Freedom entrepreneurs often begin with a lot of inspiration and passion to bring these ideas and policies to their own countries and environments. While this helped kick start their efforts and enabled them to make initial progress, this energy needs to be complimented with discipline and consistent planning and execution if the idea entrepreneur wants to create a healthy, robust organization that can have long-term, meaningful impact. They envision various ways in which they can more effectively and efficiently achieve their organisation’s mission. The program planning and action needs to shift to an “organizational lens.” The question of how far an organization can sustain itself becomes paramount.

One of the most important aspects of a think tank that benefits from this shift to more consistent planning and execution is fundraising. As fundraising moves from being a sporadic activity of luck and opportunity to a focused daily effort (e.g., making a note of events where one can meet possible supporters, adding their contacts with a personal note into an excel sheet, remembering to send a follow up email or making a call within a week of the first meeting, sending draft proposals to two friends or board members for feedback, practicing that pitch in front of colleagues or friends or even the mirror, etc.), idea entrepreneurs position themselves to be more successful in accomplishing their missions. Reliability and trust with donors and target groups develops with consistent delivery of commitments in time and in high quality. At the end of the day, successful fundraising is as much an outcome of consistent daily practice, execution and adaptation as it is of big strategy and beautiful templates.

In this 2.5 day intermediate-level training, participants will take a hard look at how their fundraising is currently organized and then create/ strengthen their organisation’s fundraising project plan. By regarding fundraising and various stages of the fundraising cycle as “projects”, organisations can bring far greater focus, discipline and ultimately results.

Workshop Details: 

Date: August 19-21, 2019

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

ALA Credits: 

Cost: Participants are asked to cover the cost of travel to and from the event. Atlas Network will provide shared hotel accommodations, meals and training materials. (Limited travel grants may be available and will be offered after acceptance into the program.)

Application Deadline: July 12, 2019

Who Should Attend: 
  • Project managers and directors at established think tanks
  • Mid level staff at established think tanks looking to grow management capability 
What You Will Learn:
  • Develop context, situational analysis and stakeholder analysis for a project
  • Develop the project WHY – its core purpose, vision and values
  • Develop project goals, outputs and outcomes
  • Develop detailed work plan for a project that include quality parameters, timeline and calendar
  • Resource planning Agile implementation - clear roles and accountability, timely and relevant communication and coordination, use of technology
  • Monitoring and evaluation - tracking, course correction and knowledge management
What You Will Leave With:
  • A fundraising project plan Strategies for keeping the plan alive on a day to day basis
  • Strategies to work with challenges, uncertainties for timely and effective course correction
  • Strategies to capture valuable lessons and use them to define and improve project management practices within your organisation
  • Skills, knowledge and inspiration to become a better and more joyful project manager