every time I talk with a nonprofit leader and ask about their challenges, they almost always talk about one or all of these three challenges: staff and/or board, money and fundraising, and their own level of stress and overwhelm.
My mission is to come alongside these leaders to help them overcome these challenges.
This perfectly illustrates the life of a nonprofit leader. People coming and going, needing help, asking questions, constantly interrupting, it seems like all she does is put out fires. There’s rarely any time for the leader to focus on her own job duties during the regular workday.
So, she ends up working nights and weekends.
This leads to tremendous overwhelm and stress which affects not only her work life but also her home life.
Even though the work of the nonprofit can be incredibly rewarding, if the rewards don’t outweigh the stress and overwhelm, the leader, and by default the organization, is headed for trouble.
I know because I've been there and I can help.
These usually fall into two categories: staff/volunteers and board.
With staff and volunteers there's either not enough people to do the work or there are performance issues.
With the board there's either not enough or too many board members, not the "right people on the board, or problems with the level of engagement in the activities of the nonprofit.
I've never heard a nonprofit leader say that they have enough resources to provide all the services they want to provide to the community.
Cost effective and successful fundraising can be challenging, especially if the entire burden falls to the Executive Director.
Balancing the budget is another challenge for even the most budget conscious executive.
People Problems and Money Problems combined with lack of time to get it all done is a recipe for burn-out. Burn-out is a very real problem that can cause all kinds of physical, mental, and emotional difficulties. Extreme stress can even cause long-term physical health issues like autoimmune disorders.
After thirty years in nonprofit leadership, including the CEO role, I was burned out. I had a melt down and it wasn’t pretty. I ended up leaving the organization vowing never to return to nonprofit work.
But, God had other plans.
After a few years of healing and seeking God’s direction, He has brought me back to nonprofit work but in a different capacity.
My new assignment from Him is to come alongside women leading nonprofit organizations to provide them with the help and support that I so desperately needed but that wasn’t available to me at the time.
Like Aaron and Hur did with Moses (Exodus 17:12), I will bring her a stone so that she can sit and rest, and I will hold up her arms when they get tired.
I love to strategize, plan, organize, and get things done. In fact, those are a few of the strengths that show up on every strength, behavior, or personality assessment that I’ve ever taken.
God has given me incredible strategies that are solutions for the people, money, and stress/overwhelm problems faced by so many women who lead nonprofits
My dream is that every woman leading a nonprofit has the support and resources she needs to achieve her own God-given mission.
If you are looking for a facilitator for a group planning or goal-setting meeting, if you need a coach to help you harness your strengths to reach a new level, or if you need a professional who has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly in the world of nonprofit management, I highly recommend Laura Gamble
The coaching and support I received from Laura was life changing. When I started this process, I was struggling. I was unhappy with the stress in my life and sick and tired of being sick and tired. This process helped me awaken my true nature and self. Give yourself the gift of greater understanding, self-growth and peace. You won’t regret this decision.
Laura's insight has challenged me and allowed me to see the progress I am making to be a more competent and confident leader. She has also provided me a sounding board to discuss challenges, ideas, and wins I am seeing within my own organization. I appreciate her willingness to create an avenue for non-profit leaders to gain wisdom through her experiences and expertise. I gladly recommend her to other leaders looking to grow and become the best version of themselves.
I highly recommend Laura for strategic planning as well as on-on-one coaching and consulting.
She has worked with and led several strategic meetings for Boards of Directors with several companies I work with. And has made a huge difference in helping them develop and vision, direction and strategies to achieve those visions.
I recommend Laura to facilitate any kind of team-building or executive strategy event for your business group or management team. I've seen her in a variety of settings, and she always provides value.
Laura has been wonderful to work with. She has offered me clarity, guidance, and support throughout our coaching sessions, and I can see significant changes in myself because of it. Truly grateful for the experience.