PREPARING YOUR PATH

For each theme, the Toolbox offers a “Path”, which provides a recommended sequence of activities, discussions, and exercises that will guide you through a fruitful learning process. Most Paths assume that you will invest a full day to work on the respective theme.

To prepare your Path and facilitation, please read through the Facilitator’s guide.

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Internal Communication & Decisions

Develop healthy internal communication and decision-making processes inside your team.

Path of the Rings

Identify ineffective communications practices; explore new models; or find solutions to conflict laden relationships.

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Working with Volunteers

Lay a solid foundation and sustainable way for working with volunteers.

Path of the Millipede

Define volunteer roles and tasks, develop a support structure for volunteers, and create a strategy to recruit the right volunteers.

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Roles & Responsibilities

Improve roles and responsibilities in your team.

Path to the Perfect Puzzle

Analyze whether responsibilities are fairly and logically distributed, if you need more hands on deck, and uncover new practices for internal knowledge sharing or communication.

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Vision & Mission

Develop your vision and mission statement.

Path to the Lighthouse

Based on your values and ideals, create a collective narrative and understanding which will guide your organization.

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Strategy

Identify the best way to achieve impact or solve social challenges in your specific field of work.

Path to True North

Create a new strategy from scratch or revamp an old strategy.

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Risk & Resilience

Improve your organization’s risk and resilience management.

Path through the Rocky Canyon

Get an understanding of your team’s risk tolerance, assess the risks of your organization, and develop a concrete plan for responding to potential risks.

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Financial Model

Increase your organization’s financial stability and sustainability.

Path of the Golden Cat

Analyze your current funding strategy, explore new models and learn how to approach donors or try out an earned income model.

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Knowledge & Learning

Improve your institutional knowledge management and learning.

Path of the Wizard

Get to know new methods of detecting, transferring, and storing information, experience, and know-how in your organization.

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Collective Impact

Build effective collaborations and partnerships for collective impact.

Path of Joint Action

Create a shared vision and develop an effective structure of roles within the partnership; set up agreements on communication, information sharing and strategic steps for your collaboration.

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Crowdfunding

Develop a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Path of the Cheering Crowd

Analyze your network of supporters; identify potential crowdfunding anchors and build an effective crowdfunding strategy.

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Working With Funders

Build trust and strengthen cooperative relationships with institutional funders.

Path to Building Bridges

Determine the kind of change you want to create within your funding relationships and learn how to develop a compelling narrative and communication strategy that supports the dialogue with funding partners.

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Evaluative Learning

Explore practices of developmental evaluation that encourage learning and innovation in your organization.

Path to the Mirror Lakes

Get an understanding of the purpose of creating an evaluative learning practice; identify areas where this practice can be applied and define how you can continue to practice evaluative learning in your working routines.

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Community Engagement

Plan and design a community event.

Path to the Vibrant Village

Evaluate whom to invite to the event; identify the need and purpose of engaging the community and develop an action plan for implementing the community event.

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