Nonprofit Wellness
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Nonprofit Wellness Pilot INFO

1st Pilot, Sept 2018-March 2019

1st Pilot, Sept 2018-March 2019

1st Pilot, Sept 2018-March 2019


Our first pilot looked at how physical and mental health tools affect individuals, teams, and organizations.  

Our first Pilot cohort was 82% female, 65% people of color, 52% lower-income, and 22% have an invisible disability or chronic illness. 

At the organization level, we seek to impact retention, productivity, recruitment and joy. 

Overall, and over time, we seek to support a culture of well-being at every nonprofit. 

Who participated?

1st Pilot, Sept 2018-March 2019

1st Pilot, Sept 2018-March 2019


Our first 60-person cohort involved the following 12 organizations: 

The Advancement Project

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

First Focus, Florida House DC

Free Minds Book Club

German Marshall Fund of the U.S.

Justice Policy Institute

Nat'l Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda 

Nat'l Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Reading Partners DC

Tahirih Justice Center


A few testimonials

1st Pilot, Sept 2018-March 2019

A few testimonials


And  it's okay to take time for yourself, go to the gym, go do yoga, self care, it's extremely important. (FMBC)

[Coaching over five months] ...really helped me think through a lot of personal challenges that were creating mental blocks for me in the workplace. And then we had some really solid, specific, actionable advice for challenges. (APALA) 

The group that did yoga together, we're talking about it all week and enjoyed it a lot. Given the political climate, women and people of color are experiencing a lot of stress, and I think that it’s negatively impacting our mental health. (NLIRH)



Without the total of $40,000 in benefits, the Pilot couldn't have happened. 

Donors were:

Headspace Meditation * Still Point Spa * Capital Bikeshare * Bikram Yoga Works * Willow Street Yoga * Balance Gym * VIDA Fitness * Mind the Mat * SoulEx Float Spa * Vortex cycling * Yoga Heights DC * Bluebird * Sky Yoga * YogaWorks * M Street Yoga * Joy Of Motion * EnableU Coaching * Rahim Spence Coaching  * Patagonia * The Six O'Clock Scramble * Mindful Schools * Crunch/Sport & Health * Flywheel * Neighborhood Trust * Quartz Queen Yoga * Shaw Yoga * SOLDIERFIT Silver Spring * *  Blue Heron Wellness * Five Rhythms * JRINK * Jen Szymanski Nutrition* Leslie Zucker Coaching * Andy Proctor Financial Coaching * Natalie Miller Coaching * Urban Artistry * Sandy Spring Adventure Park * Orange Theory Fitness (Tenleytown & Silver Spring) * Takoma Bicycle * Imagination Stage * Woolly Mammoth * Gala Theatre * Sou Family Recipes * Kathy Carroll * Claudia Arango * Vicky Bonasera * Carol Mermey * Carol Collins * Kate Miller * Contradiction Dance * Walk the Middle Way * Art of Potential *

 Joe's Movement Emporium * Under Armour 

author and naturalist


"People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.” 

From the wellness pilot application 2018


Mental health choices

51  Mindfulness or Meditation Support

48  Financial health (coaching, training, investment advice) 

45  Workplace team health (assessing learning styles, healthier team events, group-building)

43  Right brain therapy (tickets for visual arts, theatre, musical events)

40  Counseling/therapy (relationships, stress, anxiety, depression, eating, substance abuse)

33 Spiritual retreat or self-awareness workshop

6   Self-medication: What you need to know about alcohol, marijuana, caffeine, vaping & vitamins

Physical health choices

41  Nutrition counseling

39  Ergonomics at work (standing desks, typing well, reflexology

37  Studio fitness classes (Spinning, Barre, Pilates)

36  Yoga classes

36  Fitness/Health Coaching (interpersonal and online memberships)

32 Gym membership (including CrossFit, boxing, swimming)

Other physical health choices

24  Dance or Martial Arts classes,

9  Running: new gear (shoes, bra)

8  Cycling: new gear (such as helmet, lights, bike, lock)

6  Sports team or program (equipment, coaching or race registration fees)

Most popular team activities @office

54  Mindfulness class (with guided meditation)

48  Walking tour, ropes course, hike (or other physical, team-building activities)

48  Tasting party: vegetable/fruit/protein juices

42  Financial health (retirement, savings, tax return basics)

40  Healthy cooking demonstration or nutrition class

34  Yoga class 

Other team activities @office

31  "Take Five: Why 5-minute Breaks Bring Productivity & Joy" (lunchtime workshop)

30  Workout class (physical trainer)

28  Community (feet-and-hands-only) Acupuncture / Acupressure Session

25  I would attend a (free) Meetup for nonprofit workers at a local gym/studio

19  Gardening How-To workshops (working in nature bolsters mental health) 

Patrisse Cullors, author, When They Call You a Terrorist

“And joy. The system isn’t set up to care for us, 

but I’ve found that little impromptu dance parties in the living room 

with my family - that is medicine.

That’s joy.

 It keeps me going.”