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We provide interactive learning that is immediately applicable, and professional development that lift organizational capacity. 

Our foundational, advanced, and custom learning focus on governance, leadership, planning, and people engagement. We equip leaders throughout the sector – welcoming new and seasoned not-for-profit leaders, board directors, and managers. 

Contact us to learn more and explore how we can work together.

Scheduled Workshops | [view complete list of workshops]


Board Fundamentals: Fund Development | February 16, 2016, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Learn best practices and concrete ideas to support your organization's fundraising efforts.

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Facilitator: Joseph Bardsley
Cost: members - $95.00; non-members - $110.00
Suggested participants: Board members, executive directors/CEOs or senior leaders (i.e. Directors, Managers)
Location: 10350 University Drive, Surrey

Boards have a critical role to play in fund development. This workshop is targeted to board members who want to learn how to develop a culture of fund development within their organization.

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*SOLD OUT* The New Societies Act: What to Expect and How to Transition | February 18, 2016, 8:30am – 11:30am

The Societies Act comes into force November 28, 2016. How will the changes affect your organization?

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Facilitator: Michael Blatchford, LL.B.
Cost: Member - $95.00; Non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders.
Location: UBC Robson Square, Rm C300, Downtown Vancouver

Learn about the critical changes being introduced through the new Societies Act and how your organization can transition to the new legislation.

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Recruiting for Keeps (Intensive) | February 26, 2016, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Attracting and recruiting top talent is paramount to your organization’s success. Be confident you are making the best hiring decisions for your organization.

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Facilitator: Anthony Azar
Cost: Member - $184.00; Non-member - $199.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders.
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Explore best practices in developing job descriptions, screening resumes, developing interview questions, and conducting reference checks to proactively attract and recruit high performers to your employee and volunteer roles.

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Board Fundamentals: Critical Role of the Chair | March 1, 2016, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Strong Leadership is about more than running efficient meetings.

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Facilitator: Kelly Stark-Anderson
Cost: members - $95.00; non-members - $110.00
Suggested participants: Board Chairs and incoming board chairs of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

Learn key strategies to lean and engage your board in achieving its organizational mission.

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*SOLD OUT* Understanding the Societies Act I: Legal Basics for BC Societies | March 8, 2016, 9:00am – 12:30pm

The Societies Act sets the legal framework for the majority of charitable and not-for-profit organizations operating in BC. Are you in compliance?

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Facilitator: Michael Blatchford and Bryan Millman
Cost: Member - $95.00; Non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive Directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders.
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

This workshop reviews the key foundations of the Act and how it affects the ongoing work of your board and organization. This Part 1 workshop will focus specifically on key governance and legal compliance issues, such as the role, rights and responsibilities of members and directors, constitution and bylaws, AGMs, board meetings, resolutions, records-keeping, and filings.

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Introduction to Coaching | March 10, 2016, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Coaching offers a tool for encouraging and supporting individuals and team members to find solutions and to take responsibility for their own actions and outcomes.

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Facilitator: Martha Sales, CEC, PCC
Cost: $229.00 – includes workbook
Suggested participants: Not-for-profit employees or, board members or volunteers
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

This full-day workshop includes facilitated discussions, individual and group activities and experiential learning through coaching practice. Participants will have the opportunity to practice coaching skills and more.

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Human Resources: Navigating Performance Issues | April 8, 2016, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Focus on tools to develop or strengthen your discipline and termination policies and procedures.

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Facilitator: T.B.A.
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member: $110.00
Suggested participants: Not-for-profit employees, board members or volunteers
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

By implementing a progressive, corrective discipline process, you encourage your employees and volunteers to become productive to your organization. In addition, the workshop will provide you with important information to help you soundly terminate an employee or volunteer.

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Board Fundamentals: Roles & Responsibilities | April 12, 2016, 9:30am – 12:30pm

A highly effective and engaged board has clarity around roles, responsibilities and aligns their work and performance with organizational values and vision.

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Facilitator: T.B.A.
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member: $110.00
Suggested participants: current or future not-for-profit board members
Location: City Centre Library - Surrey

This workshop focuses on board members’ key responsibilities and moves boards out of operations and into the “big picture”.

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Board Fundamentals: Not-For-Profit Financial Essentials | April 19, 2016, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Embrace your fiduciary responsibility. The role boards and employees play in not-for-profit financial management is not always fully understood or appreciated.

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Facilitator: T.B.A.
Cost: Member - $95.00; Non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders.
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

This half-day session will introduce you to a wide variety of financial management strategies and discuss ways to implement financial management tools effectively.

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*SOLD OUT* Understanding the BC Society Act II: Deep Dive into Legal Issues in Governance & Legislative Changes | April 27, 2016, 9:00am – 12:30pm

Through group work and case studies this workshop will introduce and explore more complex legal issues in governance, finance and regulatory matters and provide a strong focus on changes coming to those areas.

