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Programs and Events

Vantage Point is a not-for-profit organization that supports other not-for-profits by providing professional development learning opportunities on board governance, leadership, and people management. Our unique model of delivery is founded on our ability to engage a large number of volunteer knowledge philanthropists to facilitate our courses and workshops; they have expertise in the topic areas and a passion to share with it with the community.

Our high quality learning opportunities have contributed to our strong reputation in the community, and in 2013, hundreds of leaders benefitted from our workshops, advanced learning labs, and customized services.  93% of those surveyed stated our learning opportunities improved their capacity to lead their organization. 

Contact us to learn more and explore how we can work together.

Scheduled Workshops | [view complete list of workshops]

Board Basics: Roles and Responsibilities | May 6, 2014, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

A highly effective and engaged board has clarity around roles, responsibilities and aligns its work and performance with organizational values and vision.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Lynda Gerty
Suggested participants: board members of not-for-profit organizations
Location: Room 120, Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC V3T 4B8

This workshop focuses on board members’ key responsibilities and moves boards out of operations and into the “big picture”. This learning opportunity covers leadership models, modes of governing, board recruitment, meeting management, committee structure and evaluation techniques.

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Performance Management | May 07, 2014, 8:30am - 12:30pm

This workshop focuses on practical tools for dealing with performance and development of your people in a proactive manner.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Tara Kemes
Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs and administrator of volunteer resources
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Managing performance is key to workforce engagement and the effectiveness and productivity of your organization. This session will provide hands-on tools to set SMART goals for your employees and volunteers, prepare for and conduct effective performance reviews, provide timely and constructive feedback, and have those crucial conversations when someone may no longer fit the role or organization.

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Knowledge Philanthropy: How to Find & Engage Skilled Volunteers | May 13, 2014, 9am – 12:30pm

From project managers to human resources experts, from business analysts to information technology specialists, talented community members are eager to contribute their skills to your cause as knowledge philanthropists.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Lynda Gerty
Suggested participants: executive directors or senior not-for-profit leaders
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

This hands-on workshop will prepare executive directors, board members and other senior leaders to create a high level position and find a knowledge philanthropist to deliver it.

For the full workshop description, please click here.

 

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Fierce Conversations Workshop | May 15 & 16, 2014, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Vantage Point is pleased to announce that the Fierce Conversations® workshops are back! Presented in partnership with Effective Leadership, Fierce Conversations® teaches attendees how to ignite productive dialogue that interrogates reality, provokes learning, resolves tough challenges, and enriches relationships. It’s the place to begin, the cornerstone of great leadership, healthy cultures, intelligent strategies, and whole-hearted execution.

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Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver
Cost: please contact Marife Sonico 604-637-8289604-637-8289  msonico@thevantagepoint.ca
Facilitator: Cheryle Beaumont
Audience: Not For Profit leaders

Conversations are the work horses of an organization. The central function of any team member is to engineer productive, spirited dialogue that provides clarity and impetus for change and results.

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* SOLD OUT* Effective Fund Development for Board Members | May 21, 2014, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

This workshop is targeted to board members who want to learn how to develop strategic fundraising plans to target a diverse range of fundraising sources.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Meriko Kubota and Siohban Aspinall
Suggested participants: Not-for-Profit board members, and executive directors or fund development professional who want to increase their board’s engagement in fundraising
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

Boards have a critical role to play in fund development, yet many board members don’t feel they have the experience or confidence to be effective in promoting their organization. This interactive workshop will cover fundraising success factors, strategic relationship building, how to pitch to potential contributors, and writing successful grant applications.

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The Abundant Not-for-Profit: An Introduction | June 03, 2014, 9:00am – 12:30pm

This session will challenge scarcity thinking in our sector and equip you to recognize the unique opportunity you have to engage an abundance of talented people.

