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Imagine Canada took a snap-shot of young workers in the Greater Toronto area, to highlight the challenges of working in the not-for-profit sector and to understand the priorities the next generation.

From our Vantage Point: Podcast for not-for-profit leaders, board members, managers and staff

Sector leaders are in for an interesting conversation in this month’s podcast: Not-for-Profit Salary Surveys: striving for fair compensation in the sector. Trina Isakson, independent researcher and consultant, draws on her recent experience in championing an effort to reveal current not-for-profit salary levels here in the Metro Vancouver area. Trina shares her insights from that project, providing some suggested implications for sector leader’s consideration. Please note: podcast listeners are offered a 20% discount to the Metro Vancouver Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey, using discount code VANTAGEPOINT.

In this blog post we reflect on our Year of Abundance and what we learned through our organizational assessments and engagement with resource downloads.

In April 2016 we launched Vantage Point’s Year of Abundance. We reflected on what we believe an abundant not-for-profit can look like, and created the set of practical tools for organizations to use in their journey towards abundance. How do we define abundance? Abundance is a culture of confidence and possibility with a belief that openness to new ideas and diverse resources will enable organizations to achieve transformational change. Abundance is not a destination or a management philosophy but a reflection of what we do in our organizations, and how we do it.

Abundance is a state of being. Flow with it.

I am a better leader because I fundamentally believe that abundance is present in all my endeavours. There is a place and a space for all of us, personally, professionally and organizationally. Working from a place of joy and abundance has a multiplying effect.

From our Vantage Point: Podcast for not-for-profit leaders, board members, managers and staff

We have legal expertise in the recording studio for this month’s podcast, Tips on Running an Effective Annual General Meeting (AGM). Michael Blatchford, lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright, shares his depth of knowledge on the most frequent questions we receive on AGM-related issues.

Every time I facilitate a leadership governance training I go through a range of emotions. It starts with curiosity, veers into terror, and then settles into curiosity and exhilaration as I get into the room and start working with the participants. My last session working with not-for-profit board members in Kelowna was no different except that everything was amplified. 

Vantage Point’s own Engagement Manager, Dana Osiowy, joins me to share her tips in designing high impact volunteer engagements for, who we call, knowledge philanthropists. Dana remembers her first time learning about the concept of knowledge philanthropy, during her time as ED of Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Cranbrook, as a “game changer”. Find out why!

10 Attributes of a BOSS Board: take your not-for-profit governance to new heights by following these ten tips on areas including great meetings, decision making and strategic planning.

Here at Vantage Point, we have worked with hundreds of boards and thousands of board members. We are often asked what makes a great board and so we have developed a list to help boards fine tune their processes for greater governance success.

As a primary tool of communicating impact, your annual report tells an important story about your organization: who you are, what you value, how you impact the community, and who contributes to your success. So, it can serve you well to highlight the role of volunteers in your annual report.

Recruiting fundraising champions to help your not-for-profit organization find funding and build relationships with funders.

In fundraising, as in life, I have learned that different paths may often lead to unexpected and rewarding results. I once met a couple who got lost and ended up on a remote road leading to the college campus where I worked. This began a journey that lead to a multi-year major gift from their family foundation. I was very glad they took that path!

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