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Facilitator: Michael Blatchford
Cost: Member - $95.00; Non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders.
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Participants will have an opportunity to bring their current constitution and bylaws for a deeper review into compliance issues, related especially to these key governing documents.

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Exploring Leadership: The Next Generation | May 10, 2016, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Looking for a way to make your mark in your non-profit organization or your community? Not sure where to start?

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Facilitator: T.B.A.
Cost: Member - $95.00; Non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Staff, board members or volunteers who identify as millennials.
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

This workshop is designed to empower up-and-coming not-for-profit leaders with tools to explore their own leadership strengths, embrace leadership opportunities and cultivate a network of support as they take their first steps on their personal leadership path.

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Human Resources: Developing High Performers | May 31, 2016, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Managing performance is key to workforce engagement and the effectiveness and productivity of your organization.

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Facilitator: T.B.A.
Cost: Member - $95.00; Non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders.
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Participants will be able to understand the benefits and value of Performance Management, gain tools to manage performance, and feel more comfortable holding performance conversations and addressing issues.

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Board Fundamentals: Fund Development | June 7, 2016, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Learn best practices and concrete ideas to support your organization's fundraising efforts.

[more info]

Facilitator: T.B.A.
Cost: Member - $95.00; Non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Board members, executive directors/CEOs or senior leaders of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Boards have a critical role to play in fund development, yet many board members don’t feel they have the experience or confidence to be effective in promoting their organization.

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Understanding the BC Society Act II: Deep Dive into Legal Issues in Governance & Legislative Changes | June 16, 2016, 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Through group work and case studies this workshop will introduce and explore more complex legal issues in governance, finance and regulatory matters and provide a strong focus on changes coming to those areas.

[more info]

Facilitator: Michael Blatchford
Cost: Member - $95.00; Non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders.
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Participants will have an opportunity to bring their current constitution and bylaws for a deeper review into compliance issues, related especially to these key governing documents.

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Knowledge Philanthropy: How to Find & Engage Volunteer Talent | June 21, 2016, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Start connecting with the abundance of talent in your community.

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Facilitator: T.B.A.
Cost: FREE
Suggested participants: Not-for-profit leaders interested in attracting, and engaging knowledge philanthropists
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Explore practices that support the successful engagement of knowledge philanthropists, or skilled volunteers, and learn how to proactively plan for, attract and engage knowledge philanthropists in your work.

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Coming Later This Year...


July 2016

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Change Leadership: Getting Change Done

Advanced Governance: Strategic and Generative Conversations

 

August 2016

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Strategic Planning ABCs: Alignment, Board Engagement, and Clarity

Volunteer & Staff Engagement: Building a Culture of Passion

Board Fundamentals: Not-For-Profit Financial Essentials

Executive Director: Leading Your Board

 

September 2016

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Board Fundamentals: Roles and Responsibilities

Board Fundamentals: Fund Development

Board Fundamentals: Tools for Effective Meetings

 

October 2016

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Knowledge Philanthropy: How to Find and Engage Skilled Volunteers

Exploring Leadership: The Next Generation

Human Resources: Recruiting For Keeps (Intensive)

 

November 2016

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Board Fundamentals: Roles and Responsibilities

Board Fundamentals: Executive Director Development

 

December 2016

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Board Fundamentals: Tools for Effective Meetings

Board Fundamentals: Fund Development

 

Advanced Learning

Leadership Principles: The Right Path for Developing Not-For-Profit Leaders (formerly Emerging Leaders)
SPRING 2016 Application Deadline: January 11, 2016 at 4:00pm PT
This three session series focuses on two leadership attributes: leads self and develops talent. You will look at your own personal leadership approach, as well as developing individuals and developing teams.[more info]

Governance Lab: Building Outstanding Boards
SPRING 2016 Application Deadline: April 29, 2016 at 4:00pm PT
This five month program is a unique, interactive shared learning opportunity to advance the effectiveness and efficiency of your board by specifically targeting the board chair, executive director, and vice (incoming) chair. [more info]

Executive Lab: Creating Strong Leadership
2016 Application Deadline: January 22, 2016 at 4:00pm PT
This seven month program focuses on executive competencies to lead change in your organization and community. [more info]

LeaderShift: Focusing on the Practical Change to Get Shift Done 
SPRING 2016 Application Deadline: March 24, 2016 at 4:00pm PT
This accelerated, interactive program focuses on high-impact, immediately-applicable learning for not-for-profit executive directors and CEOs. [more info]

 

On-Site Training, Customized Training, & Consulting


Vantage Point can design and deliver on-site and customized workshops and consulting services with your organization in mind. Interested in designing solutions for your organization? 
Contact Mark Friesen at 604 630.5821