INTENSIVES

5 days of learning

lifetime of impact

The Intensive is a short sprint with exponential results. It is a 5-day in-person learning experience in a small cohort of 7-10 peers. Seed offers 2 types of intensives in 2020.

THE FUNDRAISING INTENSIVE

Designed to deepen the sustainability of your organization.  Fellows leave with a strategic fundraising roadmap, a plan for infrastructure, and the mindsets and skillsets to execute at the highest level. Think of it like an accelerated Beacon Partnership Program.

UPCOMING COHORTS

Cohort 1: MAY 18-22

Cohort 2: AUGUST 24-28

Location: Beaver, PA

$4,500 TUITION, ROOM & BOARD

THE LEADERSHIP INTENSIVE

Designed to equip leaders with the mindsets and skill-sets necessary to perform their role at the sector’s highest level. Fellows leave with a plan for optimizing their organization in three categories: identity, direction, and resources.

UPCOMING COHORTS

Cohort 1: SEPTEMBER 14-18

Location: Beaver, PA

$4,500 TUITION, ROOM & BOARD

THE TEAM

As a fellow, you will have access to Seed's full team of trainers and coaches for the duration of our week together. Each is specialized in one or more of Seed's four learning domains.

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Vocational Conviction

Strategic Focus

DAN REED

With a desire to actively unite people with stories beyond themselves, Dan has served as a professional fundraiser for over 15 years. For causes ranging from public education to the advancement of free enterprise to animal health, he’s helped organizations raise over $50 million dollars in private philanthropy.

 

Dan serves as Seed's CEO.

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Strategic Focus

Daily Execution

HILLARY FRANCES

Hillary joined Seed in 2017 after building eight years of experience designing programmatic solutions for organizations serving marginalized populations. She has worked for nonprofits, state government, and higher education. She is also the co-founder of Prodigy Ventures, a non-profit social enterprise apprenticeship for young adults in Northeast Denver. 

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System and Process

BLAKE STOCKARD

Blake founded Kumwe Systems to partner with social-sector organizations to bring clarity to their organizational systems in order to drive deeper impact through systems design, implementation, and support. Blake lives in Nashville with his wife and three children.

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Daily Execution

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Aaron Sands lives with his family in Nashville, TN. He helped launch the nonprofit Blood:Water, and has spent the past 15 years in various roles and capacities across operations and fundraising.

 

THE FUNDRAISING INTENSIVE

Guided by a committed team of teachers and mentors, Fellows join a small community of peers with similar questions. Each day of the week-long sprint is designed with targeted learning outcomes driving toward a singular purpose: to establish a scalable fundraising operation.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Fundraisers and Executive Directors fulfilling the role of an Activator at small or medium-sized nonprofits.

THE AGENDA

day 1: starts Monday 12:00pm

How do I align my job to my vocation?

What are the fundraising strategies available to me?

day 2

What are the skillsets and mindsets needed to operate each strategy?

day 3

What infrastructure and processes are necessary to implement my new strategies?

day 4

How can I establish the daily practices that ensure we succeed?

day 5: ends friday 12:00pm

How do I effectively manage myself and a team toward this new plan?

THE OUTCOMES

At the end of the intensive, you will leave with:

INCLUDED RESOURCES

In addition to the week-long intensive, all fellow receive:

GROUP COACHING

MENTORSHIP

PEER NETWORK

Access to Seed’s Huddles for three months following your intensive. 

A match with an experienced professional who is available to have ongoing conversations about your work. Mentors are trained by Seed to provide guidance and support as you apply your learning to ongoing daily challenges.

