Following the Exit Signs

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Identify and plan for the most appropriate strategy for transitioning from survival to sustainability.

About this event

Masterclass 3 in a series of 3

During the workshop series, we highlight the importance of focusing on the core, knowing what to say 'yes' and 'no' to, and what to let go of. This is especially relevant now, with most charities having developed new initiatives in response to Covid, or having let some important elements of their work go. Use this workshop to identify the most appropriate exit strategy for your initiatives.

We will also focus on the importance of sustainable impact, making a lasting difference by making sure that the people (or issues) you support need you less in future. Full independence isn’t always possible or desirable. But have you done everything you can to help people strengthen their support networks, take their next steps and increase their independence? Have you built other organisation's capacity, or do you protect your work against competition?

This session: Following the Exit Signs

This final masterclass in the series introduces two key elements of organisational sustainability:

  1. The six possible exit strategies for any project, initiative or organisation, helping you to identify the right ones for you.
  2. Making a lasting difference. A new way of thinking about sustainable impact, identifying what can be done individually, organisationally and at a community and policy level. A copy of our 'Guide to Sustainable Impact' is provided.

This session's group activity among supportive peers develops ideas for sharing and sustaining learning – the key to all sustainability plans and exit strategies.


These participatory online workshops replicate everything you'd expect from face-to-face participation while being cheaper and more accessible:

  • Clear content delivery supported by slides, handouts & extra resources.
  • Full interaction, with audio, video, text chat, polls and shared notes.
  • Peer sharing and support with breakout spaces for small group activity, supported by members of the Lasting Difference team.

Click on the links below to find out more about the other masterclasses and book your place.

Masterclass 1: Understanding sustainability

26th October 10am-12.45pm

Understand the principles and develop the practices you need to survive - and sustain your work - in a post-crisis world. Use your learning from the current crisis and recent years to identify what to sustain.

Masterclass 2: Developing the Five Capabilities 9th November 10am-12.45pm

Introducing and exploring the six possible exit strategies for any stage in a project or organisational lifecycle. Identify and plan for the most appropriate strategy for transitioning from survival to sustainability.

Managing Capacity:

14th September 10am-12.45pm

What to do when you can’t do any more.

Capacity is the fundamental sustainability challenge. This new masterclass demystifies it and presents proven strategies for taming it. Showcasing our recently published capacity guide, this workshop explores what capacity is and how to measure, manage and make more of it.

System Capacity and Leadership: 21st September

Introducing 'Shine a Light', our new guide to system sustainability, capacity and leadership. With reducing resources and increasing demand, capacity is the number one concern within public and voluntary sector organisations. But how much capacity do we have within the sectors and systems we are part of - and how do we build more of it?

About The Lasting Difference

These sessions are led by Graeme Reekie, author of the popular Lasting Difference toolkit and Director of The Lasting Difference consultancy (formerly 'Wren and Greyhound'). Graeme is a respected charity consultant who has supported nonprofit organisations through workshops, facilitation and strategic consultancy over 15+ years. Members of the Lasting Difference team will also be on hand to help out during the workshops.

The updated fifth edition of the Lasting Difference has just been published and is available from, with more than 7500 copies now in use by charities and social enterprises around the world.


Q. Do I need to book for all three events separately?

A. Yes, please help us manage the events by booking onto each event separately. You can do this using the links above.

Q. How many people can take part?

A. There are up to 20 places available for each session. Up to three people from the same organisation can take part, but please book separately as this makes it easier to manage communications.

Q. What if I only want to do one or two of the workshops, or if I can't attend one?

A. That's fine! People who do all three get a lot more from the experience and the relationships that are built. Taken together, the masterclasses provide a coherent programme to help you address sustainability in your project or organisation. But they also stand alone in themselves, with short refreshers at the start to introduce any core concepts you may have missed.

Q. What is the refund policy if I need to cancel?

You can cancel your booking within two weeks of the event for a full refund. After this date, we cannot provide refunds because of the administration costs we will have incurred.

Either way, if you book a place but need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing:

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