Just over seven days ago, we invited not-for-profit leaders across North America into a conversation about not-for-profit abundance.
After two years of research, writing and editing, it was a little nerve-wracking to finally release The Abundant Not-for-Profit into the world. We hoped the message would resonate. We hoped it would spark your imagination. We hoped you might share it with others.
Today, we want to say a huge thank you.
Thank you for downloading the book, for reading it, for sending us your positive feedback – and for spreading the word.
It’s time to challenge conventional thinking in our sector. It’s time to engage the abundance of talented people that are willing – even yearning – to contribute to our organizations, if only we can realize how to work with them effectively.
It’s time to stop bemoaning our lack of resources and...
We know there are many stories of organizations that have adopted a business model that recruits people to be volunteers – and then focuses on their knowledge, skills and experience. They recruit volunteer “heads.” We know these organizations understand the high value they gain as they hire exceptional consultants they can pay with meaning, rather than money. At Vantage Point we are always excited to hear, and then tell, those stories.
You can build an abundant not-for-profit in many different ways. The first ingredient is always realizing people are passionate about your cause and are anxious...
Are you proud of your board? Do the people around the table inspire you? When recruiting, do you ask yourself: will this person bring greater pride and inspiration to the board?
Too many of us begin board recruitment with lofty goals and end up accepting “warm bodies.” We know these people are not a perfect fit. They are only “qualified” because they have the time and some interest.
Let’s stop this practice and start working with only the best. Period.
Your board composition is greater than the sum of its parts. One person has the potential to change the entire culture. When high performing...
Often people come to Vantage Point and say they would like to volunteer with us. Can you remember a time when someone said that to you? I’ll bet it has happened! Many people in the community are passionate about your cause, and they will often approach your organization to explore how they can contribute. And if your organization has an event, or if you have an ongoing task they could do, you might be able to slot them in.
What if you could begin to match their specific skills and interests to a meaningful (new) role in your organization? We have developed a step-by-step process you can put in...
In our sector many organizations use this term to describe all the voluntary roles that perform day to day operations (i.e. actual programs and services). Recruitment, onboarding, training, engagement, supervision and recognition of people in these roles are managed within the “volunteer program.”
If I asked you to list all the programs and services your organization operates, would “volunteer program” be among them? No. Because volunteers aren’t a program. They are the people who bring your programs, services and mission to life. Just the same as...
At Vantage Point, we have spent a decade learning how to build an abundant organization.
It didn’t take long for us to realize that before an organization could get to abundant it had to get to strong. Over the years, many experts have studied effective not-for-profit organizations and outlined good practices in leadership, governance, planning and talent engagement. We agree with many of their ideas, and have worked with many not-for-profit leaders to institute good practices in their organizations.
Once an organization is strong – once it is mission-based and operating effectively – it can...
The arrival of a new year often marks transition, change - and new beginnings. Here at Vantage Point, we begin this New Year with tremendous excitement about the completion of our new book, The Abundant Not-for-Profit.
Over the next few weeks, as we prepare for the book's official launch, we will be sharing previews of the content on this blog.
We'll also send exclusive discounts and special announcements to our book interest list, so we encourage you to register with us now, if you haven't already.
Today, we are thrilled to share the front cover with you for the first time.
You might think bringing talented volunteers into your organization would make salaried employees feel less valued. My experience has been the exact opposite.
In an abundant not-for-profit, my ability to engage and lead highly skilled people is highly valued and necessary for our organization to be successful. Utilizing my skills to meaningfully engage all of this amazing talent is a win-win for me and the knowledge philanthropists I work with. Not to mention the inspiration, excitement and challenge (the good kind!) they inject into my daily...