The Seed Community is made up of skilled professionals who are honing their craft in the context of a supportive peer network. Your cohort of fellows will be supported by peer learning experiences. Examples include:

  • Monthly virtual lunch and learns

  • Biweekly peer network phone calls

  • Informal mentorship

  • Site visits

STRATEGIC ROADMAP

A 5- page roadmap that identifies a 3- year strategy

INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN

The 12 month plan for establishing the systems and processes necessary to execute your strategy

CASE FOR SUPPORT

An overview of the distilled messaging that invites donors to generosity

PERFORMANCE training

Skillsets and mindsets across all fundraising strategies and their daily execution

implementation

Pre-planned  weekly management rhythms and team meeting agendas

 

THE LEADERSHIP INTENSIVE

While many leadership seminars are skill-building in nature and can often leave leaders feeling overwhelmed as to where to begin, this intensive is designed for clarity. We understand the way in which our work often leaves us in need of a north star. External pressures invite questions of our organization’s identity. New partnerships invite changes to our program design. Staff turnover and shifting funding sources cause us to adjust where we invest our time and energy. A north star quiets these questions that visit us day and night. 

 

Guided by a committed team of teachers and mentors, Fellows join a small community of peers with similar questions. Each day of the 5-day sprint is designed with targeted learning outcomes driving toward a singular purpose.

 

Fellows leave with a plan for optimizing their organization in three categories:

  • The Organization’s Identity

  • The Organization’s Direction

  • The Organization’s Resources

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Executive Directors and leaders fulfilling the role of Institution Builder at their organization.

THE AGENDA

day 1: starts Monday 12:00pm

Organizational Identity: Who are we? What unique value do we offer to the field?

day 2

Organizational Direction: Where are we going? What are the boundaries to what we do/don’t do?

day 3

Organizational Resources: What practices build traction toward outcomes and how do I lead them? How can we optimize the talent on our team to ensure impact?

day 4

Coaching Day

day 5: ends friday 12:00pm

Coaching Day

THE OUTCOMES

At the end of the intensive, you will leave with:

INCLUDED RESOURCES

In addition to the week-long intensive, all fellow receive:

GROUP COACHING

MENTORSHIP

PEER NETWORK

Access to Seed’s Huddles for three months following your intensive. 

A match with an experienced professional who is available to have ongoing conversations about your work. Mentors are trained by Seed to provide guidance and support as you apply your learning to ongoing daily challenges.

The Seed Community is made up of skilled professionals who are honing their craft in the context of a supportive peer network. Your cohort of fellows will be supported by peer learning experiences. Examples include:

  • Monthly virtual lunch and learns

  • Biweekly peer network phone calls

  • Informal mentorship

  • Site visits

 

BECOME AN INTENSIVE FELLOW

Interested, but not sure? Send us a note and we'd be happy to schedule a time for you to talk with our Program Director.

INTENSIVE  INQUIRY FORM

ATTRIBUTES OF SEED INTENSIVE FELLOWS

  1. Rigorous approach to program design/solution-building. Candidates’ ability to articulate the potency of their programming is required. Perfection is not expected but rather a demonstration of rigor and an innovative spirit.

  2. Dignifying approach to the mission you serve.

  3. Leadership upside. Again, we’re not looking for perfection. Leaders who possess a non-anxious presence, creative mindset, and a care for team members will be noticed.

  4. Willingness to fundraise. Organizations that view fundraising as a necessary evil are not a fit for the Beacon Partnership. We believe in the intrinsic value of fundraising.

  5. Desire to do things differently, even if it’s difficult. Seed seeks to strengthen our culture’s highest-impact institutions which usually means making hard decisions. 

  6. $100,000+ in annual revenue

 

FUNDRAISING AUDIT

An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of my organization's fundraising strategy and operation

PROGRAM CLARITY

A refreshed logic model that clarifies the target audience, daily activities, outputs, outcomes, and impact of your organization's most optimized programming

CASE FOR SUPPORT

An overview of the distilled messaging that invites donors to generosity

PERFORMANCE training

Skillsets and mindsets for non-anxious executive leadership

implementation

Pre-planned  weekly management rhythms and team meeting agendas

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P.O. Box 265

Beaver, PA

15009