Cynthia Gregory

Cynthia Gregory is an author, life strategist, executive coach, and Certified Co-Active Coach. She’s the Communication Director for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the International Coaching Federation, a Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter, and the California Writers Club.

Cynthia is a not-for-profit leader with more than two decades in the field. She knows all too well that no one works harder and deserves more validation than not-for-profit fundraisers, executives, and cultural changemakers. Through her coaching practice, Cynthia supports not-for-profit leaders with individual and team coaching as well as not-for-profit leadership mastermind group facilitation.

Cynthia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Gonzaga University and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College. Cynthia is widely published, recently authoring the book, Journaling as Sacred Practice: An Act of Extreme Bravery.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Cynthia Gregory talks about why not-for-profit leaders lose their balance
  • The lack of support for the fundraiser’s wellbeing
  • How an executive coach can help with being overwhelmed and experiencing compassion fatigue
  • The burnout problem in the not-for-profit space
  • Understanding the competition in fundraising
  • How can coaching help high achievers do more?
  • Common areas where not-for-profit leaders need help
  • Cynthia talks about how to make coaching a higher priority for philanthropy professionals
  • Cynthia’s MasterMind series and how not-for-profit leaders are engaging with the groups

In this episode…

According to a survey by Chronicle of Philanthropy, 51% of not-for-profit fundraisers plan to change jobs within the next two years—and 30% have either left or plan to leave the not-for-profit field altogether.

These staggering stats paint a clear picture of burnout among leaders in the not-for-profit sector, where leaders don’t have anyone to turn to. As a leader, your colleagues see you as a competitor and your staff looks to you for all the answers. So you work harder, do more, and end up maiming your work-life balance. Sometimes you even struggle with compassion fatigue.

Listen to the episode of the Philanthropy212 Podcast with Penny Cowden as she chats with executive coach Cynthia Gregory about work-life balance for not-for-profit leaders. They discuss why not-for-profit leaders are experiencing burnout, the lack of support for leadership in the nonprofit sector, areas where these leaders need help, and how coaching can help.

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Sponsor for this episode…

This episode is brought to you by Philanthropy212, a fundraising consulting company focused on helping not-for-profit organizations build sustainable practices and programs that raise more than just money.

Philanthropy212’s founder, Penny Cowden, has 25 years of experience in the industry and has helped raise more than $100 million for non-profits such as PeaceHealth, Sisters of Charity, Inova Health System, Banner Health System, and Sun Health.