Financial Innovation and Resilience (FIRE) Intensive

New York, United States

October 05, 2020 - October 07, 2020

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 adequately resource 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's FIRE Intensive gives you these fundamentals of financial resilience and supports your team in customizing plans for greater financial strength, influence and impact. 

Meet the team
Nancy Natilson
Strategic Finance Consultant

International banker transformed into compassionate activist for social and economic justice.  Current member/treasurer of two NGO boards of directors.  Mindfulness and meditation workshop facilitator.  Smitten by her two granddaughters.  Sailor, collector of indigenous crafts, and vegetarian cook.

Nancy Natilson has over 25 years of international finance experience, specializing in microenterprise development and its intersection with reproductive health. She has developed curricula on financial analysis, performance monitoring, strategic planning and budgeting.  Some of her more recent projects include financial management and sustainability assessment of rural pharmacies in Tanzania; development of business plans for district hospitals and community health worker cooperatives in Rwanda; and business management training for rural private clinic owners who belong to a social franchise network in several African countries. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Nancy was Financial Advisor to ProMujer, a microfinance organization in five South and Central American countries that integrates access to credit with empowerment and business skills training, savings and reproductive health education and services. Nancy was a fellow of the Gates Summer Institute at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received a Masters in Business Administration in International Finance from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and is Treasurer of Global Doctors for Choices.  She is a past Board Member and Treasurer of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the Florida Community of Mindfulness. She has a daily meditation practice and facilitates workshops on mindfulness, compassion and leadership.  Nancy splits her time between Florida and Nova Scotia where she enjoys rowing, kayaking and sailing. 

Home base



English and Spanish

Proudest achievements

Continuing to practice listening deeply; sharing from my heart; and being grateful to everyone and for every moment.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I find meaning by collaborating with and being of benefit to those seeking to make this a more just world. I enjoy thinking creatively and strategically about finance. Additionally, with the Spring team is always joyful and invigorating. 7) Your leadership philosophy

Your leadership philosophy

“Your action, what you do, depends on who you are. The quality of your action depends on the quality of your being.” Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power

Archana Pandya
Program Development Lead, Spring

Archana Pandya is a creative rights advocate, researcher, communicator, strategist, 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 Associate Coach™.

Home base



English, Spanish, French, Gujarati and Hindi

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 Strategies. 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, accompaniment of justice organizations and movements in building greater financial strength, and executive coaching. Ellen holds a masters degree in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University, and she is an Integral Master Coach™ and Certified Integral Facilitator™. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada, and has lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States.

Home base



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.

Will you come?

$2,250.00 Early Bird Event Registration