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Increasing Psychological Safety in Funder and Nonprofit Relationships

Psychological safety is the ability to speak openly about ideas, questions, and concerns without fear of negative repercussions. Psychological safety is linked to team effectiveness and innovation across all sectors.

As funders and nonprofits work together to achieve mutual goals, they must navigate discussions around questions, concerns, and failure in constructive ways. During this interactive workshop, we will explore factors that prevent open dialogue between funders and nonprofits and identify steps to increase and foster psychological safety within and between both constituents. We will spend time thinking about how ensuring psychological safety can lead to better application and reporting processes, site visits, conversations, among other things.

This workshop is appropriate for funder and nonprofit professionals at all organizational levels. Participants will gain insights into the importance of psychological safety within organizations and teams, as well as across organizations and between funders and grantees.

About Our Speaker

Lianna Chong is an organizational consultant passionate about helping the helpers. She has worked with professional caregivers for a decade to understand the effects of compassion fatigue, what promotes resilience, and how to retain employees in high-burnout sectors. She applies a whole-system approach to developing resilience strategies for individuals, teams, and organizational systems. She provides dynamic training and continuing education workshops for human service professionals.

Lianna has extensive experience designing and implementing organizational assessments. She works collaboratively with leaders to improve workplace culture, burnout, and psychological safety. She holds an MA in Organizational Psychology, a Master of Theological Studies, and is a Certified Fearless Organization Scan (FOS) practitioner. She has also served as Adjunct Faculty at William James College teaching quantitative and qualitative assessment. Her academic research includes group interventions for compassion fatigue and the impact of psychological safety on resilience.