Financial Resilience Intensive

San José, Costa Rica | May 13, 2019 - May 15, 2019


May 13-14-15, 2019

In Collaboration with Hivos

Facilitated by Ellen Sprenger, Nancy Natilson and Hansel Ortiz


Organizations around the world working to advance social and climate justice 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 an 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 greater financial resilience and strength.


Ellen Sprenger Talks about Financial Resilience Program

What Makes This Intensive Unique?

Since 2012, the Financial Resilience program has supported leadership teams from over 150 social and climate justice organizations in over 35 countries. It is infused with experiences from organizations dealing with shrinking civic space as well as those working under more favourable circumstances, offering a rare opportunity to gain both global and local insights that can be applied in different contexts and organizations.

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 on 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 Intensive, the program includes a 4-month long accompaniment process in the form of coaching sessions and peer support and learning.

What you will take away?

  • A new toolbox that 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 shaping engagement with funders leading to both transactional and transformational relationships.
  • A fresh capacity to respond to changes in the funding landscape.
  • Access to an international community of Financial Resilience graduates working for social and climate justice on every continent.

Please consider attending as a team to optimize the Impact! 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.

Details in Brief

This Intensive is in collaboration with Hivos, Latin America

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: May 13-14-15, 2019
Duration: 9:00AM – 5:30PM each day
Workshop materials: Tools, videos and articles
Location: Hotel Bougainvillea, Contiguo a la Escuela, Santo Tomás, Heredia, Santo Domingo, 40302, 
Tuition: $2,500 USD.
If your organization wants to attend as a team, the 3rd person can join for free.
Registration: All registrations include post-Intensive coaching, workshop materials, lunch, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.
Participants are responsible for accommodation, travel-related expenses and all meals except for lunch.