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I feel I have finally been given a playbook on fundraising! As someone who set up my organization to make a difference, the fundraising world was very opaque to me. Now, I feel confident in showcasing our work and tapping in to what I initially thought was a tight financial space.
The ILSS Leadership Program has been educational, informative and empowering, providing a good mix of concepts and theories, connecting with practitioners of the discipline and their experiences along with insights from those who made the shift, from the corporate to the social sector. The curriculum is well designed, giving us a bird’s eye view of the sector and what one could expect .
It has also connected each one of us to a positive network of people, who are willing to help, advise, collaborate, share successfully creating a circle of positivity and value.
The Program was one place where I knew I could find answers for any questions I may have – a process that, before this, was completely unclear and inaccessible. Especially in sessions with my mentor and the cohort, I had all my questions about how to go about fundraising answered, in a structured way.
A holistic understanding of the sector, a realistic view of the implementation challenges and the need for multiple stakeholder management. Also allowed me to understand the transition paths taken by Alumni and the trade-offs that would be necessary to make a successful switch to the social sector.
The ILSS Leadership Program thus played a major role in facilitating a change from the corporate sector to the social sector.
“ILSS was an immersive, exhilarating journey that renewed my faith in myself, fellow human beings and the path into the social space.”
“ILSS is a transformative experience as it opens your eyes, every single day, to a different set of problems. It’s very likely that you will get deeply engaged with one sector or the other”
Entrepreneur and former CIO Sanjeev Prasad, who attended the December 2018 edition of the ILSS Leadership Program, now sits on the board of Anudip Foundation and serves as an advisor at QCI. The social sector allows one to create real impact, he says.
ILSS gave me an overview of the challenges the social sector is trying to address, the opportunity to meet and get inspired by some great minds, make some lifelong friends, and also a sounding board for ideas.