Whether it is the immediacy of a global pandemic or the devastating impacts of climate change, our way forward increasingly is to meet remotely. In April 2021 we are offering a one-day Virtual Introduction to FIRE program, a dynamic and interactive learning experience to understand explore essential capacities for building greater, mission-aligned financial strength.

Organization and networks 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 adequately resource is ever present. 

In Spring's Intro to FIRE program your will gain a comprehensive view of what building financial strength involves and begin thinking about highest-leverage opportunities you might pursue in the context of your organization or network’s work in order to build resilience, influence and impact. 

Meet the team
Archana Deshpande
Program Development Lead, Spring

Archana is a creative rights advocate, strategist, communicator, polyglot and singer with over a decade of experience supporting a wide range of human rights and social justice initiatives. Archana has overseen the creation and expansion of OpenGlobalRights — a multilingual, global forum that explores human rights policies and strategies as well as managed and conducted research on human rights organizations and public perceptions of human rights in India, Mexico and Morocco. She has co-authored various publications on the resource mobilization challenges and opportunities for human rights groups in the Global South and is passionate about finding innovative ways to sustain and expand social and climate justice initiatives. Archana is responsible for program content and development, as well as training components. Archana holds a masters degree in International Affairs and is an accredited Integral Professional Coach™.

Home base

Toronto

Languages

English, Spanish, French, and Gujarati

Ellen Sprenger
CEO & Founder, Spring

Ellen Sprenger is a strategist and advocate for social and climate justice. Since 2004, she has been the founder and CEO of Spring. She is a believer — especially in human potential and our collective ability to solve the problems of our time. She is a curious and creative optimist, an espresso enthusiast and avid meditator. Her areas of expertise include multi-actor conference facilitation, future-scenario development, financial innovation and resilience for justice organizations globally, and executive coaching. Previously she held several management positions at Oxfam-Novib and was the Executive Director of Mama Cash, a feminist foundation based in Amsterdam. Ellen holds a masters degree in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University, and she is an Integral Master Coach™ and Certified Integral Facilitator™. She is a member of the Board of 350.org, a movement working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada, and has lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States.

Home base

Toronto

Languages

English and Dutch

Proudest achievements

To always be ‘in development’, growing and waking up, and to resist the temptation of staying in my comfort zone. (Okay, I try.) And that I have been able to surround myself with people committed to doing the same.

Intro to FIRE - April 2021 Event Registration

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