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From Strong to Abundant

From Strong to Abundant

From Strong to Abundant

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There are many talented people in our communities that want to contribute their skills and expertise to a cause they believe in.

Building from a strong foundation of excellent governance, leadership, planning, and people practices, Abundant Not-For-Profits create meaningful opportunities to engage talented volunteers at all levels of the organization.

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Effective Committees Resource

Effective Committees Resource

Effective Committees Resource

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Committees are valuable vehicles used to accomplish much in a non-profit organization. They are the units that take on specific and detailed work when the task is too complex and time consuming to handle in meetings of the entire board, thus increasing overall efficiency.

What’s more, committees provide opportunities for the organization to foster and develop talent to keep the leadership pipeline full. Involving more people, supporting volunteers to use their specialized skills or interests, and addressing work in right-sized groups make committees a very real asset for non-profit organizations.

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Guide to All Vantage Point Resources

Guide to All Vantage Point Resources

Guide to All Vantage Point Resources

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Vantage Point exists to support people moving not-for-profit organizations forward – Executive Directors, board members, senior leaders, managers, staff, and volunteers.

In this document you will find a categorized and hyperlinked list of our workshops, podcasts, blog posts, and ready-to-use documents. The documents include guides, templates, and worksheets. Our resources will provide you with tools and tactics to immediately lift your organization’s capacity.

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Covid-19 Government Financial Resources for Not-for-Profits

Covid-19 Government Financial Resources for Not-for-Profits

Financial Resources for Not-for-Profits

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The economic and financial resources made available by the federal and provincial governments in response to COVID-19. Not-for-profit organizations can access this as employers and share with all employees and workers.

Please note that information is constantly changing and thus, while care and effort is made to keep this resource page updated, the information can become outdated quickly.

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Stakeholder Survey

Stakeholder Survey

Stakeholder Survey

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This sample stakeholder survey was developed for a fictional community organization that serves families with young children.

Surveys like this can be used to gather information about stakeholders and clients in order to develop and evaluate programs, or as part your strategic planning activities.

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Circles of Support

Circles of Support

Circles of Support

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Creating your Circles of Support is a valuable way of identifying stakeholders.

With this tool, you can pinpoint which community groups, clients, volunteers and other stakeholders are most important to your organization’s current and future success.

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Stakeholder Analysis Quadrant Exercise

Stakeholder Analysis Quadrant Exercise

Stakeholder Analysis Quadrant Exercise

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The strategic planning quadrant can be used during strategic planning to identify and prioritize stakeholders based on:

1. Their level of power or influence they have over your organization.

2. Their level of interest in your organization, products and/or services.

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Modes of Governance: Sharing Leadership With Your Board

Modes of Governance: Sharing Leadership With Your Board

Modes of Governance: Sharing Leadership

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Boards have three primary approaches to governance.

According to authors Chait, Ryan and Taylor, not-for-profit boards have three primary approaches to their work in governing organizations: fiduciary, strategic and generative.

Think of three modes of governing as three different types of conversations that need to happen at the board table. These conversations become tools that help board members feel empowered to make the right types of decisions, harness the collective wisdom of the board, and improve board performance.

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Better Use of Board Time

Better Use of Board Time

Better Use of Board Time

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Most boards spend fewer than 25 hours each year together around the board table – it’s important that this time be used wisely and effectively, discussing matters of consequence and keeping an eye towards the future.

This tool can be used as a conversation starter with your board members to reflect on what makes the best use of your board’s time and identify potential changes to your board meeting agenda or board calendar.

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Responsibility Overview: Board/Executive Director and Employees

Responsibility Overview: Board/Executive Director and Employees

Responsibility Overview: Board/Executive Director and Employees

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Role clarity is crucial to a high-performing not-for-profit organization.

This chart is designed as a simplified reference tool to distinguish different levels of responsibility for board and executive director/employees in fourteen key functions of your organization.

This is not a complete list of roles and responsibilities for board and salaried employees, but a reference for key areas where there is often role confusion. You can easily adapt this resource to your organization.

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