The Importance of Team Building for Non-Profit Organizations
Your team works tirelessly throughout the week to fulfill your non-profit organization’s mission and vision. Most non-profit organizations are fully volunteer-based or composed of small teams due to budgetary constraints, especially in their first couple of years. Navigating the non-profit world takes a considerable amount of time and hard work, and the importance of having a tight-knit team cannot be understated.
In the midst of packaging meals and stuffing envelopes, it is vital to remember to put down the box of gently-used clothing donations and take a minute to breathe. After all, without the team, there is no organization. A non-profit organization is distinctly different from a for-profit business in that it is not owned by a specific person, but by the public. It runs on the blood, sweat, and tears of a dedicated unit that wants to make a difference in its community. A team bonding day provides a much-needed recharging, while also providing the tools and foundation to work more efficiently together in the future.
3 Benefits of Team Building for Your Non-Profit Organization
It is not unusual for a non-profit to be led by volunteers or a small core group. Oftentimes, as you work to spread awareness of your mission and programs, you are doing so out of your home and off the clock from your regular 9 to 5. The benefits of building strong relationships amongst your team are crucial to the success of your organization and can include the following:
Devoting your nights and weekends to a cause important to your heart can be extraordinarily rewarding, but also stressful. Non-profit organizations take a lot of work, and between events and compliance documents and your fourth bake sale of the month, the stress can really begin to pile on.
Having a team you can rely on and trust to get the work done while you take a break makes a huge difference. A bonded and trusting team is willing to split responsibilities and then understand that if they are not around, the work is still being done and being done well.
Decreased Chance of Compassion Fatigue
Compassion fatigue is real and typically stems from being overworked and under-supported. Feelings of severe burnout and fatigue may strike when members of your team feel like they do not have anyone to reach out to. To target compassion fatigue specifically, you may consider the following:
- Promoting mental wellness days
- Regularly practicing open communication
- Establishing emotional barriers and boundaries
Oftentimes, compassion fatigue comes with feelings of embarrassment or selfishness. Feeling overwhelmed and overburdened is valid, but with a strong team to fall back on, it can also be preventable.
A non-profit’s volunteers are its lifeblood. These are the people showing up hours early to an event with boxes of coffee, unstack chairs, and help set up booths. They are just as much a part of your team as your paid members and deserve to be reminded of that.
Setting time aside to have a day of appreciation and bonding, with games and activities designed to specifically aid in communication and personal wellness, is a wonderful way to let your volunteers know you appreciate them and to keep them invested in your non-profit’s cause.
Plan Your Non-Profit’s Perfect Team Building Day With Frogbridge Events
Help refresh and rejuvenate your team today with Frogbridge Events. Our event planners specialize in team-building exercises and can help map out the perfect day for your organization.
A day spent on our 86-acre property is sure to be memorable and might just be the break your hardworking team needs. To begin planning your next team building day, please call us at (609) 208-9475 or fill out our online contact form.