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Essentials Online

Date: Feb 06, 2024


Location: Virtual

Essentials Online Register

February 6 @ 9:00 am 10:30 am UTC-8

Essentials programs introduce the core principles and practices that Forward Global believes are critical for social investors and philanthropists to have impact in the world. The Essentials is also a requirement for all new Forward Global members, and is designed to help participants make the most of other opportunities across the global community.

The Essentials is ideal for:

Philanthropists or social investors interested in joining Forward Global

New Forward Global members planning to join the full Cohort

New Forward Global members planning to join an Action Lab or other TPW programme

Existing Forward Global members who completed the Cohort more than 3 years ago and want a refresher ahead of the Summit

This online course is a brand new way of doing philanthropy education, designed to overcome the challenges of Zoom fatigue and busy schedules, and to maximize accessibility and flexibility without reducing quality. Most of the theory will be shared ahead of the sessions in the form of short videos, with optional readings and links to toolkits if you want to go deeper. When we come together on Zoom, we will focus our time running interactive activities and discussing how the theory applies in practice. This virtual Essentials program will be offered as a combination of offline pre-work and live biweekly 1.5-hour meetings over the course of 2 weeks:

Session 1 will begin with core principles and intentional leadership;

Session 2 will move to mobilizing resources and decision making;

Session 3 will focus on shaping your strategy and thinking about systems;

Session 4 will end with forming partnerships.

We will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 6, 8, 13, & 15 at 9:00am PST | 12:00pm EST | 5:00pm GMT on Zoom for 1.5 hours.

Essentials participants are encouraged to continue their journey with Forward Global as part of a full Cohort. Previous participants have commented:

“The whole process of having a peer group does a lot for personal accountability – it pushes us not to stagnate.”

“There is so much I’ve gained from the Cohort – just having people to engage with has been terrific. One word that I’m taking away from this is joy – the joy of the process. There is so much in my life that feels burdensome, so to sustain me this work has to be joyful.”

“I realised I’ve been thinking too narrowly about things, about by resources, my impact. I’ve been boxing myself in necessarily. A big takeaway for me has been the need to challenge myself to broaden my thinking, to recognise more broadly what I can do and where.”

“I really loved the entire process of talking to my new peers; we learn stuff through TPW and then put it into practice by talking to your peers who are actually doing it.”

“Super useful, loved the whole thing.”

Places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment. For any questions, please reach out to Global Director of Programmes, Sam Underwood at