Let’s face it – you and the rest of your staff are rock stars. If you’re anything like most not-for-profits in BC, you deliver an incredible array of programs and services relative to the resources at your disposal. In this environment not-for-profit staff teams excel at program delivery, partnerships, and adjusting the services they provide to the community on a regular basis. This strength, however, can also present a challenge. When does your staff team have an opportunity to develop their personal leadership skills?
What opportunities lay ahead for emerging leaders in the not-for-profit sector? That depends... The Ontario Nonprofit Network describes the situation as such: “The nonprofit sector can be a great place to work. It often provides employees with the opportunity to be a part of an inspiring cause. But, for many “early career” employees, those who are post-secondary students, recent graduates, and seeking or working in their first jobs, obtaining meaningful and sustainable employment within the nonprofit sector can actually be quite difficult.”
In this month’s podcast we consider the topic: Making the “To-Get-Done” List: Operational Plans That Work with Catarina Moreno, Program Director at QMUNITY - B.C.'s Queer Resource Centre. After a few years of observing a disconnect between strategic plans and work plans, Catarina led QMUNITY's operational planning process that translated the organization's strategic plan into one succinct operational plan that covers 12 multi-disciplinary staff.
Almost a year ago, staff and board at Vantage Point began to critically consider our organization’s Indigenous cultural competency. Our journey began with a (not so simple) question: why, when, and how would we acknowledge that our offices and training space are located on traditional Aboriginal territory? As we endeavoured to make space for this important conversation, we reached out to knowledge-keepers and more informed perspectives to provide guidance and support in the journey. Many talented people in our community responded from both within our own team and outside Vantage Point.
We are often asked by boards that we work with: do we really need Director and Officers (D&O) Liability Insurance? We’ve finally had a chance to go to the experts for this one: Director and Officers Liability Insurance: A Necessary Cost? Kawkab Jamal, agency owner of The Co-operators office at 5564 Cambie Street, Vancouver, leads us through the key benefits of D&O insurance, the issues to consider when exploring or revisiting your coverage, and the risks of not having this type of insurance (because neither ignorance nor resignation is a defence!).
Welcome to the fresh, new Govolunteer.ca. You spoke, we listened. Over the last two years, we heard from YOU-- both prospective volunteers and not-for-profit organizations -- and have made your wish list into a reality. With thousands of users and data from over ten years, it has been quite the undertaking. The new Govolunteer.ca is a labour of love and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you! Now, we haven’t just freshened up our look... we have added a ton of new features to make your experience connecting with volunteer opportunities and talented members of your community even easier and more interactive.
For our virtual interview, Kelly Allder, Vice President for Human Resource Programs at Ceridian, joins me to share her HR expertise on the topic: Show Me the Money! Getting Clarity on Compensation. Kelly is familiar with the not-for-profit context through her role as Executive Director of Ceridian Cares, Ceridian’s philanthropic foundation. Kelly emphasises the importance of starting with your organization’s values in articulating a clear compensation philosophy that then serves as the key foundation for making compensation decisions across the organization.
When it comes to organizational planning and change leadership efforts, a recent personal experience highlighted the value of the philosophy we put forward in our book The Abundant Not-for-Profit. The book centres on the idea that a clear and compelling mission, and a focus on attracting passionate, skilled people to contribute unique skills, provides access to an abundance of resources and skills to get the job done. As I discovered recently, groups looking to initiate or launch new change leadership efforts by focusing on resources other than people (like money) too soon can actually derail or inhibit the transition from an idea to a start-up!
With the knowledge that most aspects of the new Societies Act will come into force as of Nov 28, 2016, Vantage Point decided to move quickly to look at our current bylaws and constitution, in order to put forward revised bylaws and constitution for member approval at our AGM in April, 2016. We are excited to share our journey with you as we understand the anxiety that preparing for the new Act brings to all of us! As a starting point, I share the key phases and associated processes that Vantage Point identified for how to tackle a review of current bylaws and constitution, to ultimately ensure compliance with the new Act.
Three years ago we published our second book, The Abundant Not-for-Profit, and issued a call to action to the not-for-profit sector: Focus on abundance, not scarcity. How did we frame abundance at that time? Through the lens of people. The world is full of experienced and talented people who care about community and are willing to donate their time and talent. Engage those people in meaningful ways throughout all levels of your organization and you will increase your capacity to achieve your mission. We are proud of the book and its role in sharing the message of abundance and knowledge philanthropy with thousands of people.