Content and Blogs from Workshops

 

SIFP team members Lindsey Eng, Alan Blickenstaff, and Kevin Owyang have posted a number of blogs with follow-up content and information from the workshops.  They are here:

Sachi Shenoy and Steve Schwartz of Upaya, and Sarah Stachowiak of Organizational Research Services delivered one of our most popular workshops, Measuring and Reporting Social Impact.   They have provided the content from that workshop for anyone to learn from.

Social Impact 

 

  

Workshops Open to All

The four capacity-building workshops are open to all social innovators on a first-come, first-serve basis. They will be interactive workshops with a total of 20 participants, so please reserve your ticket promptly. We have added one additional workshop, information below

The price for each workshop is $30 / attendee. Please send only one attendee per organization. Heavy appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

All workshop participants will be asked to spend 1-2 hours before each workshop on a pre-set set of questions or draft documentation in preparation for diving right into the subject matter with the facilitator in the workshop. 

In each workshop, facilitator will go through the general principles for each topic and show examples & descriptions of the range of organizational stages in each capacity building area. Attendees will receive a clear idea of where their organization could be going depending on the stage they are currently in, and multiple different stages and characteristics of each stage will be exemplified.

Early-stage organizations MUST attend or register for at least one workshop prior to application deadline on June 29th, while leaders of later-stage and established organizations are recommended to attend as they see fit, but are but not required to do so. If you are an early-stage organization who intends to apply to SIFP and a $30 workshop fee is a financial hardship, a number of scholarships are available; please email Social Venture Partner's executive director Paul Shoemaker (Shoe [at] svpseattle [dot] org) for more information.

 

1. Understanding your Market. COMPLETED. 

Who Should Attend? This workshop is designed for early-stage organizations who are in the process of designing their initial program or idea, as well as established organizations proposing a second, third, etc. version of their program or concept.

Description: In this workshop, participants will look at the process for designing an innovative solution to an already existing problem, including learning models for quickly testing market assumptions. Participants will be asked to spend 1-2 hours in advance of the workshop answering a short set of questions in regards to their market opportunity and targeted audience, in order to apply market principles to their organization in the workshop. 

Speaker: Rashmir Balasubramaniam of Nsansa.

Pre-Workshop Questions. 

*Wasn't able to attend? Make sure you sign up for our other workshops below, or let us know if you'd like us to hold this workshop again by registering for the 'Can't Attend this Workshop' ticket on any workshop registration page!

 

2. Financial Modeling and Sustainability. COMPLETED

Who Should Attend? This workshop is designed for early-stage organizations who have already developed their program or idea, but need to refine their business model and strategy (i.e. how you will make money). Established organizations who are developing another stage, program or concept (i.e. nonprofits developing an investment or for-profit arm, or a nonprofit about to launch a large campaign, etc) are also encouraged to attend. 

Description: In this workshop, participants will look at designing a business model that doesn't exhaust existing resources, including using important tools like building out a Profit & Loss Statement (P&L), and the importance of assessing risk both in leadership and execution. Participants will be asked to spend 1-2 hours in advance of the workshop drafting an executive summary (2-page maximum) that outlines a short set of questions, in order to work directly on your financial model during the workshop. 

Speakers: Cheryl Sesnon of Jubilee Women's Center, and Amy Zimerman, Faculty of the Executive Nonprofit Leadership Program at Seattle U. 

Pre-Workshop Questions. 

*Wasn't able to attend? Make sure you sign up for our other workshops below, or let us know if you'd like us to hold this workshop again by registering for the 'Can't Attend this Workshop' ticket on any workshop registration page! 

 

3. Measuring and Reporting Social Impact & Telling your Story. COMPLETED.

Who Should Attend? This workshop is designed for all types of organizations working to create social or environmental impact, including nonprofits who need to report social impact for grants, and for-profits who need to monetize social impact for investors and their target audience. 

