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Vantage Point is a not-for-profit organization that supports other not-for-profits by providing professional development learning opportunities on board governance, leadership, and people management. Our unique model of delivery is founded on our ability to engage a large number of volunteer knowledge philanthropists to facilitate our courses and workshops; they have expertise in the topic areas and a passion to share with it with the community.

Our high quality learning opportunities have contributed to our strong reputation in the community, and in 2013, hundreds of leaders benefitted from our workshops, advanced learning labs, and customized services.  93% of those surveyed stated our learning opportunities improved their capacity to lead their organization. 

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

Scheduled Workshops | [view complete list of workshops]

Understanding the BC Society Act | September 22, 2014, 9:00am – 12:30pm

The BC Society Act impacts your organization’s success - it’s time to understand it.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Michael Blatchford
Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs, and current or prospective board members of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Setting the legal framework for every not-for-profit society incorporated in BC, the Society Act provides the boundaries for governance, financial affairs, amalgamation, and dissolution.

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Evaluating Your Executive Director | September 25, 2014, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Develop an evaluation process that works for your organization.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Jodi Rai
Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs, board members, or senior leaders in not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Learn why, when and how to evaluate the executive director, and move towards developing a process and an assessment tool that works for your organization. With no peers and no direct supervisor, it can be difficult for an executive director to obtain honest feedback to improve his or her performance.

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Employee Engagement | October 7, 2014, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Learn and execute concrete tactics to create a positive and supportive work environment.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Jodi Rai
Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs, board members, or senior leaders in not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Engaged employees stay in their roles longer, are absent from work less, perform better and contribute to more positive customer and client experiences. In our Employee Engagement workshop you will Identify concrete steps and behaviours you can action right away that don’t require additional budget.

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Evaluation 101 for Board Members | October 9, 2014, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Set measurements and indicators that improve your board’s ability to communicate impact and achieve your mission.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Alison Brewin
Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs and board members of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

In this workshop you will explore the fundamentals of evaluation, demystify the language and find out what your board can do to support effective evaluation in your organization. You will learn how boards can use evaluation to support meaningful oversight and ensure they are fulfilling their roles and responsibilities effectively.

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Strategic Planning 101 | October 21, 2014, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Learn why having a strategic plan is important to your organization and how this can be achieved.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Randi Schaefer
Suggested participants: board of directors and executive directors of not-for-profit organizations
Location: Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Surrey BC

A strategic plan provides high-level direction and ensures effective board governance for an organization. This workshop focuses on the importance of a strategic plan and outlines its components.

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The Abundant Not-For-Profit: An Introduction | October 21, 2014, 8:30am – 12:00pm

Explore a new road map to not-for-profit leadership that hinges on our unique advantage: we can hire the best, most talented people, and pay them with meaning.

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Cost: Member $110.00; Non-member $125.00
Facilitator: Lynda Gerty
Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs, board member, and senior leaders of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Get ready for theory, tips, case studies and practical tools that will equip you to attract, meaningfully engage and align an abundance of talented people towards your mission.

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Succession Planning | October 29, 2014, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Move from reactive to proactive management of people transitions in your organization.

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

Identify (and secure!) your current and future leadership requirements to move your mission forward. Learn practical steps and gain concrete resources to support your organization to plan proactively for leadership transition.

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Not-For-Profit Lifecycles 101 | November 4, 2014, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Understanding your organization’s lifecycle stage allows you to pin point your exact growing pains and determine your next steps in capacity development.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Navida Nuraney
Suggested participants: Executive Directors, CEOs, Directors, Managers, and Board Members of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Improve your mission and program delivery by identifying your stage of development and determine concrete steps to immediately build your organization’s capacity in governance, management, financial resources and administrative system.

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Critical Role of the Board Chair | November 5, 2014, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Analyze the key attributes of a strong board chair and assess your own strengths and opportunities for growth as a captain, coach and catalyst.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Tracy Logan
Suggested participants: board chairs and incoming board chairs of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

In this workshop you will: gain a better understanding of the board chair’s role; explore how to move your board towards a governance model; and begin to develop a 100 day action plan to engage your board in achieving its organizational mission.

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Strategic Planning 101 | November 13, 2014, 9:00am – 12:30pm

Learn why having a strategic plan is important to your organization and how this can be achieved.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Mark Friesen
Suggested participants: board of directors and executive directors of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

A strategic plan provides high-level direction and ensures effective board governance for an organization. This workshop focuses on the importance of a strategic plan and outlines its components.

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Knowledge Philanthropy: How to Find & Engage Skilled Volunteers | November 18, 2014, 8:30am – 12:00pm

Start connecting with the abundance of talent in your community.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: T.B.D.
Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs and senior leaders of not-for-profit organizations
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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Fierce Conversations 2-Day Workshop | November 27 & 28, 2014, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Open dialogue that builds consensus and enriches your professional relationships.

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Facilitator: Cheryl Beaumont
Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs, board members and senior leaders of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Fierce Conversations 2-Day workshop equips you with practical tools and techniques for handling all types of conversations, whether it is running team meetings, coaching, delegating, or confronting.

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Executive Director: Leading Your Board | December 9, 2014, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Steer your board to better performance.

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Cost: member $95.00; non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Jennifer Breakspear
Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs, and board members of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Keeping your board focused on governance and out of operations is a key challenge that can strain this relationship. If you can effectively educate and engage your board members to set direction versus manage operations, you can lead your board to govern.

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Advanced Learning

Emerging Leaders: The Right Path for Developing Not-For-Profit Leaders
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]

Executive Lab: Creating Strong Leadership
This seven month program focuses on executive competencies to lead change in your organization and community. [more info]

Leaders Lab: Lead, Govern and Manage your Organization with Excellence
This four month program creates dynamic team leadership by examining six essential areas of a strong organizational foundation and the role of the executive director and the board in each area. [more info]

Governance Lab: Building Outstanding Boards
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]

Webinars

Board Basics: Roles and Responsibilities | November 7, 2014, 8:00am – 9:00am PST

Engage your board and align their work with organizational values and vision.

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Cost: $20.00
Facilitator: T.B.D.
Suggested participants: current and prospective board members of not-for-profit organizations

A highly effective and engaged board has clarity around roles, responsibilities and aligns their work and performance with organizational values and vision. This workshop focuses on board members’ key responsibilities and moves boards out of operations and into the “big picture”.

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Succession Planning | December 3, 2014, 4:00pm – 5:00pm PST

Attract top talent through effective succession planning & move from reactive to proactive management of people transitions in your organization.

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Cost: $20.00
Facilitator: T.B.D.
Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs, board members, and senior leaders of not-for-profit organizations

Identify (and secure!) your current and future leadership requirements to move your mission forward. Learn practical steps and gain concrete resources to support your organization to plan proactively for leadership transition.

Register Get on the Wait / Interest List

 

Customized Learning and Consulting


Vantage Point can design and deliver customized workshops and consulting services with your organization's specific needs in mind. Interested in designing solutions for your organization? 
Contact Nareena Switlo at 604 637.8297