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Spring Strategies exists to help human rights and social justice leaders drive and accelerate change. We believe that humanity is positioned to solve the critical social and environmental problems of our time, and that advocates need support in order to catalyze this shift.

We deliver breakthrough programs and services that expand human capacities and enable meaningful results. We specialize in conference and meeting facilitation and training; financial sustainability; trouble shooting and solutions for organizations; strategic visioning and Integral Coaching®.

Our approach is both down-to-earth and transformative based on leading edge thinking, tools and innovations. Spring Strategies combines challenging conversations, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking with a drive for practicality and excellence.

Who We Are


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Ellen Sprenger

Ellen Sprenger is a strategist and advocate for human rights and social justice and since 2004 the founder and CEO of Spring Strategies. She is a believer – especially in human potential and our collective ability to solve the problems of our time. During the first decade of Spring Strategies she went through five espresso machines and traveled the planet sixty-five times. Previously she was the executive director of Mama Cash, a feminist foundation based in Amsterdam, and held several leadership positions at Oxfam-Novib. Ellen holds a Masters in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University and is an Integral Master Coach™. She has published about the future of women’s rights, organizational transformation and funding trends globally, is currently the chair of Women Win Foundation and does her most creative work listening to Marion Verbruggen playing the recorder. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada and lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States. Her home base is Toronto and KLM seat 12C. | Read her complete curriculum vitae >

Based on client needs we pull together a team of associates. And as Spring Strategies enters its second decade, and the demand for our work continues to grow, so does our pool of global and diverse associates. Current and recent associates include:

Julie Payne
Spring Strategies
Project Coordinator
Julie Payne
Spring Strategies
Project Coordinator
Elizabeth Seja Min
Consultant, Coach, Strategist, Facilitator & Musician
San Francisco
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Arya Iranpour
Web Developer
Karen Knopf
Chief Finance Officer
Toronto, Canada
Dale Needles
Non Profit Management & Strategic Finance
San Francisco
Chris Grumm
Social Change Management and Resource Mobilization
Chris Grumm Consulting Group
Portland, Oregon
Gopal Rao
Organizational Effectiveness and Financial Architecture
Oxford, United Kingdom
Wangechi Gikonyo-Mukoko
Not For Profit Financial Management
Archana Pandya
Manager and Researcher
Toronto, Canada
Bishakha Datta
Writer, Filmmaker, Media Producer
Victor Szeto
Graphic Designer, Creative Thinker, Visual Communicator
Magda Hoekman
Organizational coach, team and executive coach
Hope Chigudu
Gender Equality Activist
Lindsay Fisher
Art & Design
Marieke Slinkert
Film & Television
Jessica Horn
Researcher, Writer, Artist, Trainer
Molly Kane
Researcher, Social Justice Organizer
Accra & Montreal
Nicole Regalado
Online Advocacy Manager
San Francisco
Jan Nekkers
Future Scenarios
Martin Redfern
Researcher & Writer
Shea Morrissey
Communications & New Media
San Francisco
Kampire Bahana
Researcher, Writer & Artist
Sipke Jan Bousema
Film & Television
Amsterdam & Hilversum

What We Do

Conference & Meeting Facilitation

Movements Rethink

facilitated by Ellen Sprenger and Jessica Horn Watch now >

Successful convenings tap into the collective intelligence of a group, reshape how a problem is perceived, influence perspectives on how to affect change and help find new ways of joining forces. They lead to new levels of strategic alignment and collective action across individuals, organizations, movements and sectors. We offer customized design and facilitation support for conferences, workshops, symposia and other events. We also train and coach facilitators, those who know there is an art and science to facilitation, and want to get better at both. This program offers:

  • Fundamentals of facilitation
  • Accompaniment, including group training and one on one coaching
  • Peer learning and collaboration
  • Measurement and analysis of results

Movements Rethink

facilitated by Ellen Sprenger and Jessica Horn Watch now >
Spring Forward

Spring Forward Summary Brief

This eight-page brochure gives the highlights and key insights from the Evaluation Report . Continue >

What if we could get to a just future faster?

Spring Forward is a groundbreaking program that builds the financial resilience of frontline leaders and creates transformative partnerships with investors that support civil society organizations in achieving their mission.

Originally known as the Financial Sustainability Program (FSP), Spring Forward was launched in 2012 in Kenya.  By 2015, more than 60 civil society organizations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, India and South Africa had taken the program.  In 2016, Spring Forward is also working in Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Thailand.

To learn more about Spring Forward, its diverse programs, the global team of associates and to join the conversation, visit our new website at You can also follow us on Twitter at @springstrat or check out our Facebook page here.

Spring Forward Summary Brief

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Strategic Visioning & Planning

Put your organization into the future and see what happens. Effective strategy development not only defines a vision for the future and road map for getting there, it most of all cultivates a mindset and ability to explore, innovate and attune to emerging trends. Effective strategy development creates growing alignment among key stakeholders and develops the agility, creativity and openness needed to realize the desired future faster. Our support may include:

  • One-on-one meetings with executive leadership
  • Design and facilitation of a multi-stakeholder engagement process
  • Analysis of relevant trends and development of future scenarios
  • Co-creation of a unique, relevant and compelling strategic framework for your organization

Troubleshooting & Solutions for Organizations

Inspiring Soulful Organizations

Article by Jessica Horn with Ellen Sprenger, Hope Chigudu and Lisa Venekasen, 2013 Read now >

Experiencing challenges inside your organization but cannot quite figure out what is wrong? Do things seem harder than they should be, slowing down the organization’s ability to realize ambitious goals? We offer short and dynamic support to help leaders and organizations uncover underlying causes and identify concrete steps for tackling them. Our implementation support is highly customized in order to address unique needs and challenges. We offer:

  • A dynamic process of organizational self-assessment and exploration
  • A report with recommendations
  • Accompaniment and implementation support, with a focus on outcomes, success indicators and sustaining of progress
  • Measuring and analysis of results

Inspiring Soulful Organizations

Article by Jessica Horn with Ellen Sprenger, Hope Chigudu and Lisa Venekasen, 2013 Read now >
Integral Coaching® & Leadership Development

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Integral Coaching® is for people committed to trying ‘different’ and wanting to lead at the top of their game. A coach program starts with the specific challenges a client faces today, develops concrete and mutually agreed-upon objectives and ends with the client reaching those objectives, and possibly exceeding them. Ellen Sprenger, Integral Master Coach™, offers individual coaching programs as well as coaching and leadership development for teams. Ellen occassionally serves on the certification committee of Integral Coaching Canada Inc.

For more information on Integral Coaching® Continue >


  • - Ben Phillips, Campaigns, Policy and Influencing Director, Oxfam
  • - Mallika Dutt, President and CEO Breakthrough
  • - Josine Stremmelaar, Director Knowledge Program, Hivos
  • - Marissa Wesely, retired partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Fellow in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative
  • - Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO Global Fund for Women
  • - Donna Hall, President & CEO Women Donors Network
  • - Leila Hessini, Chair Global Fund for Women
  • - Lebo Ramafoko, CEO Soul City
  • - Jabulani Pereira, Founder & ED Iranti-org
  • - Nicky McIntyre, Executive Director Mama Cash
  • - Dr Wendy Chavkin, Co-founder Global Doctors for Choice, Professor of Public Health and ObGyn, Mailman School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
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    Get in touch

    Ellen Sprenger


    19 River Street #401
    Toronto, ON
    M5A 3P1 Canada

    (+1) 647 967 4504