In 2010, Vantage Point engaged 166 individuals in 205 roles alongside our staff team of eight. I’m often asked: how do you find all of these talented people?
I always love this time of year ... the blank calendar, new projects, and opportunity for reflection and fresh starts. A chance to contemplate the challenges and successes of the past year, and dream about the one ahead. It’s a time I often feel anything is possible.
December is the time of year we all become very fixated on giving: presents, donations, volunteer time. We seem to have arrived at a place of thinking “giving” should be strategic – as in, make a budget and a list before you buy presents; research a charity’s finances before you make a donation; choose a volunteer opportunity where you can also spend time with your friends and family.
“All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door”- John Kenneth Galbraith This quote is the opening statement in Dan Pallotta’s book Uncharitable: How Constraints on Nonprofits Undermine their Potential. Last week Vantage Point brought Dan Pallotta to Vancouver to share his message with a sold-out room of not-for-profit executives, board members and corporate funders. I was energized by the audible buzz in the room as everyone digested the idea that real progress toward solving social issues may require a new way of thinking about, and investing in, not-for-profits.
This November 18th, Vantage Point and Telus are thrilled to be hosting a breakfast with Dan Pallotta, author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential. The following is an excerpt from one of Dan's Harvard Business Review blog posts, challenging one of the fundamental canons of the not-for-profit sector.