Leaders Lab: Mastering Not-for-Profit Essentials

Lead, govern and manage your organization with excellence

Learn the 6 essentials to excel in not-for-profit management
Learn from experts on the key areas of strong organizational foundations. Topics include: Board Governance; Planning Strategically; Human Resources; Fund Development; Legal Responsibilities; and Financial Accountability  

Attend each session with a team member
A board director, senior staff member or leadership volunteer. You'll always have someone in your passenger seat.

By the end of the 4 month program, you will be able to:

  • Understand the distinct roles of the executive and board in leading, managing and governing an organization 
  • Flag issues that create legal risk for not-for-profits
  • Develop people practices that are key to effective mission delivery
  • Understand the process of planning strategically to deliver your mission 
  • Define the roles of staff and board in developing and achieving a fund development strategy 
  • Differentiate between financial health, capacity and sustainability

Additionally you will:

  • Develop an action plan for transferring relevant learning into your organization 
  • Attend a final discussion circle with all of the facilitators focused on this question: Now that you’ve implemented your action plans what new questions have arisen? 
  • Have increased shared organizational knowledge among key members of your team - board and staff
  • Have developed supportive relationships and personal networks with other not-for-profit leaders 

You will complete this program through 3 full classroom days (9:00am - 4:00pm) and 1 half-day (9:00am - 12:00pm) over 4 months.

Facilitated by: Randy Schaefer

Day 1 - September 18, 2014

Topic #1 Board Governance: Content expert T.B.D.
Topic #2 Strategic Planning: Randy Schaefer

Day 2 - October 16, 2014

Topic #3 Human Resources: Content expert T.B.D.
Topic #4 Fund Development: Meg Clarke

Day 3 - November 20, 2014

Topic #5 Legal Responsibilities: Chilwin Cheng
Topic #6 Financial Management: Kathleen Speakman

Day 4 - December 11, 2014 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Topic #7 -  Peer Discussion Circle: All facilitators & experts

All sessions are held at the Vantage Point office
1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

$625 per 2 person team

Applications closed

For more information, please contact Nareena Switlo, Education Specialist at 604 637 8297 or nswitlo@thevantagepoint.ca 

Leaders Lab

Applications closed 


Leaders Lab Schedule
4 Sessions - Fall 2014

September 18, 2014
October 16, 2014
November 20, 2014
December 11, 2014