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A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to talk about our new book with Joe Waters and Megan Strand on CauseTalk Radio. We had no idea how much fun it would turn out to be!

Megan and Joe asked insightful questions, shared their hopes and doubts, and made us laugh out loud.

Tune in now and tell us what you think.

Did you know… the first instant cake mix Betty Crocker developed did not sell very well? Initial product surveys indicated customers felt “just adding water” was too easy, and therefore the cake must not be worth eating. So Betty Crocker went back to the drawing board and added one more step – an egg. After 59 years I think it’s obvious how successful this change made Betty Crocker.

What does Betty Crocker cake mix have to do with your organization’s volunteer roles? Well – is it possible volunteers want a different experience than the one you’re offering?

One of the most common sentiments I...

Over the past few years, I have been a “high potential,” “second in command,” “next generation” leader. As mentioned in past blog posts, I’ve been part of an experiment in succession planning here at Vantage Point. Last week, I returned from maternity leave to embark on a five month journey to turn that experiment into reality (and put my potential to the test) by assuming the role of Interim Executive Director.

After a heart-wrenching, “Mummy, I’d like you to stay home with me,” from my three year old on Monday morning, I left my little ones to my talented and generally awesome Mum. I...

Just over seven days ago, we invited not-for-profit leaders across North America into a conversation about not-for-profit abundance.

After two years of research, writing and editing, it was a little nerve-wracking to finally release The Abundant Not-for-Profit into the world. We hoped the message would resonate. We hoped it would spark your imagination. We hoped you might share it with others.

Today, we want to say a huge thank you.

Thank you for downloading the book, for reading it, for sending us your positive feedback – and for spreading the word.

Thanks to you, we have connected with...

Over the past two years, more than 50 incredible people have contributed their expertise, knowledge and ideas to create The Abundant Not-for-Profit.

Today, we begin a conversation with not-for-profit leaders across North America.

The Abundant Not-for-Profit is now available on our website as an e-book.

It’s time to challenge conventional thinking in our sector. It’s time to engage the abundance of talented people that are willing – even yearning – to contribute to our organizations, if only we can realize how to work with them effectively.

It’s time to stop bemoaning our lack of resources and...

We know there are many stories of organizations that have adopted a business model that recruits people to be volunteers – and then focuses on their knowledge, skills and experience. They recruit volunteer “heads.” We know these organizations understand the high value they gain as they hire exceptional consultants they can pay with meaning, rather than money.  At Vantage Point we are always excited to hear, and then tell, those stories.

You can build an abundant not-for-profit in many different ways. The first ingredient is always realizing people are passionate about your cause and are anxious...

Are you proud of your board? Do the people around the table inspire you?  When recruiting, do you ask yourself: will this person bring greater pride and inspiration to the board?

Too many of us begin board recruitment with lofty goals and end up accepting “warm bodies.” We know these people are not a perfect fit. They are only “qualified” because they have the time and some interest.

Let’s stop this practice and start working with only the best. Period.

Your board composition is greater than the sum of its parts. One person has the potential to change the entire culture. When high performing...

Often people come to Vantage Point and say they would like to volunteer with us. Can you remember a time when someone said that to you? I’ll bet it has happened! Many people in the community are passionate about your cause, and they will often approach your organization to explore how they can contribute. And if your organization has an event, or if you have an ongoing task they could do, you might be able to slot them in.

What if you could begin to match their specific skills and interests to a meaningful (new) role in your organization? We have developed a step-by-step process you can put in...

I object to the term “volunteer program.”

In our sector many organizations use this term to describe all the voluntary roles that perform day to day operations (i.e. actual programs and services). Recruitment, onboarding, training, engagement, supervision and recognition of people in these roles are managed within the “volunteer program.”

If I asked you to list all the programs and services your organization operates, would “volunteer program” be among them? No. Because volunteers aren’t a program. They are the people who bring your programs, services and mission to life. Just the same as...

People are abandoning community.

Today’s generation is apathetic.

Volunteerism is dead.

There. We said it. Now do we have your attention?

We’ve all heard the same news: Charities are in trouble. People are disengaged. Volunteering is on the decline. Sponsorship and grant money is disappearing. Bowling alleys are empty.

We don’t agree. Well, at least on the people part. And people are our thing.

Here’s a thought: What if we told you it isn’t that people are abandoning community. It’s that community is abandoning people.

Visit any online or social media group and you’ll see hundreds – even...

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