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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 Fundamentals: Not-For-Profit Financial Essentials | January 13, 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Embrace your fiduciary responsibility.

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Facilitator: Gordon Holley
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors, board members and other senior leaders
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

This half-day session will introduce you to a wide variety of financial management strategies and discuss ways to implement financial management tools effectively.

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Nonprofit Lifecycles I: Understanding Organizational Capacity | January 20, 2015, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Determine concrete steps to immediately build your organization’s capacity in governance, management, financial resources and administrative systems.

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Facilitator: Denise Baker & Mark Friesen
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Senior leaders (i.e. Executive Directors, CEOs, Directors, Managers, etc.) or board members of not-for-profit organizations
Location: Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Surrey

Understanding your organization’s lifecycle stage allows you to pin point your exact growing pains and determine your next steps in capacity development.

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Board Fundamentals: Fund Development | February 6, 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm

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.

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Facilitator: Rowena Veylan and Leanne Denis
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Board members, executive directors/CEOs or senior leaders (i.e. Directors, Managers, etc.) of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

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

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Board Fundamentals: Roles & Responsibilities | February 11, 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm

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

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Facilitator: Lynn Pelletier
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: current and perspective board members
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”.

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Recruiting for Keeps: Strategies for Attracting High Performers | February 16, 2015 l 9:00am - 12:00pm

Attracting and recruiting top talent is paramount to your organization’s success.

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Facilitator: Tara Kemes
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive Directors/CEOs, and administrators of volunteer resources
Location: Vantage Point Offices l 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

In this workshop you will explore best practices in developing job descriptions, screening resumes, developing interview questions, and conducting reference checks to proactively attract and recruit high performers to your employee and volunteer roles..

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STRATEGIC PLANNING WEB SERIES I - Building a Vision for your Organization | February 27, 2015 l 8:00am – 9:00am PST

A clear and compelling community vision extends beyond the bounds or your organization.

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Facilitator: Mark Friesen, Consulting Manager l Vantage Point
Cost: $25.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders of not-for-profit organizations
Location: online

Learn what makes a community-inspired vision, who should be involved in crafting it, and activities to build out and explore high-impact candidates for your organization’s vision.

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Strategic Planning ABCs: Alignment, Buy-In, Clarity | March 24, 2015, 9:00am – 12:30pm

A strategic plan provides high-level direction and ensures effective board governance for an organization.

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Facilitator: Randy Schaefer
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

Learn why having a strategic plan is important to your organization and how this can be achieved. This workshop focuses on the importance of a strategic plan and outlines its components.

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STRATEGIC PLANNING WEB SERIES II - Connecting your Mission to Tangible Long-Term Goals | March 27, 2015 l 8:00am – 9:00am PST

Learn how to build defined success and organizational priorities that connect the strategic direction of your organization with operational activities.

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Facilitator: Mark Friesen, Consulting Manager l Vantage Point
Cost: $25.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders of not-for-profit organizations
Location: online

Explore two of the key elements to the Vantage Point strategic planning framework: Defined Success and Priorities.

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WEBINAR - Board Fundamentals: Roles & Responsibilities | March 30, 2015, 4:00pm – 5:00pm PST

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

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Facilitator: T.B.D.
Cost: $25.00
Suggested participants: current and perspective board members
Location: Online

This workshop focuses on board members’ key responsibilities and moves boards out of operations and into the “big picture”.

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Understanding the BC Society Act | April 7, 2015 l 9:00am - 12:30pm

The BC Society Act impacts your organization’s success - it's time to understand it.

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Facilitator: Michael Blatchford
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

This workshop reviews how this Act affects the ongoing work of your board and organization.

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Board Fundamentals: Critical role of the Chair | April 8, 2015 l 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Strong Leadership is about more than running efficient meetings.

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Facilitator: T.B.D.
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Board Chairs and incoming board chairs of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melvile Street, Downtown Vancouver

Learn key strategies to engage your board in achieving its organizational mission.

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Board Fundamentals: Roles & Responsibilities | April 14, 2015 l 5:30pm - 8:30pm

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

[more info]

Facilitator: T.B.D.
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: current and perspective board members
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”.

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Employee Engagement: Building a Culture of Passion & Performance | April 16, 2015 l 9:00am - 12:00pm

Foster commitment, passion and performance in the people you work with.

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Facilitator: Rebecca Schalm
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive Directors/CEOs, Board members, and not-for-profit employees looking to strengthen their management style.
Location: 1183 Melvile Street, Downtown Vancouver

Learn and execute concrete tactics to create a positive and supportive work environment.

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STRATEGIC PLANNING WEB SERIES III - Embedding your long-term goals in the everyday | April 24, 2015 l 8:00am – 9:00am PST

Clarify the roles of the board and management in building out the strategic plan and the operational plan.

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Facilitator: Mark Friesen, Consulting Manager l Vantage Point
Cost: $25.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders of not-for-profit organizations
Location: online

Learn practical steps and gain concrete resources to build out strategies and annual activities that embed your mission in the everyday.

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Human Resources: Developing High Performers | May 12, 2015 l 9:00am - 12:00pm

Managing performance is key to workforce engagement and the effectiveness and productivity of your organization.

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Facilitator: Tara Kemes
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors, board members and other senior leaders who are keen to explore a new approach to not-for-profit leadership.
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

Learn practical hands-on tools to develop your talent.

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*FREE* Knowledge Philanthropy: How to Find & Engage Volunteer Talent | May 18, 2015 l 9:00am - 12:30pm

Start connecting with the abundance of talent in your community.

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Facilitator: T.B.D.
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Not-for-profit leaders interested in attracting, and engaging knowledge philanthropists, assigning them work and managing the successful completion of their role.
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

Explore practices that support the successful engagement of knowledge philanthropists, or skilled volunteers, and learn how to proactively plan for, attract and engage knowledge philanthropists in your work.

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Understanding the BC Society Act | May 27, 2015 l 9:00am - 12:30pm

The BC Society Act impacts your organization’s success - it's time to understand it.

[more info]

Facilitator: T.B.D. 
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other senior leaders
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

This workshop reviews how this Act affects the ongoing work of your board and organization.

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Board Fundamentals: Awesome Board Meetings | June 11, 2015 l 9:00am - 12:00pm

Governance happens in board meetings. It’s time to make them engaging and effective.

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Facilitator: T.B.D.
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Chairs or incoming chairs and senior leaders of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

This workshop will provide concrete tools to focus your meetings on what matters.

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Board Fundamentals: Fund Development | June 18, 2015, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

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.

[more info]

Facilitator: T.B.D.
Cost: member - $95.00; non-member - $110.00
Suggested participants: Board members, executive directors/CEOs or senior leaders (i.e. Directors, Managers, etc.) of not-for-profit organizations
Location: 1183 Melville St., Downtown Vancouver

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

Register Get on the Wait / Interest  List

 

Advanced Learning

Emerging Leaders: The Right Path for Developing Not-For-Profit Leaders
This three session series focuses on two leadership attributes: leads self and develops talent. You will look at your own personal leadership approach, as well as developing individuals and developing teams.[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]

 

Customized Training 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 Nareena Switlo at 604 637.8297