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Programs and Events

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]

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 | *SOLD OUT* December 9, 2014, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Steer your board to better performance.

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Facilitator: Jennifer Breakspear
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
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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Nonprofit Lifecycles I: Understanding Organizational Capacity | January 20, 2015, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Determine concrete steps to immediately build your organization’s capacity in governance, management, financial resources and administrative systems.

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Facilitator: T.B.D.
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Senior leaders (i.e. Executive Directors, CEOs, Directors, Managers, etc.) or board members of not-for-profit organizations
Location: Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Surrey

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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Board Fundamentals: Fund Development | February 6, 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm

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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Facilitator: T.B.D.
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Board members, executive directors/CEOs or senior leaders (i.e. Directors, Managers, etc.) of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

This workshop is targeted to board members who want to learn how to develop strategic fundraising plans to focus on a diverse range of fundraising sources.

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Board Fundamentals: Roles & Responsibilities | February 11, 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm

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.D.
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: current and perspective board members
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

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

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Strategic Planning ABCs: Alignment, Buy-In, Clarity | March 24, 2015, 9:00am – 12:30pm

A strategic plan provides high-level direction and ensures effective board governance for an organization.

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

Learn why having a strategic plan is important to your organization and how this can be achieved. This workshop focuses on the importance of a strategic plan and outlines its components.

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WEBINAR - Board Fundamentals: Roles & Responsibilities | March 30, 2015, 4:00pm – 5:00pm PST

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.D.
Cost: $25.00
Suggested participants: current and perspective board members
Location: Online

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

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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]

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

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.

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WEBINAR - Board Fundamentals: Roles & Responsibilities | March 30, 2015, 4:00pm – 5:00pm PST

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

[more info]

Facilitator: T.B.D. 
Cost: $25.00
Suggested participants: current and perspective board members 
Location: Online

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

Register Get on the Wait / Interest  List

 

Customized Training 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