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From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

This month’s podcast guest, Kathi Irvine, gets out her dance shoes to walk us through the steps of Mastering the Governance Foxtrot: Effective Board/ED Relations. Kathi is a long-time knowledge philanthropist here at Vantage Point and a skilled consultant and facilitator. She is Co-Founding Partner of Watershed Organizational Development Group Inc., where she supports for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with…

 

TV showrunner Shonda Rhimes recently spoke at the TED conference here in Vancouver, sharing insights from her Year of Yes. If you missed her talk, she’s also chronicled her experience in a bestselling book -- relaying her journey of saying yes to everything that scared her, and overcoming the debilitating fear that limited her life. 

Fear is a powerful emotion many of us in the not-for-profit space can relate to. But often our fear is rooted in a different place. Our fear is not of taking on new projects or being open to the world, but a fear of saying no. 

Deep down, the very concept of ‘no...

 

Michael Anhorn is a warm person with a reputation for collaboration and sharing. He grew up in Penzance, Saskatchewan, a small farming community, and realized early on that a career as a farmer was not for him. After university, Michael began a Masters of Divinity at Queens Theological College, but did not complete it. Instead, he realized he could fight for the causes that he is passionate about – social justice, inclusion, and social housing – within the not-for-profit sector. Over the years, Michael has held a variety of roles in government and the not-for-profit sector, giving him a broad...

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

Gordon Holley, CEO of Humanity Financial Management joins me this month to contribute to Imagine Canada’s national efforts to put the “overhead myth” to rest. Gordon highlights recent studies that indicate strong investment in overhead will drive greater positive change in our communities. These studies directly contradict the perspective that many funders and donors continue to have that organizations should seek to spend less on overhead and more on programs and projects. Gordon offers key tips on what we can each do as leaders in the sector to end the overhead myth, once and for all!

BC not-for-profit new societies act announcement and resources

It’s official. The new Societies Act comes into force on November 28, 2016. 

The new legislation addresses many of the common complaints of the current BC Society Act and introduces changes to allow societies to operate more effectively while simultaneously protecting public interest. Some of the changes include:

  • Qualifications of Directors
  • Member-Funded Societies
  • Senior Managers
  • Reporting on Remuneration of Directors, Employees and Contractors
  • Unalterable Provisions and Special Resolutions
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Borrowing and Issuance of Securities
  • Electronic Filings

With many of these...

 

Reposted with permission from Bull Housser.

The new Societies Act will come into force on November 28, 2016.

The BC Corporate Registry recently added a number of informative documents regarding the Societies Act to its website, including:

  • links to the new Act and Regulations;
  • a table outlining some the new Act’s impact on existing societies;
  • a 2-way concordance with the current Society Act;
  • an outline of the new electronic filing system; and
  • answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

The index to these documents can be viewed at the BC Corporate Registry.

We recommended that societies regularly...

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

From our Vantage Point

Episode 9  -  Board Committee Structure: Going Lean
 

 

Carol Neuman, Director of Learning, Vantage Point

Carol Neuman, Vantage Point’s Director of Learning, shares her insights on the topic: Board Committee Structure: Going Lean. To my surprise, in order to get at the root of the topic, Carol ends up talking about melon-ballers and frying pans. From Carol’s vantage point, “going lean” on committees means paring back to the key essentials and taking intentional care to regularly review terms of reference, while reserving task forces for project-specific work, as needed.

Carol holds a Masters in Communications and Culture from the University of...

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

From our Vantage Point

Episode 8  - What's the Deal with Robert's Rules of Order
 

 

Chilwen Cheng, Managing Partner, Ascendion Law

This month I finally get to the topic that inspired the idea for this podcast: What's the deal with Robert's Rules of Order? I’ve personally worked with not-for-profit boards for over a decade and I’ve never opened the 700+ page Robert’s Rules of Order. I’ve dismissed the whole idea as being overly complex and simply too overwhelming for the typical board member to digest and, ultimately, a deterrent to effective board member engagement.

My guest, Eli Mina, a Vancouver based consultant on board effectiveness and a registered...

 

Reposted with permission from Bull Housser

The days of the current Society Act are officially numbered. It has now been announced that the new Societies Act will come into force on November 28, 2016.

As part of its plan to modernize the legislation governing not-for-profits in the province, on November 23, 2015 an Order in Council was passed setting November 28, 2016 as the date on which the new Societies Act will come into force. The Regulations to the Societies Act are also now publicly available and can be viewed on the website of the British Columbia Legislature.

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I am in highly skilled company for this podcast, focused on best practices in volunteer engagement in a unionized workforce. Jill Wurflinger has built her knowledge in volunteer engagement through her current role as National Director of Volunteer Engagement at the Canadian Diabetes Association, as well as past roles as Manager, Volunteer Engagement, BC-Yukon Division of the Canadian Cancer Society; Manager, National Olympic Committee/National Paralympic Committee Assistants Program for Vanoc - Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; and Field Executive for Scouts Canada.

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