Current Trainings


Redefining our Work to Meet 21st Century Challenges – Competitive Funding, Increased Use of Technology, Cross-sector Collaboration, & more


Friday, May 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)


Webinar Overview

As organizations dedicated to ending violence against women (VAW), we share similarities with other non-profits, but also distinct differences.   As we look to the future, we face the question of how to most effectively build on our assets as organizations dedicated to survivor-defined advocacy and social change while navigating reduced funding, increased demand for services, long-term staff transitions, challenges against the VAW agenda, and more. This webinar will discuss:

·         Strategy and direction setting for organizations working to end violence against women, and how it needs to be different from the traditional “strategic planning” processes;

·         The connection between ongoing learning and evaluation with strategic thinking;

·         Effectively communicating with funders;

·         Examples of various financial sustainability models;

·         Good practices on using technology;

·         Coopetition – the future state of collaboration and competition.

Learning Objectives

Webinar participants will:

·  Understand how our movement history prepared us to meet 21st century challenges;
·  Learn the interconnectedness of organizational identity and how to articulate niche in a crowded funding landscape;
·  Have a stronger understanding of how to use evaluation as a strategic tool to increase impact;
·  Gain a deeper understanding of what funders look for;
·  Learn about approaches to financial sustainability;
·  Share bright spots on using technology in service of mission;
·  Develop a greater appreciation for partnership and collaboration to advance the movement to end violence against women.

About The Presenter


Shiree Teng has worked in the social sector for 35 years as a social and racial justice champion – as a front line organizer, network facilitator, capacity builder, grantmaker, and evaluator and learning partner. Shiree brings to her work a lifelong commitment to social change and a belief in the potential of groups of people coming together to create powerful solutions to entrenched social issues.  


Shiree has an intimate understanding of the issues and challenges related to working in communities of color and dynamics of class, culture and power. Having spent her life in the social sector, Shiree comes to the work from the perspective of building capacity. For the past 15 years, Shiree has worked as a Program Officer and Consultant to Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) program. Since 2010, Shiree has served as a senior advisor to Hewlett Foundation’s OE grantmaking. She is a member of the national consultant pool for Building Capacity for Organizational Resilience and Renewal (BCORR) supported by a collaborative group of social justice funders. She is a member of the RoadMap, with roots in French American Charitable Trust’s Management Assistance Program. She has worked in the Mid-South Delta region and Benton Harbor, Michigan with Omowale Satterwhite, founder of NCDI. Shiree was the lead evaluator for Rockwood Leadership Institute, and continues to support RLI’s learning and direction setting process. Shiree leads by serving, using a culturally-based approach and relying on core competencies of strategic thinking, listening and synthesizing, connecting, and mobilizing action. 


Shiree chairs the board of Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and is a member of National Equity Project board.


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Shiree is fluent in three Chinese dialects. Having lived and worked in Watsonville and Salinas with cannery and farmworkers, Shiree has a functional understanding of Spanish. She holds degrees in Social Welfare and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and is a doctoral student in Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University. She lives in the Fruitvale District in Oakland.




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This project is supported by Grant No. 2012-TA-AX-K056 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this presentation are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.