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Cost: Member $110.00; Non-member $125.00
Facilitator: Lynda Gerty
Suggested participants: executive directors or senior not-for-profit leaders
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Working alongside other not-for-profit executive directors and board members, you will explore a new road map to not-for-profit leadership. It hinges on our unique advantage: as not-for-profits, we do not require more money to have more impact. We can hire the best, most talented people, and pay them with meaning.

For the full workshop description, please click here.

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Navigating Performance Issues | June 06, 2014, 8:30am - 12:30pm

This workshop focuses on tools to develop or strengthen your discipline and termination policies and procedures.

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Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Tara Kemes
Suggested participants: executive directors/CEOs and administrator of volunteer resources
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Are you faced with employee or volunteer performance management challenges or involuntary termination? By implementing a progressive, corrective discipline process, you encourage your employees and volunteers to become productive to your organization. In addition, the workshop will provide you with important information to help you soundly terminate an employee or volunteer.  

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Board Basics: Roles and Responsibilities | June 13, 2014, 9:00am – 12:00pm

A highly effective and engaged board has clarity around roles, responsibilities and aligns its work and performance with organizational values and vision.

[more info]

Cost: Member $95.00; Non-member $110.00
Facilitator: Charlene Dy
Suggested participants: board members of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

This workshop focuses on board members’ key responsibilities and moves boards out of operations and into the “big picture”. This learning opportunity covers leadership models, modes of governing, board recruitment, meeting management, committee structure and evaluation techniques.

Register Get on the Wait / Interest List

 

Advanced Learning

Leaders Lab: Lead, Govern and Manage your Organization with Excellence
This four month program creates dynamic team leadership by examining six essential areas of a strong organizational foundation and the role of the executive director and the board in each area. [more info]

Executive Lab: Creating Strong Leadership
This seven month program focuses on executive competencies to lead change in your organization and community. [more info]

Governance Lab: Building Outstanding Boards
This five month program is a unique, interactive shared learning opportunity to advance the effectiveness and efficiency of your board by specifically targeting the board chair, executive director, and vice (incoming) chair. [more info]

Webinars

Critical Role of the Board Chair | May 5, 2014, 10:00 - 11:00am

As board chair do you wrestle with how to identify the right conversations for your meetings? Is maintaining role clarity between the executive director and board members a focus for you? Do you fret about getting the right people around the board table? The good news is you’re on the right track.

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Cost: $20.00
Facilitator: Lynda Gerty
Suggested participants: chairs and incoming chairs of not-for-profit organizations

This webinar will allow you to more effectively lead your board by focusing on your three key roles: a catalyst for leading governance-level conversations; a captain in facilitating the relationship between the executive director and the board; and a coach to develop the board as a team.

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Knowledge Philanthrophy: How to Find and Engage Skilled Volunteers | June 11, 2014, 10:00 - 11:00am

This webinar will examine key success factors for turning your to-do list into a series of knowledge philanthropy roles that will attract high performing people.

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Cost: $20.00
Facilitator: Lynda Gerty
Suggested participants: executive directors and senior not-for-profit leaders

With the right deliverables, timelines, accountability, recruitment tactics, interviewing and onboarding, you can strategically build your team, one great role at a time. Participants will also have the opportunity to submit a draft knowledge philanthropy position description for review and feedback by Vantage Point.

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Board Meetings that Truly Govern | July 17, 2014, 10:00 - 11:00am

What does a great governance conversation look like in a board meeting? Governance happens in board meetings. It’s time to make them engaging and effective.

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Cost: $20.00
Facilitator: T.B.D.
Suggested participants: chairs and incoming chairs of not-for-profit organizations

This webinar will provide concrete tools to focus your meetings on what matters. How to build a consent agenda, tips to lead strategic and generative conversations, and techniques for effective decision-making will be explored.

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Customized Learning and Consulting

Vantage Point can design and deliver customized workshops and consulting services with your organization's specific needs in mind. Interested in designing solutions for your organization?
Contact Karen Buchamer at 604.637.8291