Check out the curriculum we’ve prepared for 2022 – open to all FUEL for 50 awardees.

Beginning in March 2022, we’ll be hosting optional workshops to provide support as awardees advance their projects. Led by specialists in child development, nonprofit management and more, these sessions are open to relevant staff at all 50 awardee organizations.

Session 1 – Introduction to Robin Hood and the Workshop Series

FUEL Team and All Workshop Leaders

Participants will leave the session with a clear understanding of Robin Hood’s broader mission and the vision behind FUEL for 50. Each workshop leader provider will have a couple of minutes to provide an overview of how they can assist, and participants will have the opportunity to ask any clarifying questions. The FUEL for 50 staff will once again clearly communicate the structure of the initiative, the path moving forward and the communications chain-of-command (e.g., if participants have questions related to x, they should reach out to y).

Session 2 – Rethinking Impact for Early Childhood

Tyson Barker, University of Oregon

This session will be broken into three parts. The first will focus on the importance of brain development in early childhood. The second will address the question of why we need community-led programs for early childhood. Finally, participants will learn about the Early Childhood Precision, Innovation and Shared Measurement (EC PRISM) framework and receive an overview of the EC PRISM Master Classes. This module is required prior to attending the other sessions by the University of Oregon.

Session 3 – Design: Developing a Program that Meets your Community’s Needs

Mari Strand Cary, University of Oregon

During this session, participants will learn how to develop an idea into an impactful program and how to conduct a needs assessment and focus group. Participants will also learn how to prototype their program. They will receive tools and templates to assist in the program design process.

Session 4 – Building Your Organization’s Budget

Hilda Polanco and Cathryn McAleavey, FMA

A viable financial management strategy needs to address a vision for the future as well as incorporate an understanding of the past and present financial position of the organization. This workshop will help participants develop a well-designed budget process that facilitates programmatic, strategic, and fiscal discussions among the leadership team, resulting in a mission-driven budget.

Key concepts include:

  • Types of budgets and levels of planning at an organization
  • Implementing a comprehensive and inclusive financial planning process
  • How true cost is an important component of a nonprofit’s overall financial health and sustainability
  • Identifying, allocating, and building indirect costs into program budgets to understand the true cost of program delivery

Session 5 – The Care and Feeding of Your Non-Profit

Anthony Wood, Ittleson Foundation

This session will focus on supporting participants’ organizations. Participants will gain insight into organizational capacity building, fundraising, communications and programming and will explore strategies to maximize their organization’s effectiveness.

Session 6 – Theory of Impact

Tyson Barker, University of Oregon

Participants will develop a clear and concise theory on how their program impacts young children and families as well as the communities and systems that support young children. During the session, participants will create a theory of impact for their program with assistance from EC PRISM staff.

Session 7 – Listening and Storytelling to Transform the Way You Communicate

Jerome Deroy, Narativ

This session looks at the importance of storytelling and communication. Developing stories that support successful development outcomes is a multi-dimensional process, one that extends far past the traditional fundraising story that pulls on our heartstrings. Rather, it involves making strategic decisions from the outset—who is the right storyteller for the right audience and what is the right type of story—and it necessarily embraces concerns about how to protect the storyteller, who owns the story and the importance of ethnographic research to discover the stories that are not being told, but that could make the greatest impact. Participants will learn

  • How to connect personal stories to broader policy or social change goals
  • Various roles of stories for not-for-profit organizations
  • Choosing the right messenger
  • Surfacing untold (and unheard) stories
  • Specific principles and best practices for telling effective stories

Session 8 – Fundraising Part I: Individual Giving

Sunny Longbons and Kate Randi, Robin Hood

This session is part I of II fundraising modules. Part I will explore individual giving. Participants will discuss making a case for an individual giving program, the importance of the board and leadership in fundraising; setting realistic goals; developing strategies and activities to identify, engage and solicit individual donors and prospects; and general best practices and fundraising fundamentals.

Session 9 – Fundraising Part II: Foundation Giving

Kate Davis and Sharaé Moultrie, Robin Hood

Part II of the fundraising module looks at foundation giving. Support from foundations is a valuable resource and can serve to strengthen nonprofits in many ways. Participants will be asked to reflect on their organization’s strengths, donor messaging, and impact to build a strategy that will increase their fundraising success. Join us to learn how to cultivate and sustain relationships with foundations that help you reach your goals and amplify your mission.

Session 10 – Implementation: Making Your Program Work For Your Community

Kate Beauchamp, University of Oregon

This session will explore key factors for making a program work for its community. Participants will learn to implement their programs and measure outcomes. They will receive templates to create their own materials to track progress. These materials include an implementation guide, implementation checklist and fidelity checklist.

Session 11 – Measuring Your Program’s Impact

Tyson Barker, University of Oregon

Participants will learn about best practices in measuring the impact of their program, including research design and doable data collection. By the end of the session, participants will have the tools to create an impact plan.

Session 12 – Understanding and Communicating the Impact of Your Program

Kate Beauchamp, University of Oregon

Participants will learn about different ways to communicate program impact. The session will prepare participants to understand the results of their measurement and evaluation efforts both to continue to refine how they measure their program’s impact and also to communicate the results of these efforts to various different stakeholders.

Session 13 – The Urgency of Allyship and Antiracism in the Nonprofit Sector

Kirstyn Nimmo, GOOD WORX

Allyship and antiracism are popular buzzwords in cultural conversations, but many nonprofit leaders face challenges when aiming to thoughtfully apply them to their organizations and systems. This workshop will offer a five-step approach to allyship, complimented by historical context of racism within the nonprofit sector, especially among organizations aiming to serve oppressed communities. Participants will become aware of common blindspots and will have the opportunity to build community through shared experience as they explore application of allyship and antiracism to their organizations and work.

Session 14 – Media Training

Matt Kohut and Seth Pendleton, KNP Communications

Media Training for Social Impact Leaders will explore media training best practices. Participants will learn to:

  • Tailor key messages and organizational stories for a broad range of stakeholders
  • Field challenging questions while remaining conversational
  • Manage nonverbal cues
  • Prepare for consistently excellent performance in high-stakes events, including tips for practicing and handling nerves

Session 15 – Developing an Effective Board

Claudette Scheffold, Robin Hood

In this session, the Robin Hood Staff will guide discussion on an effective board. The session will explore the importance of having an effective board as well as provide participants with useful tools and strategies on how to build an impactful, effective Board of Directors.

Session 16 – Superheroes, Kinship, and Care

Shaundra Cunningham, Chaplain

This workshop utilizes superheroes to explore our masks, shields, and shadow sides coupled with systemic and structural factors that undermine what bell hooks calls “a revolutionary love ethic.” Participants are encouraged to examine their personal mythologies or “origin stories” while assessing networks of relationality, kinship, and care. Emotional geographies and vernacular landscapes shall be explored as we contend with our everyday realities and experiences of joy, celebration, grief, and loss.