Power Up your Programs with the Social Impact Academy

Power Up your Programs with the Social Impact Academy

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

That’s where the Social Impact Academy comes in! Join us for a two-month online course led by social impact experts and nonprofit professionals from across the globe. The 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, and tell your organization’s impact story! See below for a complete agenda.

Apply online by Monday, August 8 for one of only 45 available spaces – and don’t hesitate to email us at projecthelp@globalgiving.org with questions.

What is the Social Impact Academy?

  • A two-month online course;
  • Comprised of nine webinar sessions;
  • Taking place on Tuesdays at 11:00 am EDT (Washington, DC time) in September and October (find this time in your city); and
  • A small cohort of organizations that will be selected via an online application to participate.

Selected participants are required to:

  • Pay a $50 bond (returned upon full course completion, see the end of the blog for more details);
  • Participate in at least seven of the nine webinar sessions by joining live or watching the recordings;
  • Complete three homework assignments for the course; and
  • Complete the final impact project.

Participants who complete the Academy will receive:

  • A certificate of completion;
  • 12 GG Rewards Engagement points;
  • Your $50 Academy bond reimbursement; and
  • New knowledge, tools, resources, and connections to extend your organization’s social impact!

Academy Schedule

What’s Your Social Impact? The Why, What, and How of Social Impact
Tuesday, September 6 at 11 am EDT
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.

Panel Discussion: How Do You Think about Social Impact?
Tuesday, September 13 am 11 am EDT
Join GlobalGiving’s partners for a conversation focused on how you and other nonprofit organizations think about social impact. In what ways do you involve constituents and stakeholders in the conversation? What tools do you use to measure their impact? How have you and others overcome obstacles in the process? Come prepared to share your questions, challenges, and ideas.

How to Design Programs for Social Change
Tuesday, September 20 at 11 am EDT
Where does social change come from? The Positive Deviance Initiative has found that change comes from individuals or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers. Join us for a discussion about Positive Deviance and other approaches to designing programs for social change, and find an approach that works for your organization!

Plan for Success: Impact Assessment Methods and Tools
Tuesday, September 27 at 11 am EDT
Jennifer Lentfer, Director of Communications, IDEX

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.

Listening and Responding to Community Feedback
Tuesday, October 4 at 11 am EDT
David Bonbright, Chief Executive, Keystone Accountability
Sophie Sahaf, Vice President, Program & Evaluation, LIFT
Sarah Hennessy, Chief of Staff, Feedback Labs

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.

Building Impact Measurement into Programs
Tuesday, October 11 at 11 am EDT
You may have a solid foundation in social impact assessment methods and tools in the office and in theory, but how does this translate and what does it look like in the field? Join GlobalGiving’s partners to hear how real organizations have built impact measurement into their programs.

Learning from Failure
Tuesday, October 18 at 11 am EDT
Marc Maxmeister, Chief Innovation Officer, Keystone Accountability
Kennedy Leavens, Founder & Executive Director, Awamaki

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 how to recognize and respond to failure and work together to build a more robust nonprofit community.

How to Tell Your Impact Story
Tuesday, October 25 at 11 am EDT
Alison Carlman, Director of Marketing + Communications, GlobalGiving Foundation
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.

How to Grow Your Impact
Tuesday, November 1 at 11 am EDT
Andy Bryant, Executive Director, Seagal Family Foundation
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.


$50 Social Impact Academy Bond

We charge a $50 bond to participate in the Academy.

What is a bond? You pay $50 as part of the application process, and will receive the entire $50 back after the Academy if: you participate in at least seven sessions, complete all three homework assignments, and complete the final impact project!

What if I don’t meet the Academy requirements? GlobalGiving will retain the $50 and apply the amount towards our matching fund, which is used to fund GlobalGiving’s Bonus Days and other fundraising promotions.

Why is GlobalGiving charging a bond? We know that you’re considering the Social Impact Academy because you want to invest in this area of your organization’s development, but we would like to give you a little extra incentive to stick with us and achieve that goal.

How do I pay the bond? The bond can be paid on GlobalGiving’s website here using a credit card or PayPal. You must submit payment for the bond by Monday, August 8 in order to participate in the Social Impact Academy.

When do we get the bond back? Once you succeed in completing the final impact project, you will receive the $50 back as part of your next monthly disbursement from GlobalGiving.

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