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Below the Surface: Mental Health and Psychological Safety in the Nonprofit Sector


Many of us are drawn to nonprofit work because we've witnessed or faced some kind of adversity in our lives that has inspired us to desire change. We're committed to righting wrongs, and come into the sector full of passion for making a difference for the causes we care so deeply about.

At the same time, we're seeing disturbing statistics around the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the sector, a constant revolving door of talent, and issues around morale and trust. If you're stressed out, burned out, and/or suffering mentally and emotionally, you'll never be able to serve your cause most effectively.

Join Ian and Leah, both of whom have lived experience with mental illness, in this first of a series of events related to mental health in the nonprofit sector. In this session, we'll provide an overview of the issue, identify the problems that need to be addressed, and begin to talk about solutions.


  • Leah Eustace, CFRE, ACFRE

    Leah Eustace, CFRE, ACFRE, is President and Head Paddler at Blue Canoe Philanthropy, where she specializes in fundraising success coaching, copywriting, case development, strategic planning and program audits. Her volunteer work is extensive: she’s Vice Chair of Professional Development on the AFP Global Board and sits on the ACFRE Credentialing Board. Leah is an AFP Master Trainer, a Stability Leader and is certified in Mental Health First Aid.

  • Ian Adair

    Ian Adair is a three-time nonprofit CEO; and a recognized expert in leadership, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Ian has been fortunate to have success leading corporate and nonprofit teams, volunteer boards, and front-line staff around the country. Ian is a speaker, author, and advocate concerning mental health awareness and addressing mental health in the workplace. He is the executive director of the Gracepoint Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Gracepoint Wellness, which impacts the lives of more than 25,000 individuals in Tampa, Florida each year, seeking mental health and addiction services.

December 12, 2019
Thu 1:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 30M

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