Fuelling Next Stage Leadership

Bangkok Financial Resilience Intensive

September 10-11-12, 2018

Organizations around the world working to advance rights and justice and face a volatile and rapidly changing political and funding landscape. The work is complex and the need to sufficiently resource it is ever present. 

What if you and your leadership team could:

  • Bring the same resilience to building financial strength as you bring to programming?
  • Use a creative, entrepreneurial approach to grow your base of supporters?
  • Gain new perspectives on money to inform your strategies?
  • Employ user-friendly financial health indicators in decision-making?

Spring Strategies’ Intensive gives you these fundamentals of financial resilience and supports your team in customizing plans for greater financial strength, influence and impact.

Why does financial resilience matter?

In 2017, Ellen spoke with Gigi Hepp about why financial resilience matters.  They recorded their chat in Sāo Paulo at the Amani Institute where Ellen had just taught a course in their award-winning Social Innovation Management program.

Find out how a bicycle is like a social justice organization and hear Ellen's perspective on our relationship with money - a topic she has explored extensively in her work supporting civil society organizations on their journey to financial resilience.


Since 2012, the Financial Resilience program has supported leadership teams from over 125 rights and justice organizations in over 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.

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. In addition to the 3-day workshop, the Intensive includes accompaniment post workshop in the form of coaching sessions and peer support and learning.


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.

*More facilitators for this Financial Resilience Intensive will be added soon. 

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.



Wangechi Gikonyo-Mukoko

Wangechi_Gikonyo-MukokoWangechi Gikonyo-Mukoko is a financial management practitioner with +14 years of experience in the development sector. She has worked on grants funded by various donors of both restricted and unrestricted nature. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya and currently works at Agency for Cooperation and Research for Development (ACORD). She previously worked with CfBT Educational Trust. As an associate of the Spring Forward program, she likes that the program encourages participants to think out of the box…even in finance and accounting! This always gives birth to innovative ideas that lead to transformative approaches and results. Besides her love for coffee, you will find Wangechi reading fiction books and more recently, listening to podcasts on markets and history.

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, September 10, Tuesday, September 11, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Duration: 9:00AM – 5:30PM each day
Workshop materials: Tools, videos and articles
Location: Bangkok, Thailand. The venue will be announced soon. 
Tuition: Early bird registration is $2,250 USD per person. That price is available until July 30th. Regular price is $2,500 USD.
Tuition includes post-Intensive coaching, workshop materials and morning and afternoon refreshments.
Participants are responsible for meals, accommodation and travel-related expenses.


Will you come?

$2,500.00 Regular Price Registration
$2,250.00 Early Bird Registration
Early Bird discount is available until July 30th, 2018

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