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Social Impact Academy Hub

May 22 - June 26, 2018

A 6-week online course that brings together social impact experts and professionals from nonprofits around the world.

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6 webinars
Sessions running online from May 22 - June 26, 2018
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50 participants
A small cohort of GlobalGiving Nonprofit Partners
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1 formative course
New knowledge, tools, resources, and connections

Welcome to the Social Impact Academy Hub

Does your organization create the meaningful change that you intended? What do your constituents have to say about your projects? Are you comfortable telling your organization’s social impact story? And how do you get the support and resources you need to grow your impact and reach even more communities?

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Back by popular demand, the Social Impact Academy addresses all of these challenges in a 6-week course. It brings together social impact experts and professionals from nonprofits around the world to offer GlobalGiving partners interactive and practical training and support.

Meet the Instructor

It’s great to have such a diverse range of project partners participating in the Social Impact Academy this year. I’m really looking forward to seeing organizations work together, share best practices, and take advantage of everything we cover in the Academy to help improve their impact!
Catrin Cooper
Training and Engagement Coordinator

Explore Our Curriculum

The Social Impact Academy will help you explore different theories of impact measurement and learn about practical tools and resources to design programs for social change, measure impact, engage your community, tell your organization’s impact story, and more! See below for a complete agenda.

1
Introduction to the Social Impact Academy + What’s Your Social Impact
Join us for an introduction to the Social Impact Academy. Increase your understanding of how to define social impact and your skills in applying social impact frameworks to your organization.
Summary
What does social impact mean? Why is it crucial to understand your organization’s social impact? How can you use impact measurement tools to amplify your effectiveness while optimizing efficiency? And what does it take for an organization to remain focused on social impact? Join us for an introductory session to tackle these questions and more.
Learning Objectives
  • To increase understanding of course structure, content, aims, and objectives
  • To be able to define social impact and concepts relating to social impact
  • To increase knowledge and skills in applying social impact frameworks to an organization
Key Tasks

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 3pm BST
2
How to develop a culture of learning
Increase your understanding of why a learning culture is beneficial for your organization’s social impact and develop skills and confidence to communicate failure.
Summary
We all fail—it’s how we acknowledge and learn from failure that sets us apart. Nonprofits can’t afford to make the same mistakes again and again; our missions are too important. In this important discussion, we’ll unpack the importance of having a culture of learning in your nonprofit and how we can develop a culture of continual development for a robust nonprofit community.
Learning Objectives
  • Increase understanding of the importance of adopting a culture of learning and how to develop a learning culture
  • Complete a Fail Forward project report with community feedback involvement
  • Increase knowledge and confidence in communicating learning or learning from failure to donors
Key Tasks

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 3pm BST
3
Impact Measurement Methods and Tools
Expand your knowledge and skills in applying different impact measurement tools and methodologies to your programs and explore ways to collect and analyse relevant data.
Summary
With hundreds of tools, approaches, and platforms for measuring impact out there, the process can seem overwhelming and time-consuming; let’s simplify things! This session will provide a basic overview of impact measurement designed to help you identify the assessment methods and tools that are right for your organization.
Learning Objectives
  • Increase knowledge and skills in applying different impact measurement tools, such as logic models, a Theory of Change, and Logframes, to your monitoring and evaluation practices
  • Increase understanding of evaluating your impact through choosing the right evidence indicators, collecting, and analyzing data
Key Tasks

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 3pm BST
4
Involving community feedback in your M&E
Grasp the importance of involving community feedback in your monitoring and evaluation practices.
Summary
How do we know that our programs are meeting the needs of the communities we seek to serve? While working with communities to design and implement programs is often the desired goal, listening and responding to feedback tends to fall to the wayside. Feedback is often perceived as time-consuming to collect, difficult to use, and threatening to receive. Join us to discuss how nonprofits can build systems of trust and accountability with constituents in mind, despite limited time and resources.
Learning Objectives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of involving community feedback and of applying relevant frameworks to your programs
Key Tasks

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 3pm BST
5
Telling your social impact story
Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in communicating your social impact to different stakeholder and understand the key concepts behind good nonprofit storytelling
Summary
Have you mastered the art of storytelling about your organization’s social impact to gain greater support? Learn how to communicate your organization’s impact story in a way that will spark social change.
Learning Objectives
  • Increase skills, knowledge, and confidence in how to communicate your social impact to different stakeholders
  • Demonstrate understanding of the key concepts behind good nonprofit storytelling
Key Tasks

Tuesday, June 19 2018 at 3pm BST
6
Growing your impact + Wrap Up!
Understand when and how is the right time to scale your programs. Wrap up session and planning for the future!
Summary
In the last session of the Social Impact Academy, we will talk about when it makes sense to grow your organization’s social impact and what tools you need to do it. Join us to hear best practices in securing funding for growth from impact-focused funders.
Learning Objectives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of when and how to scale your programs
  • Start planning and complete the final project
Key Tasks

Tuesday, June 26 2018 at 3pm BST

Important Dates and Deadlines

June 5th, 2018
June 12th, 2018
June 19th, 2018
July 10th, 2018

Tell us about your experience with the 2018 Social Impact Academy in the feedback form.

Patricia Gonzalez, Fundación Niños de los Andes
Listen, Act, Learn and Repeat is a magical formula.
I think we learned many tools to improve the planning, execution, and impact of our work as a way to inform our stakeholders and to have continuous improvement and sustainability of our programs. If we are wise, we can get priceless results. Additionally, learning the importance of community feedback to really increase our impact was very important.
Patricia Gonzalez, Fundación Niños de los Andes
2015 Social Impact Academy Graduate

Community Channel

You will be able to connect with fellow Social Impact Academy participants via Slack to discuss course content and homework assignments. Slack is a free tool that allows you to message co-workers, build communication hubs for projects, share files, and store messages. Slack could also be useful for your organization beyond the Social Impact Academy. See our Tools and Training blog post for more information.


Why would Slack be beneficial for my team?
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Slack allows you to organize your organization’s goals around conversations, which means it can be easier than using email and spreadsheets to manage your daily workflow. It might save you time and help you to keep things organized.

How do I download Slack for my team?
  • Watch video on how to download and install Slack
  • Read written instructions on how to install the Community Shared Channels app for Slack
  • Watch video on how to install the Community Shared Channels app for Slack
Please contact us if you require one-to-one support on getting Slack set up for your organization.

What if I do not set up Slack for my organization? Can I still join the conversation?
Yes! Feel free to reach out to us and we would be happy to assist you with other alternative means of communication.

Who on my team needs to be in Slack?
Even if you are the only one doing the Social Impact Academy, we recommend you invite your whole team, even volunteers, to start using Slack for your internal discussions. This makes it possible to better organize your conversations around your team priorities and help everyone feel included in the discussions!
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