@thevantagepoint

Our Mission and Story

Non-profits are vital to our communities – sparking change, inspiring creativity, and bettering lives.

About Us

Vantage Point is a British Columbia non-profit that serves other BC non-profits. We convene, connect, and equip leaders to lift organizational capacity and elevate the non-profit sector.

We lead by example, growing as a living laboratory that shares and practices a spirit of abundance by focusing on strengths and opportunities.

With our main office situated on the unceded and stolen lands of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations, Vantage Point provides high quality, practical education, facilitation, and consulting support to BC’s non-profit sector as well as programs that support sector success through convening, facilitation, and advocacy. We offer programs and services to non-profits across the lands of over 200 distinct First Nations.

Vantage Point plays an important role in lifting and amplifying the strengths of this dynamic, resilient, and innovative sector. By identifying the sector’s strengths and challenges through research, and engaging in collaborations and government relations, Vantage Point has emerged as a relevant voice for the sector in recent years.

Vantage Point provides training and capacity-building support in areas of governance, leadership, human resources, strategic planning, and other key topics that support non-profits to achieve greater impact.

    Our Mission

    Vantage Point promotes connected communities by nurturing a strong non-profit sector. We achieve this by delivering high-quality training, resources, and advocacy that builds connection, creativity, and impact in the sector.

      Our Vision

      Our vision is an inclusive community, where non-profits can achieve their fullest potential and drive sustainable change throughout the province and beyond.

        Our Process

        Vantage Point exists to support the people moving these organizations forward – Executive Directors, board members, senior leaders, managers, staff, and volunteers.

        Non-profit professionals approach us for training and consulting in: governance, leadership, planning, and human resources. We are passionate about what we do, and as a non-profit ourselves, we will deeply understand your challenges, goals, and where you want to go next.

        The majority of our programs are facilitated by our team of over 150 Knowledge Philanthropists – who volunteer their time to support your organization. These individuals are proven experts in their fields and are dedicated to sharing their knowledge with you.

        Our Story

        It is impossible to imagine British Columbia without not-for-profit organizations. Non-profits are our soccer teams and symphonies, hospitals and homeless shelters, foundations and food banks; they protect our environment and provide education; their work is international and local; and they are where we worship and work. Over 26,000 organizations build and shape our province every day and enable thousands of people to positively engage with their communities.

        Vantage Point always has been, and remains today, an impact-driven and collaborative organization. It was founded as the Central Volunteer Bureau of Vancouver in 1943 to provide volunteer matching services throughout the city. We are proud of our heritage and our contribution to the amazing power volunteerism has in our community, but we needed to adapt to the changing times.

        In 2002, we noticed two important changes. First, people were becoming less and less interested in fulfilling repetitive traditional volunteer roles. They wanted to contribute their knowledge in high-impact and meaningful ways. Secondly, the changing expectations of our sector required organizations to excel in governance, leadership planning, and people engagement. As a result, we questioned our role and value as a volunteer centre.

        Vantage Point grew out of the desire to address the changing paradigm of volunteerism and our sector’s need to invest in capacity building. We believe that non-profits can achieve their goals – and long-term stability – by changing the way they view people engagement and by investing in their professional development. Transforming how the non-profit sector approaches governance, leadership, planning and people engagement can ultimately lead to greater impact and collaboration in the communities and causes they serve. We work with over 10,000 individuals from more than 1500 organizations every year delivering interactive learning that is readily put to use in the wide variety of organizations these people lead.

        When non-profit leaders leave Vantage Point, they are confident in their abilities and empowered to lead their organization, support their team, deliver their mission and, ultimately, affect their communities in positive ways.

        Learn about our Vantage Point Bursary Fund

        Join us in building a Vantage Point Bursary Fund that enhances accessibility of our programs and supports to the whole of our diverse community of non-profit leaders across BC.

        Meet Our Clients

        Non-profits are vital to our communities – sparking change, inspiring creativity.

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