What Makes This Intensive Unique?


Since 2012, the Financial Resilience program has supported leadership teams from over 125 rights and justice organizations in 20 countries. It is infused with experiences from organizations dealing with eroding rights and justice around the world, offering a rare opportunity to gain both global and local insights that can be applied in every organization.  

The June Intensive in San Francisco is only the second time Financial Resilience has been offered in the United States, and the first time on the West Coast.

In advance of the Intensive, you will have the opportunity to share information about your organization’s financial resilience successes and challenges, information that contributes to designing the sessions. On site, you will work in five key areas: Funding Landscape, Resource Development, Strategic Finance, Quality of Engagement and Leadership Practice. You will develop a customized plan with key actions for the next period. Post-intensive, you can enjoy growing your networks with other Financial Resilience graduates. You will also have the option to continue working with Spring Strategies by purchasing a package of customized coaching sessions offered only to graduates.

What will you take away


What you will take away:

  • A new toolbox for building financial resilience, which you can apply to your work immediately.
  • A customized action plan informed by clinics and consultation on site.
  • A budgeting strategy that projects and captures income, costs and recovery of costs.
  • A user-friendly dashboard of key financial health indicators that can be easily absorbed by your staff and board.
  • A creative, entrepreneurial approach to growing and strengthening your base of supporters through all your communications channels.
  • Invaluable knowledge for building relationships and shaping engagement with funders through authentic conversations.
  • A fresh capacity to respond to changes in the funding landscape.
  • Access to an international community of Financial Resilience graduates working for rights and justice on every continent.

Please consider attending as a team to optimize the takeaways! The Intensive provides valuable time for an organization’s executive director, finance leader and resource development/communications leader to integrate financial resilience on site at the Intensive – and return home ready to put the practices and tools into immediate action.

Meet the Facilitation Team


The Financial Resilience Intensive is facilitated by a team who themselves have led organizations, and bring a wealth of experience to the table. Greatly shaped by working in the trenches for rights and justice, they have developed the Intensive at the intersections of strategic and social finance, resource development, communications, and organizational transformation grounded in neuroscience and integral theory.

Ellen Sprenger

Ellen Sprenger - Spring StrategiesEllen 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, is an Integral Master Coach™ and Certified Integral Facilitator®. She has published about the future of women’s rights, organizational transformation and funding trends globally and does her most creative work listening to Marion Verbruggen playing Baroque music on 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.


Elizabeth Seja Min

Elizabeth Seja Min - Spring StrategiesElizabeth Seja Min has helped hundreds communicate with heart, raise serious capital, collaborate, lead and develop people and the systems that bring out their best. She’s been at the helm of four organizations, built signature projects from the ground up, and guided leaders and teams in NGOs, foundations, social enterprises and companies. Elizabeth cut her teeth working with teams as a music director and conductor—founding and conducting a professional symphony orchestra, running a record label (two Grammy nominations!), and bringing unlikely partners together to create magnificent work on the stage. She met Ellen Sprenger while consulting in the world of women’s funds, and thus began a multiyear conversation about how whole people working in whole systems can, without a doubt, spring missions forward. Elizabeth is an associate with Spring Strategies.



Dale Needles

Dale Needles - Spring StrategiesDale Needles is a nonprofit financial professional with extensive experience as a senior executive, consultant and trainer. He has held senior executive positions in nonprofits ranging from international human rights to performing arts and educational organizations. From 2002 to 2012, Dale was the Chief Financial Officer for the Global Fund for Women. Dale was also an instructor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco from 2010 to 2014 in their Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program. In 2012, Dale was part of the Spring Strategies team that launched the Financial Resilience Program. As a specialist in Strategic Finance, Dale has co-facilitated training workshops in India, Kenya, and Uganda. He has also provided on-line trainings and consultations on Strategic Finance for NGOs from Africa, Europe, India and Latin America.



Rohan Shamapant

Rohan Shamapant Spring StrategiesRohan is interested in unlocking the capability of organizations working to innovatively address major development issues at domestically and abroad. At CoreAlign, he is responsible for improving organizational capacity to achieve its mission, aligning operational, fund development, and programmatic goals, and developing and promoting a high-performing, impact-driven, positive, and collaborative organizational culture. Rohan previously worked at Arabella Advisors supporting a diverse portfolio of social change projects to scale their impact, and at the Naandi Foundation in India implementing programs to enhance maternal and early childhood healthcare and education. In his free time, Rohan serves as the Chairman of the Board for Breathe California Golden Gate and explores Sufi poetry and music. He is also a podcast addict.

Details in Brief


Number of participants: 20-30 people
Group composition: Executive Directors and senior staff who lead in the areas of finance, resource mobilization and strategic communications, as well as Foundation Staff providing financial support to these leaders.  
Workshop dates: Monday, June 18, Tuesday, June 19, Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Duration: 9:00AM – 5:30PM each day
Workshop materials: Tools, videos and articles
Location: San Francisco. The venue will be announced soon. 
Tuition: Early bird registration is $1,750 USD per person. That price is available until May 4th. Regular price is $1,950 USD.
Tuition includes workshop materials and morning and afternoon refreshments. However, follow-up coaching is not included for this Intensive.
Participants are responsible for meals, accommodation and travel-related expenses.

*Coaching: A post-Intensive option to receive additional coaching is available for participants interested in receiving follow-up support from our experts. 


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