Description: In this workshop, attendees will learn new strategies for evaluating social benefit and create actionable frameworks for measuring, analyzing, and managing for maximum positive change. With the goal of providing practical skills and hands-on guidance to participants, the workshop will:

  • Introduce broader impact assessment tools such as evaluation logic models and theories of change.
  • Explore different types of social metrics and how those metrics relate to an organization’s varied stakeholders. 
  • Present case studies that cover diverse situational needs and implementation frameworks.
  • Lead participants through the construction of a workflow for collecting social metrics that is tailored to suit their individual operations, and guide them on how to create a list of social metrics that accurately assesses the organization's social performance.
  • Establish an action plan for engaging partners in developing their measurement plan and maintaining this focus within their organizations. 

Participants will be asked to spend 1-2 hours in advance of the workshop reviewing content that provides the difference between quantitative and qualitative measurement and other tools for turning impact measurement into storytelling, in order to begin directly with impact measurement tools unique to your organization. 

Speakers: Sachi Shenoy and Steve Schwartz of Upaya, and Sarah Stachowiak of Organizational Research Services.

Pre-Workshop Content. 

Register Here!

 

 

4. Promotion and Fundraising on a Limited Budget. June 27th, 4.30-7pm.  

Who Should Attend? This workshop is designed for all types of organizations that engage in online communications, promotion, or fundraising with their target audience and are interested in 1) designing a new online campaign, 2) creating a social media presence, and 3) monetizing an existing campaign or social media presence. 

Description: In this workshop, participants will look at solutions for the biggest problem in online promotion and fundraising - time. This workshop will include determining organizational capacity for making decisions on certain tools and strategies for online communications, streamlining the online communications process by sharing numerous systems for social media, and streamlining the process of gathering metrics through dashboards and Google Analytics. Participants will be asked to spend 1-2 hours in advance of the workshop working through some social media basics. 

Speakers: Tiffany Devoy from Groundwire, and Kevin Owyang from Avolusis.  

Register Here!

 

 

5. Measuring and Reporting Social Impact & Telling your Story II. July 11th, 4:30-7pm at SVP Seattle offices.

Who Should Attend? This workshop is designed for all types of organizations working to create social or environmental impact, including nonprofits who need to report social impact for grants, and for-profits who need to monetize social impact for investors and their target audience. 

Description: In this workshop, attendees will learn new strategies for evaluating social benefit and create actionable frameworks for measuring, analyzing, and managing for maximum positive change. With the goal of providing practical skills and hands-on guidance to participants, the workshop will:

  • Introduce broader impact assessment tools such as evaluation logic models and theories of change.
  • Explore different types of social metrics and how those metrics relate to an organization’s varied stakeholders. 
  • Present case studies that cover diverse situational needs and implementation frameworks.
  • Lead participants through the construction of a workflow for collecting social metrics that is tailored to suit their individual operations, and guide them on how to create a list of social metrics that accurately assesses the organization's social performance.
  • Establish an action plan for engaging partners in developing their measurement plan and maintaining this focus within their organizations. 

Participants will be asked to spend 1-2 hours in advance of the workshop reviewing content that provides the difference between quantitative and qualitative measurement and other tools for turning impact measurement into storytelling, in order to begin directly with impact measurement tools unique to your organization. 

Speakers: Sachi Shenoy and Steve Schwartz of Upaya, and Sarah Stachowiak of Organizational Research Services.

Pre-Workshop Content. 

Register Here!

 

**Any organization who has purchased a ticket for this workshop prior to the June 29th application deadline will have met the requirements for early-stage organizations.**
 


 

 

 

 

For SIFP-Selected Mentors Only

Resources and Techniques for High-Value Mentoring. July 18th, 4-6pmLed by Kentaro Toyama and T.A. McCann.

This optional workshop is a forum for mentors to share ideas and create structure around the shared goal of great mentorship. Mentor alumni will lead the discussion around questions such as:
  • What creates a great mentor? 
  • What are the different stages that early-stage and later-stage social ventures go through? 
  • What are resources to draw on to help your mentee be most successful?  
  • What works best with different personalities of mentees?
  • Who are the best consultants and experts to tap for specific needs?
This workshop is open and optional to all SIFP mentors. Sign up here!